Michael Freeman, MedDr., PhD., MPH, FAAFS, will speak on "Innovative New Approaches to Causation in Auto Cases." Dr. Freeman will cover the following in his presentation:
- The 10th Circuit Etherton decision on injury causation methodology, and how it applies to auto litigation in Florida
- Applications of the 3 step causation methodology
- The current and evolving state of biomechanical testimony
- The current and evolving state of radiology testimony
- The current and evolving state of CME testimony
- Scientifically valid methods for evaluating the contribution of seatbelt non-use, airbag deployment/ nondeployment, and vehicle defect to injury cause
Dr. Michael Freeman is a forensic epidemiologist and consultant in forensic medicine, working in civil, criminal, and academic venues. He has provided expert testimony more than 1,000 times in a wide variety of civil cases, including injury and death litigation, automotive and other product liability, toxic tort litigation, life expectancy, and medical negligence cases, as well as in homicide and other criminal matters.
Dr. Freeman has more than 190 published scientific papers, books, and book chapters, primarily focusing on issues relating to forensic applications of epidemiology and general and specific causation. He has published research on the topics of traffic crash-related injury and death, injury biomechanics and injury causation, genocide, cancer epidemiology, chronic pain mechanisms, and adult autologous stem cell therapy, inter alia. Dr. Freeman is the co-editor and co-author of the most comprehensive text extant on forensic applications of epidemiology; Forensic Epidemiology: Principles and Practice, published by Elsevier in May 2016. His multiply published 3-step approach to injury causation investigation has been adopted by U.S. courts as the generally accepted methodology, as described in the 2016 10th circuit US DCA Etherton decision.
Dr. Freeman holds academic appointments at the CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care at Maastricht University Medical Center, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, and Aarhus University, Department of Forensic Medicine. He serves as an Affiliate Medical Examiner with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office in Pittsburg, PA, and is a fellow of the pathology section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Freeman is a Fulbright Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, serving as in the Fulbright Specialist Program in the field of forensic medicine.
Dr. Freeman holds a doctor of medicine degree from Umeå University in Sweden, a Ph.D. in public health with a major focus in epidemiology from Oregon State University), and an MPH degree in epidemiology and biostatistics, also from Oregon State University, inter alia. He has completed a 2-year fellowship in forensic pathology through Umeå University and the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner.