CRUISE SHIPS & THEME PARKS
CONSTRUCTION EXPERT WITNESS
DOOR, LOCK & SECURITY EXPERT
AUTOMATIC DOOR & SENSOR EXPERT
ARCHITECTURAL MILLWORK & CABINETRY
Nationwide Inspection & Testimony
EXPERT WITNESS FOR PLAINTIFF & DEFENSE
Cruise ships and exotic vacations should be one of the least expected locations for an accident in the eyes of the public, and yet they have been the scene of many severe and dangerous occurrences. Mike Panish has been retained as door expert witness and construction expert witness on several cruise ship door related injury claims and other construction related defect claims. He has consulted and offered opinions to maritime defense and plaintiff attorneys as to the site conditions, maintenance, and related service provided by several major independent cruise lines. He has been called to inspect ships domestically and internationally. Many automatic door related injuries have taken place on large vessels. Lack of appropriate maintenance and proper safe guards have often been sighted as a result of his site investigations. Mike has worked for both Plaintiff and Defense and represented several insurance carriers seeking his expertise on defective shipboard products and procedures.
Mike has been asked to evaluate inappropriate architectural features that have created serious personal injuries to the guests of some cruise lines. While there is a tendency to believe that ships are exempt from the same laws and regulations that govern hotels on dry land, they are subject to many of the same requirements and often fail to maintain the same systems that would be subject to normal periodic maintenance in a land based hospitality operation.
There are many issues that pertain to themed attractions and parks that are very similar to other areas of expert services provided by Mike Panish. Location security, door locks and panic hardware, surveillance system installation and monitoring, acoustic and audio product design and performance. Appropriate installation of all products, including construction, rough and finish carpentry, cosmetic trim and specialty product fit and installation. Electrical specialty installation, historic and unobservable integration of equipment that is placed to not create an impact on the themed attraction. Wireless technologies, show controls and show implementation special design.