Hear what Steven M. Barsky has to say about his work as a scuba diving expert witness and as a commercial diving expert witness.
Steven M. Barsky has served as an expert witness, and as a diving accident investigator, in numerous legal cases. This work has taken him to dive locations across the United States, from New York to Hawaii, as well as remote locations like Puerto Rico, Cozumel, and the Dominican Republic.
As an expert witness, Steve has testified in cases involving both sport and commercial diving accidents. He has re-created accidents and directed the testing of diving equipment. Steve has testified in state courts as well as federal admiralty court. Steve maintains topside film and digital photo systems as well as underwater video equipment for documentation and diving accident reconstruction.
As a dive accident investigator, Steve has conducted the background investigations in both cold and warm water diving situations. He has investigated or served as an expert in more than 100 cases involving decompression sickness, physical injury, and fatalities working for insurance companies like General Star Management and AIG. The attorneys and insurance companies with whom he works consistently rate his reports and advice as among the best they receive.
Steve turns down more legal cases as an expert than he accepts, at a ratio of almost two to one. He is well respected in the industry for his honesty and careful analysis of the issues. He has trained U.S. Coast Guard investigators in diving accident investigation techniques and has also lectured to the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society on the topic.
In 2003 Steve collaborated with Tom Neuman, M.D. to produce the book, Investigating Recreational and Commercial Diving Accidents. The book may be purchased from Hammerhead Press.
References for this work are available upon request.
Steve is an experienced hyperbaric chamber operator. His background includes plumbing and installing saturation diving systems. He has served as an expert witness in both commercial and recreational diving accidents.
Steve is one of the co-authors of Investigating Recreational and Commercial Diving Accidents. The book is available from Hammerhead Press.
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