Richard V. Baratta

Senior Vice President / Ph.D., P.E. / Houston

Background

Dr. Baratta received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans. He served as a faculty member at Louisiana State University School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery, from 1988 through 2004. His academic experience has included multiple aspects of orthopedic, facial and spinal biomechanics and rehabilitative engineering and research. He has an extensive publication record addressing basic, applied, and clinical orthopedic topics and has performed collaborative research with other intramural departments and outside academic and industrial institutions. He has experience in the development, clinical implementation and writing of FDA submissions for a paraplegic ambulation device. Dr. Baratta continues to be involved with teaching biomechanics to orthopedic surgeons seeking recertification.

Dr. Baratta’s primary areas of consulting expertise include injury causation biomechanics, accident reconstruction, medical device failures and intellectual property. Dr. Baratta performs biomechanical analysis on cases involving low-speed accidents, driver determination, falling objects, slip and falls, and amusement rides. He has reconstructed accidents involving low-speed accidents, high-speed fatality collisions, vehicle-pedestrian accidents, vehicle rollovers and other types of accidents. Dr. Baratta also provides expertise in relation to modified, high performance and racing automobiles, and high performance vehicle occupant protection systems and injury analysis. Dr. Baratta is fluent in English and Spanish and has testified in both depositions and trials in the United States and Mexico.

Representative Engagements

  • Injury consistency in low speed accidents
  • Seatbelt use and injury analysis in high speed accidents and rollovers
  • Determining the fatality-inducing event in multiple-impact accidents
  • Determining who was the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident
  • Determining whether a worker fatality was accidental or suicide
  • Determining whether a fatality resulted from a fall or was a homicide
  • Intellectual property cases in which a manufacturer claims another design infringes on its patent
  • Cause of failure in medical device cases – design vs. installation vs. maintenance vs. misuse
  • Occupational injuries and their consistency with the events as described
  • Dynamics of a roller coaster occupant when he stood up and fell from the ride
  • Perception and reaction to potentially hazardous situations

Education

  • B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics, Tulane University
  • M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University