Home Accessibility Expert Witness Services
In addition to home design and remodeling, Glickman Design Build founder, Russ Glickman, has vast experience performing home accessibility expert witness work for attorneys and their clients dealing with personal injury claims. Russ is delighted to represent defense attorneys or plaintiff attorneys alike. Russ is called upon regularly by some of the most prestigious law firms in the area including: Jack Olender and Associates, Regan Zambri Long, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, Shulman Rogers and Murphy Falcon Murphy, just to name a few.
Russ can help prove costs to modify a home for someone who is a wheelchair user as a result of an injury, as well as serve as an expert witness for wheelchair accessible home assessments, modifications, conversions, and home redesigns potentially including in the expert witness cost reports many accessibility modifications which have previously been missing from cost reports by others which are necessary to the health, safety and welfare of injured parties. Russ can also assist with case reviews and depositions, and provide courtroom testimony for attorney’s clients.
As a father of a child with Cerebral Palsy, Russ understands first-hand, the unique needs of families where physical disability is part of their day-to-day life. To him, it’s not just a business – it’s personal. He uses what he gleaned from raising his son and his professional experience to help individuals, regardless of the cause or specific needs, remain in their homes for life. He draws upon his lifelong passion for building to create innovative living spaces that improve the quality of life for all of his clients.
Rebecca Glickman, Physical Therapist
Rebecca Glickman applies her physical therapy and in-home care expertise to bring a unique perspective to helping assess appropriate home modifications that allow individuals to live in their homes both safely and comfortably. Rebecca holds a Physical Therapy (PT) license, and is a Certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders. She has years of experience working with physical therapy patients at a variety of local hospitals including Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Children’s National Health System, and MedStar Health System.
Rebecca plays an integral role on the Glickman team by providing advice to clients with mobility needs on a variety of issues such as: when and why an elevator or wheelchair lift is needed vs. when a chairlift or stair lift could suffice; the best ways for patients to transfer into and out of wheelchairs; spaces and clearances required throughout the home; when and where a patient lift system, therapy room or therapy pool is needed and how to access it; and types of accessibility aids needed in patients kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Having worked hands-on with individuals in their home, she is well versed with the assistive devices that are available and the modifications that are possible to help those facing mobility challenges.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together, and serving meals at women’s homeless shelters. Rebecca loves to be physically active doing everything from yoga, Irish dancing, hiking, mountain biking, skim boarding, snow boarding to running. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with her wonderful niece and nephews. As part of her quest for lifelong learning, she takes continuing education courses in physical therapy.
Some of the types of home modifications that the Glickman Team looks at in order to ensure the home is safe, reasonably comfortable and adequately accessible are:
- Raise up every outlet in the home which is lower than 15”
- Lower every light switch which is higher than 48”
- Demo and expand every hallway to minimum 42″
- Create a 5’x5′ turning radius in every room
- Create *properly accessible bathrooms: one*accessible half bath on every floor; a full*accessible bathroom in the client’s bedroom suite
- Create a wheelchair path through every room, around tables and furnishings
- Add an elevator to access every floor…add a generator
- When required for adequate accessibility, add when necessary up to 50% to the house size; gut & remodel most of the house; add necessary accessible features
- And so much more.
“I write you at this time to express my and my clients’ gratitude for the excellent work you performed on our behalf. I thoroughly enjoyed working with you on a personal level. Your work was produced in an extremely expeditious manner and was meticulously researched and professionally presented. Finally, you brought the job in right on budget which is unusual and much appreciated. I would highly recommend your company to anyone requiring building and/or design professional services.”
Glickman Design Build Congratulates Regan Zambri Long
Glickman Design Build congratulates the law firm of Regan Zambri Long on their recent $6.4 million victory over Walmart in Montgomery County, MD. Glickman was appreciative of the opportunity to contribute as an expert witness helping to win almost $1 million for the client for home modifications that provide wheelchair accessibility.
“Not only did Russ Glickman help us in winning almost $1,000,000 for accessible home modifications but his impact was felt on the entire case,” said President and Senior Partner, Patrick M. Regan. “He was certainly a tremendous asset to have on our side not only on this case, but others as well.”
give Russ a call to learn more about how he can help.
The Glickman Team can help assess an individual’s needs and provide the best solutions to help them live as comfortably and safely in their homes as possible regardless of their situation. View the presentation below for examples of some of Glickman Design Build’s accessible work.