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The following are some of Mike Panish's most popular articles that involve Automatic Doors & Sensors that have appeared in a variety of legal publications across the country:

The Ins and Outs of Automatic Door Operation
A basic primer in how they work, what to look for, and how to analyze defects vs. deferred maintenance. Expert witness for automatic doors, Michael Panish, takes you through the basics for your case. By Michael Panish

Automatic Doors - The Importance of Checking your Doors Daily
Daily safety checks for automatic doors. By Michael Panish

Automatic Doors & Daily Safety Inspections - Why they are important & How they Protect Pedestrians
An explanation of automatic door sensors and how they work, why it is important to check them daily, and how they protect pedestrians.By Michael Panish

Revolving Door Injuries
Automatic Revolving Door Injuries - Their functions and limitations. Pedestrian obligations when using these door systems. By Michael Panish

SAFETY COMPARISON - Automatic Doors & Manual Doors
A basic comparison of the differences in the safe function and usage of automatic and manually operated doors of all kinds. By Michael Panish

OVERHEAD DOOR INJURIES - Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Trucks
Injuries sustained from overhead door malfunctions include amputations, bodily force trauma, and death. Knowing who is responsible for maintenance and inspections of these doorways is essential. By Michael Panish

A brief discussion comparing these products to standard overhead door systems. Injuries from these products are generally due to installation deficiencies or usage protocols. By Michael Panish

A worker is performing a duty near the ceiling within the path of travel of an automatic door. Without warning, the door begins to move and the top edge of the door collides with the worker or what he is standing on, causing the worker to fall to the ground. This article addresses many case scenarios and responsibility. By Michael Panish

GATE & FENCE - Accidents and Injuries
Malfunctioning gates and fences can cause catastrophic and traumatic bodily injury and death. Parking garage gates, pool fences, property fences, drop down doors. By Michael Panish

DEFECTIVE GATE DESIGNS - Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
Gate injuries are often caused by improper design and fabrication. From the very inception of a new gate project, an improperly crafted gate is inherently the beginning of a future serious injury or even deadly claim. By Michael Panish

The Relevance of UL 325 Standards. By Michael Panish

What every attorney needs to know about how they function, why they fail, and why someone got injured. Who is at fault, who is to blame, and what the industry standards are that affect the claim? By Michael Panish

AUTOMATIC ENTRY GATES - Personal Injury & Damage Claims
A comprehensive look into automated entry gates, gate injuries, gate maintenance, and gate service providers. How to determine responsibility of involved parties and understand what leads to a claim. By Michael Panish

AUTOMATIC DOOR INJURIES - High & Low Energy Automatic Doors
Basic information that you need to know about industry wide standards and how they apply to your next automatic door case. By Michael Panish

Low Energy Door Systems - A Basic Primer for your next Door Injury Case
How low energy doors work. Low energy doors vs high energy doors. Intended Usage. By Michael Panish

Why they fall and cause injuries / Injury Case Examples By Michael Panish

Automatic Door Service Providers - How to Limit your Liability
If you run an active automatic door service company it is not a matter of IF you will be sued, it is a matter of WHEN ! What every door service provider can do to proactively protect their business. By Michael Panish

Garage Doors - A Brief Tutorial on Garage Doors Safety & Installation
I have been involved in numerous garage door cases where many different reasons for an injury have occurred. Having been retained as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defense, several common factors have been observed. By Michael Panish

Garage door injuries pertaining to rental properties, maintenance and safety, basic components of a garage door system, available safety devices, and landlord responsibilities. By Michael Panish

Many cruise ships have fallen short on the maintenance and inspection of many elements that are within reach of the general public and passenger guests. Mike Panish outlines examples of injuries that have occurred on cruise ships where he has offered his expert opinions, working for plaintiff and defense.By Michael Panish

DOOR INJURY CASES - Pertaining to the Insurance Carrier
One of the most important elements of any new door case is to thoroughly understand all aspects of that case. Depending on the situation surrounding the claim, it is critical that your expert be a direct part of your defense from the beginning. By Michael Panish

DOOR INJURIES & "The Eggshell Plaintiff"
As discovery has often shown, people in poor physical or mental condition who are left unattended or unassisted in doorways are often the genesis of their own injuries. By Michael Panish

Expert Witness - Plaintiff or Defense
It is possible that a good expert witness could be valuable to both sides of the claim. Both the plaintiff and defendant could seriously consider the services of the same expert, and achieve a resolution to their dispute. By Michael Panish