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Handbook of Human Factors in Litigation

1st Edition

Edited by Y. Ian Noy, Waldemar Karwowski

CRC Press

812 pages | 77 B/W Illus.

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Using ergonomics in forensics can help prevent the recurrence of system failures through engineering or administrative controls. It can also raise the level of concern among professionals and the public regarding product, workplace, and service safety due to perceived exposure to liability. Even with such a potentially important and broad impact, forensic human factors is a subject that is neither taught nor systematically practiced. There is little documentation to help develop a knowledge of the field in a systematic way, nor is there a large pool of qualified practitioners.

The Handbook of Human Factors in Litigation provides a comprehensive reference that provides the tools necessary for the preparation, analysis, and presentation of forensic evidence. Compiled by experienced, internationally respected authors, this handbook represents the state-of-the-art in the application of ergonomics to forensic investigation. It contains information on the litigation process, forensic approaches and methods, important scientific data in the major application areas, and valuable case studies.

For legal and forensic practitioners, this handbook will serve as an indispensable reference and as the foundation for further development of formal study in the field. For product and workplace designers and managers, it is a useful tool in the management of exposure to liability.

Table of Contents



The Discipline of Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

Martin G. Helander

Preparing and Presenting Evidence in Court

Daniel A. Bronstein

Presenting Behavioral Science Data as Legal Evidence: Legal Standards that the Ergonomic and Human Factors Expert Needs to Know

Allen K. Hess

Practical Ethics for the Expert Witness in Ergonomics and Human Factors Forensic Cases

Allen K. Hess

A Roadmap for the Practice of Forensic Human Factors and Ergonomics

William B. Askren and John M. Howard

Can Training for Safe Practices Reduce the Risk of Organizational Liability?

Katherine A. Wilson, Heather A. Priest, Eduardo Salas, and C. Shawn Burke

The Influence of Daubert on Expert Witness Testimony - The Human Factors Context

Jone McFadden Papinchock and Frank J. Landy


Reconstructing Situated Performance in Human Error Investigations

Sidney W. A. Dekker

Causation Issues in Workers' Compensation

Roger C. Jensen and Francisco J. Bricio

Legal Issues in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: A European Perspective from the U.K.

Vincent Kelly and Jason Devereux

Age and Functioning in the Legal System: Victims, Witnesses, and Jurors

Deborah Davis and Elizabeth F. Loftus

Memory for Conversation.

Deborah Davis, Markus Kemmelmeier, and William C. Follette


Human Factors in Traffic Crashes

Rudolf G. Mortimer, Richard D. Blomberg, Gerson J. Alexander, and Evelyn Vingilis

Estimating Driver Response Times

Jeffrey W. Muttart

Pedestrian Injury Issues in Litigation

Richard A. Olsen

Pedestrian Accidents in Traffic

Robert Dewar

Commercial Motor Vehicle Collisions

Dennis Wylie

Human Factors Issues in Motorcycle Collisions

P.A. Hancock, T. Oron-Gilad, and D.R. Thom


Perceptual-Cognitive and Biomechanical Factors in Pedestrian Falls

H. Harvey Cohen and Cindy A. LaRue

Measurement in Pedestrian Falls

Daniel Johnson

Balcony Falls

Magdalen Galley

Preplacement Strength and Capacity Assessment for Manual Materials Handling Jobs

Patrick G. Dempsey

Identifying the Real Issues in Work-Related Upper Limb Disorders

Celine McKeown

Exercise Injuries: Human Factors in Fitness Facilities

Max Hely


Preventing "Accidental" Injury: Accountability for Safer Products by Anticipating Product Risks and User Behaviors

Stuart M. Statler

Human Factors Issues to Be Considered by Product Liability Experts

Alison G. Vredenburgh and Ilene B. Zackowitz

Products Liability Law: What Engineering Experts Need to Know *

Dick Moll

Human-Centric Approach to Forensic Analysis for System Liability

Gary M. Bakken

Product Liability for the Human Factors Practitioner

Ron Wardell

The Warning Expert

Kenneth R. Laughery and Michael S. Wogalter

Effectiveness of Consumer Product Warnings: Design and Forensic Considerations

Michael S. Wogalter and Kenneth R. Laughery

Legibility of Warnings in Color

Thomy Nilsson and Murray Kaiserman

A Human Factors View of Product Liability and Malpractice Litigation

Martin I. Kurke


The Impact of Shiftwork on Manufacturing and Transportation Workers

Donald I. Tepas

Preschoolers, Adolescents, and Seniors: Age-Related Factors Pertaining to Forensic Human Factors Analyses

Ilene B. Zackowitz and Alison G. Vredenburgh

Sexual Harassment: a Forensic Human Factors Perspective

Alison G. Vredenburgh and Ilene B. Zackowitz

Health Care Forensics

Christopher Nemeth


A Guide to Forensic Human Factors Terminology

David A. Thompson, H. Harvey Cohen, Donald P. Horst, Daniel A. Johnson, and Richard A. Olsen


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety