Forensic Epidemiology

Principles and Practice

Michael D. Freeman & Maurice P. Zeegers
Forensic Epidemiology
Forensic Epidemiology

Forensic Epidemiology

Principles and Practice

Michael D. Freeman & Maurice P. Zeegers
$129.95

Michael Freeman — one of the the nation’s leading forensic epidemiologists — has contributed to a great new book on epidemiology, which is often the basis for difficult causation determinations. Freeman handles cases involving everything from the risks of product defects (including pharmaceuticals), medical procedures, traffic injuries and death (including injuries caused by collisions involving minor vehicle damage), criminal prosecution and defense, and many other types of cases. An analysis of these types of cases are discussed in the book.

With civil defense lawyers providing a list of alternative explanations or confounding factors, how do plaintiffs' lawyers frame causation arguments to the jury? Forensic Epidemiology helps attorneys reorient their thinking from looking at the wrong set of data to focusing in on what really matters in causation determination. There are chapters on biomechanics, life expectancy (and how the mortality tables often underestimate it), death investigations, pediatric head injuries, forensic pathology, as well as a detailed consideration of causation analysis in traumatic injury cases.

Forensic Epidemiology also provides attorneys with information that is helpful to planning the deposition and cross-examination of adverse witnesses, including covering the following:

  • The theory and science underlying the use of risk to assess individual causation
  • A primer on epidemiological methods and various measures used to arrive at individualized comparative risk assessments and proximate cause
  • The use of statistical methods applied to publicly available data for ad hoc analysis of proximate cause, applicable to the specific circumstances of a case

 

Forensic Epidemiology will help you dismantle adverse witnesses who have no scientific substantiation for their opinion.

Through a cooperative effort with the world’s leading scientific publisher, Elsevier, Trial Guides is proud to help bring this important book to the legal field.


The following people contributed to this product:

  • J.M. Barnes
  • M.J.L. Bours
  • A. Broadbent
  • D. Carr
  • A. Eriksson
  • M. Faure
  • F. Franklin
  • M.D. Freeman
  • Alani Golanski
  • S.C. Gold
  • M.D. Green
  • M. Jermy
  • D. Kieser
  • J. Kieser
  • S.A. Koehler
  • W.E. Lee III
  • J.D. Lloyd
  • A. Mabbott
  • J. Sanders
  • H.D. Tolley
  • L. Visscher
  • M.P. Zeegers
  • Author

  • Details

    Hardcover: 416 pages; 1st edition (2016); ISBN: 978-0124045842
    Publisher: Elsevier Inc.
  • Table of Contents

    1. List of Contributors
    2. Introduction
    3. I. Principles of Forensic Epidemiology
    4. Legal Considerations of Forensic Applications of Epidemiology in the United States
    5. Epidemiologic Evidence in Toxic Torts
    6. Methods Used in Forensic Epidemiologic Analysis
    7. Causation in Epidemiology and Law
    8. The Role of the Expert Witness
    9. II. Auxiliary Forensic Disciplines
    10. Forensic Pathology
    11. Death Investigation
    12. Injury Biomechanics
    13. Biomechanical, Epidemiological, and Forensic Considerations of Pediatric Head Injuries
    14. Survival Analysis
    15. III. Applications of Forensic Epidemiology
    16. Traffic Injury Investigation
    17. Traffic Injury Investigation: Product Defects
    18. Product Defect/Liability Investigation
    19. Medical Negligence Investigation
    20. Criminal Investigation

    21. Glossary
    22. Author Index
    23. Subject index

Michael Freeman — one of the the nation’s leading forensic epidemiologists — has contributed to a great new book on epidemiology, which is often the basis for difficult causation determinations. Freeman handles cases involving everything from the risks of product defects (including pharmaceuticals), medical procedures, traffic injuries and death (including injuries caused by collisions involving minor vehicle damage), criminal prosecution and defense, and many other types of cases. An analysis of these types of cases are discussed in the book.

With civil defense lawyers providing a list of alternative explanations or confounding factors, how do plaintiffs' lawyers frame causation arguments to the jury? Forensic Epidemiology helps attorneys reorient their thinking from looking at the wrong set of data to focusing in on what really matters in causation determination. There are chapters on biomechanics, life expectancy (and how the mortality tables often underestimate it), death investigations, pediatric head injuries, forensic pathology, as well as a detailed consideration of causation analysis in traumatic injury cases.

Forensic Epidemiology also provides attorneys with information that is helpful to planning the deposition and cross-examination of adverse witnesses, including covering the following:

  • The theory and science underlying the use of risk to assess individual causation
  • A primer on epidemiological methods and various measures used to arrive at individualized comparative risk assessments and proximate cause
  • The use of statistical methods applied to publicly available data for ad hoc analysis of proximate cause, applicable to the specific circumstances of a case

 

Forensic Epidemiology will help you dismantle adverse witnesses who have no scientific substantiation for their opinion.

Through a cooperative effort with the world’s leading scientific publisher, Elsevier, Trial Guides is proud to help bring this important book to the legal field.


The following people contributed to this product:

  • J.M. Barnes
  • M.J.L. Bours
  • A. Broadbent
  • D. Carr
  • A. Eriksson
  • M. Faure
  • F. Franklin
  • M.D. Freeman
  • Alani Golanski
  • S.C. Gold
  • M.D. Green
  • M. Jermy
  • D. Kieser
  • J. Kieser
  • S.A. Koehler
  • W.E. Lee III
  • J.D. Lloyd
  • A. Mabbott
  • J. Sanders
  • H.D. Tolley
  • L. Visscher
  • M.P. Zeegers

What Legal Leaders Are Saying

Dr. Freeman’s book on causation is a roadmap to understanding false defenses. It clearly sets forth the requirements for an expert to speak on causation making the creation of a cross-examination much easier. The charts on page 80 and 82 are particularly helpful. I appreciated the case studies because they helped solidify the previous chapters. It’s truly a required read for anyone who does PI, Med Mal, or criminal defense.

— Dorothy Clay Sims, author of Exposing Deceptive Defense Doctors

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