Richard (Rick) N. Robertson, Ph.D.
Dr. Robertson is currently the principal of Biomechanical Consulting, which has locations in Eugene, Oregon and Sacramento, California. His company is involved in litigation work providing expertise in assessing injury likelihood for individuals involved in various kinds of accidents. His area of research and consulting focuses primarily on injury causation during motor vehicle collisions and occupational accidents. His expertise encompasses biomechanics, human anatomy and mechanics, which provides a basis for his consulting work in which he determines the types of forces and movements that a person would have experienced in a specific incident, assess the types of trauma the various tissues would sustain, and develops a biomechanical model of injury. In addition, he conducts analyses of potential injury mechanisms for an individual interacting in specific person-machine environments such as one might encounter in the work place. Dr. Robertson has been consulting since 1992 and for more than 15 years taught and conducted research at the University of Oregon, California State University Sacramento, University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Human Engineering Laboratories at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 refereed articles in the area of biomechanics, presented numerous papers at national and international conferences, and taught seminars specifically related to work place injuries and injuries in the vehicular crash environment. Currently, Dr. Robertson has a Courtesy Research Associate position at the University of Oregon and in collaboration with Dr. Li-Shan Chou, director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory, taught a course during spring term 2010 entitled "Forensic Biomechanics - The Science of Injury Analysis". Since 1992, Dr. Robertson has analyzed more than 2500 cases, testified in state and federal courts throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada more than 125 times, given more than 150 depositions and appeared in more than 75 arbitrations.