Michael A. K. Liebschner

Senior Consultant / Ph.D. / Houston

Background

Dr. Liebschner received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vermont with a dissertation focusing on dynamic loadings rate effects on biological tissue. Prior, he received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Ruhr University in Bochum with a thesis on computer assisted spinal surgery.  He is an internationally renowned and well-established scholar with more than 20 years extensive expertise in the development and optimization of diagnostic and treatment options for orthopaedic injuries.  Dr. Liebschner holds several patents on medical devices.  He has conducted multiple human subject trials on wearable diagnostic devices for bone injuries and for early detection of stress fractures and osteoporosis.  He was a former scuba dive master, life-guard instructor, fork lift operator, and crane operator.

Dr. Liebschner’s primary area of consulting expertise and experience includes injury causation biomechanics, medical device defect analysis, implant biomechanics, and equipment damage and repair assessment.  He performs biomechanical analysis on cases involving low-speed accidents, driver determination, falling objects, slip and falls, amusement rides, and other accidental events.  Dr. Liebschner has a significant publication record addressing basic, applied, and clinical orthopedic topics and holds several academic appointments. Dr. Liebschner is fluent in English and German and has testified in both depositions and trials.

Representative Engagements

  • Biomechanical evaluation of injuries in automotive collisions
  • Injury consistency in low speed accidents
  • Occupational injuries consistency determination
  • Injury potential and causation analyses for falls, trips and slips
  • Determining whether a fatality resulted from a fall or was a homicide
  • Intellectual property and patent infringement cases
  • Cause of failure in medical device cases – design vs. installation vs. maintenance vs. misuse
  • Equipment damage and repair assessment
  • Root cause failure analysis of equipment

Education and Registrations

  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering – University of Vermont
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering - Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Professional Certification, Electrical and Precision Engineering, Staatliche Feintechnik Schule, Germany