Dr. Martin M Balaban, PhD, PE

AR TECH Forensic Experts, Inc
18075 Ventura Blvd, Ste 209
Encino , CA 91316
Mobile: 818-389-2062
Office: 818-344-2700
Fax: 818-344-3777

Introduction

PhD Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, MS Mechanics from Illinois Institute of Technology, BS Civil Engineering from Cooper Union. Licensed Professional Engineer (Safety) State of California.

Accident Reconstruction technical disciplines: Failure Analysis, Engineering, Mechanics, Biomechanics, Safety, Human Factors.

Vehicular: All motorized vehicle types including interactions with bicycles, pedestrians; also component failures (e.g., brakes).

Pedestrian: Falls due to trip or slip (coefficient of friction testing). All interior and exterior surfaces including sidewalks.

Premises Liability: Code compliance, stairs, ramps, handrails, guardrails, lighting, glass, screens, electronic gates, falling objects.

Industrial & Construction Accidents: Including ladders, scaffolds, machine guarding, forklifts, construction vehicles, conveyors, lifts, hoists, etc.

Mechanical fasteners: Including latches, bolts, welds.

Products liability: Including power tools, chairs, exercise equipment.

Engineering applications to criminal cases: Including vehicular manslaughter, ballistics.

Other: Consultations on patents, trade secrets and other matters.

Primary technical disciplines employed are mechanics (aka applied mechanics or engineering mechanics, and including biomechanics), mechanical engineering, civil engineering, safety engineering (including human factors and ergonomics).

• Extensive expert testimony experience in trials, arbitrations, depositions and hearings.
• Retention by both plaintiff and defense law firms as well as direct retention by major insurance carriers.
• Court-appointed expert as well as private attorney retention in criminal cases requiring physical science expertise.

Expertise and credentials on the witness stand based on:
• education at prestigious academic institutions
• professional engineer licensing pursuant to exam
• extensive engineering experience in industry prior to litigation consulting
• teaching and other academic activities.

Call direct 818-389-2062 for free initial consultation.


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Amusement Parks
  • Automotive
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Bicycle
  • Biomechanics
  • Biomedical
  • Boilers
  • Building Codes
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Child Safety
  • Construction
  • Construction Safety
  • Construction Site
  • Consumer Products
  • Conveyors
  • Cranes
  • Disabled Access
  • Doors
  • Elevator & Escalator
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Ergonomics
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forklifts
  • Furnaces
  • Helmets
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Labels & Warnings
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Latches & Fasteners
  • Lath & Plaster
  • Lifts
  • Lighting & Illumination
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Devices
  • Motorcycles
  • OSHA
  • Parking Lots/Garages
  • Personal Injury
  • Playground Safety
  • Pools & Spas
  • Power Tools
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Ramp & Stairs
  • Safety
  • Safety Engineering
  • Safety Equipment
  • Seat Belts & Air Bags
  • Slip, Trip & Fall
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Structural Engineering
  • Tile
  • Tractors
  • Traffic/Highway Safety
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Safety
  • Visibility
  • Walking & Working Surfaces
  • Warehouse Operations
  • Windows

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: BS Civil Engineering Cooper Union, MS Mechanics Illinois Institute of Technology, PhD Mechanical Engineering University of California at Berkeley, Licensed Safety Engineer (pursuant to exam) by State of California, Board for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors (SF3352).
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: ASSE, HFES, ASTM, SAE, NAPARS, etc.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Statics and Dynamics at Illinois Institute of Technology, Computer Programming at UC Berkeley, Thermodynamics at UCLA, prep courses for PE exams in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Expert Examiner for State of California re Safety Engineer Exam.
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: More than 2000.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Mechanics, biomechanics, engineering, safety, human factors.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Forty to sixty percent.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Forty to sixty percent.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: More than 400.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: This week.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Please see next question.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: More than 200.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 25 full time.
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, testing, inspections, research, analysis, reports, testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: 325.00 per hour (free initial consultation).
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: 325.00 per hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: 425.00 per hour or any fraction of an hour.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: 425.00 per hour or any fraction of an hour.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Prior agreed-upon charges for out-of-area travel. Call for specifics.

References

Call for prior retention references in specific area of interest.