We are often contacted for advice on having an autopsy performed, finding a forensic pathologist, or having our agency and/or forensic pathologist conduct a review of records, reports and photographs in a criminal or civil case for pre- and active litigation. Many find it interesting the options available to them – or not available. The first question to ask is – is the body available for autopsy; and the second is – was an autopsy performed? The only thing that prevents an autopsy is cremation. An autopsy can be performed on an embalmed body, including exhumed weeks to years - even decades - later. Embalming does present issues; however, these are addressed by the forensic pathologist.
Visit www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/autopsy-options-in-civil-and-criminal-litigation for details.
We have recently updated information on our primary agency website for services, forms, and CVs.
-- About Us - www.DeathCaseReview.com/about-us.html
-- Our Services - www.DeathCaseReview.com/our-services.html
-- Dean's CV - http://dab-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- Karen's CV - http://ksb-cv.DeathCaseReview.com
-- New Commentary - Autopsy Options in Civil and Criminal Litigation
-- Reminder: Updates to Agency Information and Principal CVs
-- Commentary from the blog archives of AFI-LLC
- Homicide or Self Defense
- Requesting Military Records
- How to Request and Retrieve Your Tax Records Online
- Our Agency Professional Ethics
-- Expert Affiliations - and NEW Expert Affiliations in Forensics
-- Book Available – ‘Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator’
-- Case Studies from AFI-LLC
- Wrongful Death - Nursing Home Elder Death (Legal and Expert)
- Personal Injury - Officer Injury Incident to Response (Legal Investigation)
-- Time is money!
-- Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv) Facts & Forensics
-- Expert Affiliations
-- Tidbits From Our Profession – Association Conferences and Events
-- Associations and News
-- News From Our Profession
- Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC)
- Families, Victims, & Law Enforcement. Need Help "Cold Case Homicide Accountability Act of 2020"
- Broke, Busted, and Disgusted: A Day In the Life of American PI's - a new podcast!
-- Legislative News You Can Use... from NCISS
- Latest "Your Advocate" - digital magazine available
- Important News updates online
-- The Quint-Essential Qualities of a Professional Investigator
-- IN CLOSING...
Rocky Mountain West Agency owned by Dean A. Beers, CLI CCDI CFI-FTER and Karen S. Beers, BSW CCDI CFI-FTER.
We provide Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injury, Negligence & Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation. We are Subject Matter Experts in Equivocal Death Investigation and Analysis, Medicolegal Investigations of Death and Serious Bodily Injury.
Based in the Rocky Mountain West, we provide expert consultations nationally. Learn details at www.DeathCaseReview.com
Keep up with the current events of our agency and profession through our blog. Dating back to the fall of 2011, there are dozens of articles, tips and resources for professional investigators.
Homicide or Self Defense (11/16/2014)
Our agency was contacted by the decedent’s family to review the official records, reports and photographs of a homicide by gunshot wound to determine if the evidence and circumstances were consistent and supportive of self-defense, the official findings; or pre-meditated murder, as they believe transpired. It should be noted that the Manner of Death of Homicide, a medical determination, is undisputed – only the legal findings.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/homicide-or-self-defense
Requesting Military Records (11/23/2014)
This question comes up frequently, and for our agency it has been some time since doing these regularly. A few things have improved - one area that hasn't is their response. Although frequently recorded with the Clerk & Recorder (or similar) DD214s are considered confidential and available only to the veteran - spouse or other next-of-kin cannot receive a DD214. However, the near equivalent information is available from the Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF).
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/requesting-military-records
How to Request and Retrieve Your Tax Records Online (12/04/2014)
The most common question is how to obtain another person’s tax records – we'll get to that shortly. First, how to get your or instruct a client how to obtain their own. You can do so online or by mail, dating back approximately 7 years. You will have to directly contact the IRS for more historical records.
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/how-to-request-and-retrieve-your-tax-records-online
Our Agency Professional Ethics (12/11/2014)
As Professional Investigators and Expert Consultants we are dedicated to search for factual information through acceptable investigative procedures. It is our purpose to deal honestly, justly and courteously with all whom they come in contact and to practice their profession according to this Code of Ethics.
We share a responsibility for maintaining inviolate the integrity and trust of our profession. In discharging this responsibility, therefore, we pledge our Agency Professional Ethics
-- continued at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/professional-ethics
We believe that medicolegal investigation and consultation is a team effort. Stephen Cina MD and Harold Schueler PhD are our agency affiliated experts in our respective fields offering our clients comprehensive medicolegal services.
Dr. Cina, based in Colorado, is the former Chief Medical Examiner of Cook County IL. and now provides contract and independent forensic autopsies and consultations.
Dr. Schueler is now a profession at mid-Atlantic university, and is the former Chief Forensic Toxicologist of a large mid-Atlantic metropolitan area.
We are proud of our working relationship with Dr. Cina, since 2002 and Dr. Schueler since 2010. Contact our office to consult on medicolegal death and injury causation. The CVs of both Dr. Cina and Dr. Schueler are available by Contacting Us
Through our colleagues, we also offer direct referrals from our Affiliated Experts Referral Program! Each are available nationally.
- Forensic Nursing
- Forensic Photography
- Digital Forensics - Cell Phones
- Digital Forensics - Computers
- Digital Forensics - GPS / Vehicles
- Forensic Debugging / Technical Surveillance Countermeasures
AFI-LLC is offering our latest - and very detailed book (over 200 pages) - on Investigating Death & Serious Bodily Injuries for civil or criminal cases, "Death and Serious Bodily Injury Investigation for the Professional Investigator" by Dean & Karen Beers.
Regularly for $95 plus shipping, save 25% - email us today and we'll ship your book tomorrow! Just $75 via PayPal.
This guide is over 200 pages and includes the core of our distance learning course manual. It includes over 20 additional forensic, death and serious bodily injury based articles. You will learn how to conduct death and SBI investigations to better advise your client, and prepare the case for expert consultation - and we are prepared to be your affiliated experts!
Contact us now - firstname.lastname@example.org for book and ordering details - or visit www.DeathandInjuryInvestigationGuide.com
We are often asked about the types of traumatic injury and death cases we review - from family equivocal deaths to civil and criminal cases for attorneys and investigators. Each month we will present two previous cases - of hundreds - with a variety of circumstances, evidence, and conclusions.
Wrongful Death - Nursing Home Elder Death (Legal and Expert)
Our agency was retained by counsel on behalf of the family to review the medical records and investigate a death reported as suspicious by the funeral home to the family. The funeral home notified the county coroner’s office.
Investigation revealed that the coroner’s office was given false information by the decedent’s nurse. Upon notification by the funeral home, an autopsy and thorough investigation were completed.
The records reflected that the underlying incident was the result of another unsupervised patient forcibly shoving the decedent backwards, causing her to fall and hit her head after landing supine. Her complaints of severe pain continued in the days following, including comfort care pain protocol - Vicodin was ordered, as was an increase in dosage and frequency of morphine. There was some noted concern of oxygen saturation levels below 'Adequate' and nearing 'Inadequate'.
This death, in reviewing only the records, was clearly exacerbated by the incident and the consequential required comfort care protocol. There were also found issues of improper incident documentation, corrective follow-up, family and health board notifications, resident monitoring and enhanced staff training for handling these situations and residents.
Specific to the circumstances of death, the increased narcotic analgesics due to the incident and severe pain lead to the inability of the decedent to maintain adequate oxygen saturation levels. This exacerbated the inability to metabolize the administered morphine, resulting in the elevated morphine levels found in postmortem toxicology. Investigation also determined that there was in adequate supervision, including staff-to-resident ratio, in the activity room at the time of the incident. There was no previous reported history of intra-resident physical altercations or deaths with unusual or suspicious circumstances. However, there were similar past occurrence reports that included issues of oxygen therapy, bowel movement checks and care, intra-resident abuse, etc.
