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Digging Beneath the Surface: How Human Factors Expertise Can Help Your Personal Injury and Products Liability Case
Seminar begins with an in-depth human factors analysis of a case involving a man who was killed as he walked under a roller coaster. Then the seminar reviews a wide range of personal injury and products liability cases to illustrate how human factors analyses can aid these types of cases, including trip/slip/falls, medical products, facilities warnings, construction equipment, and manufacturing equipment.
Selecting a Human Factors Expert
Human factors is a multidisciplinary science. Using case examples, this seminar will explain how the wide range of human factors expertise is applicable to litigation involving personal injury and product liability.
Human Factors of Slips and Slip-Resistance
Did the pedestrian slip because the hazard was hard to see or because she was not paying attention? This seminar will focus on human factors issues relevant for most slip-and-falls, such as visual perception, attention and expectation, typical patterns of gaze and locomotion, biomechanics, and slip resistance, as well as provide a demonstration of how we measure the slipperiness of a surface.
Human Factors in the Workplace
Most of our workplace activities, such as walking, climbing stairs, using a computer, operating machinery, and driving, require us to see features of our environment, recognize them as being relevant to our activity or not, and then to act upon those perceptions. Understanding how this process occurs is critical for understanding many workplace accidents. This seminar will use case examples from a variety of workplace injury incidents to illustrate how the application of human factors science and expertise can lead to understanding causes of injury incidents.
Human Factors of Falls
Falls are one of the leading causes of accidental death. The act of perceiving, understanding, and avoiding a fall hazard is a complex process. This seminar will describe scientific research on human capabilities and limitations, such as visual perception, attention and expectation, biomechanics, and typical patterns of gaze and locomotion, that are important for understanding the causes of falls.
Human Factors of Driver Performance and Behavior
Many research studies suggest that human error causes over 70% of vehicle accidents. This seminar will describe scientific research on human capabilities and limitations, such as night vision and reaction time, which are important for understanding causation in these injury incidents.
Visibility and Conspicuity
Many injury incidents involve questions about visual capabilities: Should the pedestrian have seen the steps? Why didn’t the driver see the pedestrian? Should the consumer have seen the warning? This seminar will describe scientific research on vision and the factors involved in visual perception that are critical in many accident and personal injury cases.
Human Factors of Warnings
Why do warnings fail? The act of perceiving, understanding, and complying with a warning is complex. This seminar will describe scientific research on the components of an effective warning and the factors that affect whether people comply with warnings.