October 26th at noon!
The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts: Integrating Engineering and Human Factors Analyses in Product Liability Cases
Product liability cases often involve design defect and failure to warn allegations, which can compel defense attorneys to retain separate engineering and human factors experts. While both kinds of experts provide insight into the capabilities of the product and user, each discipline has limitations. Through collaborative examination by both engineering and human factors experts, reasonable or “foreseeable” use can be most effectively evaluated by simultaneously examining the product capabilities and limitations from a physics perspective in conjunction with the capabilities and limitations of a user based on factors such as ergonomics, perception, prior experience, or age. This integrated approach provides a unique “checks and balances” for the analysis regarding intended product use, the reasonableness of user decisions and actions in the incident environment, the likelihood of incident scenarios as alleged. Through various case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how engineering and human factors can holistically address individual and class action product liability investigations in a way that each discipline separately cannot.
Presented by Adam Cardi, Ph.D., P.E. & Dr. Regan Lawson
1 hour General CLE credit has been requested.
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