Independent investigation concurred with the official ruling of Accident due to morphine toxicity as a result of a fall.
Case was reported to have settled before trial.
Personal Injury - Officer Injury Incident to Response (Legal Investigation)
Our agency was retained by counsel on behalf of the plaintiff, an injured law enforcement officer, who responded to a large bar disturbance. The altercation was at a private wedding reception involving wedding guests. One guest was intoxicated and uncooperative, resulting in being forcibly arrested and causing injury to the Plaintiff.
Investigation included interviewing multiple persons known to have been at the bar, including employees. It was determined that bartenders did willfully and knowingly serve alcohol to visibly intoxicated persons and underage persons. Specifically, the uncooperative person causing injury to the Plaintiff was determined to have been served while visibly intoxicated by multiple bartenders. It was also determined that there was inadequate supervision by the bar, knowing in advance the estimated attendees from the wedding party. Further investigation revealed that there was no consumption of alcohol in advance, nor had any persons interviewed used any prescription or illicit drugs at that time.
Plaintiff was awarded damages at trial.
Learn how we efficiently multi-task using these tools. Visit this article on our blog at www.DeathCaseReview.com/afi-llc-blog/time-is-money-multi-tasking-is-time-recovered!
- DropBox - http://DropBox.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Right Inbox for Gmail - www.RightInBox.com
- Desktop Texting - www.MySMS.com
- Ring Central Faxing - http://Fax.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Ring Central VOIP - http://RingCentral.PrivateInvestigations.org
- Toll-Free Numbers - http://Kall8.PrivateInvestigations.org (PIs - contact our office for more uses)
- Split View - www.SplitView.com
Be sure and also look for this article on this topic in The Legal Investigator, official journal of the National Association of Legal Investigators http://www.bluetoad.com/publication/?i=495442!
Our continued apologies - due to our heavy schedule, we are behind on finishing the latest Facts & Forensics podcast. We will have this ready this month! Please visit www.GIMG.tv for a forensic investigation based article from us!
Global Investigators Media Group (GIMG.tv)
Facts & Forensics
About every other month Dean host a podcast featuring topical information in the areas of legal investigations and forensic investigations. He is joined by his wife and business partner, Karen for 'Conversations with Karen' on special topics of interest. Dean closes each episode with a 'Special Guest' who is an expert in a forensic specialty. Tune in this, and every, month!
All shows are posted at http://gimg.tv - the latest podcast topics include:
Conversations with Karen
Updates on trends and current events from our agency and profession!
Special Guest with Dean
This month - around the 15th of this month, we will be having our good friend and expert consultant (photography and GPS), Robert Wyman, tell us about his most current offering of Cell Phone Call and Tower Mapping!
* Obtaining the subscriber’s Call Detail Records via subpoena
* Contacting the cellular telephone companies (“carriers”)
* Extracting usable data from the Call Detail Records
* Mapping the cellular telephone towers which have hosted the calls with Google Earth or a mapping program
* Advanced mapping of each call’s directionality from a tower using a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), mapping or diagramming program
* Tabulating the Call Detail Records for additional analysis in Excel, including sorting records to uncover common telephone numbers and subscriber relationships
* Preparing exhibits and illustrations of the call and tower analysis
* Testimony regarding the accuracy and precision of the mapping effort
Do you have news of your associations and members to share? Please let us know!
Arizona Association of Licensed Private Investigators and Arizona Process Servers Association
September 07th-08th - Annual Conference in Mesa AZ
Details at www.aalpi.com/events/conference
Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
September 14th-15th - PPIAC 2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference in Breckenridge, CO
Details at www.PPIAC.org
Minnesota Association of Private Investigators
September 26th-27th - Fall Conference in Morton MN
Details at www.MAPI.org
October 07th-09th - Osmosis Annual Conference in Las Vegas NV.
