Litigation may result when things go wrong in the clinical environment. We have worked for both plaintiffs and defendants in multiple cases; these cases have involved a wide variety of medical malpractice and/or product liability issues. As professional engineers our scientific and technical observations are admissible in court, and can make a valuable difference.
We can be used by lawyers to evaluate a case and help determine whether a claim has merit. We have the oral and written communication skills to effectively explain technical matters to a lay audience by means of a written report and/or testimony. We can prepare demonstrative evidence to what happened as part of an event.
The president of Healthcare Technology Consulting, Alan Lipschultz, CCE, PE, CSP, CPPS is a member of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.
We have the connections to obtain other, more specialized expert witnesses if warranted. When that happens, we supervise their work.
In the clinical environment things sometimes go very wrong. Devices may fail in a multitude of ways and for a variety of reasons, users may make errors, and patients may be injured. Forensic engineering is a process whereby the cause(s) of the failures are discovered. The information learned is communicated to the various stakeholders such that improvement may be achieved and the likelihood of recurrence reduced.
We are used to the role of explaining technical subjects to non-technical people. When working for hospitals or other healthcare organizations, we will work collaboratively with clinicians and risk managers to determine root and secondary causes of events. When working for patients or manufacturers, we know how healthcare organizations are supposed to work and therefore what questions should be asked.
If warranted, we have access to several testing laboratories to do physical analysis of devices or accessories involved in an event.
We can prepare written statements as to our findings. If needed, these written statements can be used during legal proceedings.
We are engineers with a lifetime of experience embedded with clinicians - we speak both languages fluently and can bridge the gap for you and your customers. Medical device manufacturers have used us both before devices are on the market and/or reviewing their "Safety Case" for a product.
Our role is to be an outside technical reviewer with real world perspective in order to supplement the internal design team. We are able to assist medical device manufacturers prepare a Safety Assurance Case.