torsdag 19 januari 2017

A civil expert witness: life and death

From RoyalStatSoc

Prof Jane Hutton,
The University of Warwick

Jane Hutton frequently provides expert witness reports on estimates of life expectancy, and occasionally on other matters such as side effects of drugs and putatively avoidable deaths.

If a compensation case arises from an injury, which might be caused by medical error or an industrial or traffic accident, the award will often depend on the expected reduction in life expectancy. She will discuss approaches to estimating life expectancy when factors such as smoking or alcohol consumption have to be considered as well as the main motivation of the claim. Estimates of effects of injury and life style factors are published in many forms. She will comment on the challenges she has faced, and the solutions she has adopted.