Details at www.OsmosisCon.com
Michigan Council of Professional Investigators
October 10th - 2018 Annual Training Conference at Michigan State University in Lansing MI
Details at www.MCPIhome.com
Indiana Society of Professional Investigators / Criminal Defense Investigators Training Council
October 26th-27th - Certification Training for Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery Method
Details at www.IndianaInvestigators.com
World Association of Detectives
September 27th-Oct 1st - WAD Annual Conference in Las Vegas
Details at www.WAD.net/conferences-events
National Council of Investigation & Security Services
Mid-Term Meeting will be held on November 08th, at the 2018 Investigators Superconference in NYC, NY
Details at www.NCISS.org
North Carolina Association of Private Investigators
November 04th-10th - 2018 Fall Conference in Atlantic Beach, NC
Details at www.MCPIhome.com
2018 Investigators Superconference
November 08th-11th in New York City, NY
Registration for the NYC SuperConference is LIVE at: www.2018investigators.com/shop/
27 Speakers' profiles are posted, and can be viewed at: www.2018investigators.com/speakers/
20 of the talks and panels are also described, at: www.2018investigators.com/schedule/
It is recommended to register early and save $100-$150
Is your association planning a conference we can share? Email us the details - associates@DeathCaseReview.com!
We are dedicated ambassadors to our profession and work within several associations with others to continually protect and improve our profession and resources, as well as networking and continuing education opportunities.
Professional Private investigations Association of Colorado (www.PPIAC.org) Monthly meetings, including a training speaker, are the first Wednesday of each month, usually in the Denver metro area. PPIAC continues to hold specialized training sessions for new and veteran investigators, and also specific to the new licensing program.
2018 Rocky Mountain Private Investigators Conference 09/13 to 09/16
Hosted by the Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado
Go to https://ppiac.org/event-2664804 for event details and to register - Join next month - time is closing in!
National Association of Legal Investigators (www.NALI.com)
NALI is the premier association for legal investigators for civil plaintiff and criminal defense, and oversees the prestigious Certified Legal Investigator (CLI) program. Experience is required to join and all members are subject to a background check.
Legal Investigators working cases for civil plaintiff or criminal defense - join the National Association of Legal Investigators! (http://nalionline.org/become-a-member - please contact our office and use us as a reference on the application)
The current issue of NALI's official journal - The Legal Investigator - is now available online at www.nalionline.org/publications.htm
National Council of Investigation and Security Services (www.NCISS.org)
Each day we find an increasing number of problems confronting the orderly growth of our profession. These problems include, among others: overly restrictive legislation regarding training and standards, proliferation of legislation requiring local licensing, public misunderstanding and misinformation on the role and contribution of private investigators and security services, and an uninformed media. It is the role of NCISS to meet and solve these problems while seeking to uncover and recommend action on any hidden potential problems which may have an effect on our profession.
Karen is the NCISS Executive Director, and and oversees the day-to-day operations of the association and members, working closing with the Executive Committee and Board to advocate for the investigative and security professions.
The current issue of NCISS's official journal - Your Advocate - is available online at www.nciss.org/your-advocate
Special news and alerts are at www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
World Association of Detectives (www.WAD.net)
W.A.D. is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating back to 1921 and formalized in 1925. W.A.D. is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the world.
Karen is the W.A.D. Administrative Manager, and Dean is the Governor of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Together we work to further the mission of W.A.D. and provide resources to clients needing assistance in these regions.
The current issue of WAD's official newsletter - Beyond Global - is available online at www.wad.net/newsletters-beyond-global
Additional memberships include FALI, TALI and CALI state associations, as well as specialty specific national associations (see right sidebar). If your association has news, please send it to us for inclusion in our newsletter.
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council (CDITC)
The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council demands the highest standards of ethical and investigative excellence. We maintain that the investigator is an objective and impartial advocate of the truth. Our mission is to promote a fact driven investigation in support of due process and in defense of the 6th Amendment right to a fair trial. Do you have what it takes to be a warrior and seek the national designation of Board Certified Criminal Defense Investigator (CCDI)? Join the ranks of the elite! www.DefenseInvestigator.com
>> The Indiana Society of Professional Investigators is hosting training for forensic interviewing and certification in the Forensic Testimonial Evidence Recovery Method. Participants who complete the course successfully will earn the designation "CFI-FTER". The certification and test taking fee are included in the cost of tuition to attend the two-day training course. INspi President, Brandy Lord
and Vice President, George Gergis have worked diligently to put together a great conference! The course is not limited to criminal defense investigators, it targets anyone interested in becoming certified in forensic interviewing and learning the methodology behind it. A discounted fee is available for INspi members and public defenders. Visit www.indianainvestigators.com for details and registration. For questions relating to training, contact (574) 288-5911.
Families, Victims, & Law Enforcement. Need Help "Cold Case Homicide Accountability Act of 2020"
(shared by Mark Gillespie for Dr. Laura Pettler)
According to Murder Accountability Project, there are more than 229,000 unsolved murders in the United States. This means there are 229,000 families without answers and victims without justice. This could also mean there are 229,000 or more violent offenders still free, walking our streets, and living in our communities with that number growing by 5,000 or more every year.
-- continued at https://www.change.org/p/president-of-the-united-states-pass-the-cold-case-accountability-act-of-2020-in-federal-law?recruiter=781349254
Broke, Busted, and Disgusted: A Day In the Life of American PI's - a new podcast!
Started by our friends and colleagues across multiple associations - including state, NCISS and NALI members and board members (variously) - Jon Tipton, George Gergis, Brandy Lord, Sheila Wysocki, Troy Fleming, Mark Gillespie and Jay Marin - from across the country.
"Our title says it all! Come join some of America’s brightest, talented, and experienced Professional Investigators as we discuss the good, the bad, the ugly aspects of being a Professional Investigator. We will cover all aspects of private investigations as you come along with us and experience a day in the life of American PI’s”.
Learn more at www.facebook.com/BrokeBustedDisgustedPI
Its been very quiet for the investigation and security professions in Congress and regulatory agencies. That's a good thing - for now. We must always be prepared. One way we do that is to personally visit our Senators and Representatives every year - and stay in contact with them throughout the year. We also stay in touch with our members.
PS - be sure and catch the latest NCISS Your Advocate digital magazine at www.nciss.org/your-advocate-august-2018
To stay current, please visit www.nciss.org/important-nciss-news
Skills Appropriate for the Assignment
Law firms and medical offices specialize - Professional Investigators also specialize. Their casework and continuing education should also be in your specialized areas.
Experience and Knowledge
Professional Investigators strive to maintain and further these. All professions have requirements of continuing education. The CLI and CCDI programs both require extensive compliance with continuing education.
Responsible and Ethical Conduct
Every component of the investigation has evidentiary considerations. Professional Investigators hold themselves to a higher standard and leaves no question as to the admissibility of their evidence. Information without ethics is not evidence.
Professional Investigators maintain communication with the attorney, client, witnesses, and other key persons in the investigation. Moreover, reports are the product of an organized investigation and should reflect the work product you expect.
Keyword - 'Professional'
Honesty, Integrity & Intelligence. These define Professional Investigators and gives you the confidence that your case is in competent and skilled hands.
Specializes in the Expert Consultations and Legal Investigations of Personal Injuries, Negligence and Death in Civil, Criminal and Probate litigation.
We provide investigations and consultations of any death or serious bodily injury case nationwide with the conveniences of modern technology and assistance of our local professional friends and colleagues.
In addition, we continue to provide Due Diligence Investigations of Individual Locates, Backgrounds and Assets & Liabilities, and Heirs / Relatives for your Civil, Criminal, Probate and Domestic Relations litigation. Additional information at www.DeathCaseReview.com/general-services.html
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