Engineers Ireland - Forensic Analysis of Medical Devices: What Happens When Things Go Wrong

27th April 2022 7:00 pm

Biomedical engineers do amazing work designing and manufacturing medical devices but sometimes things go wrong, patients get hurt and litigation ensues. In this presentation, Prof David Taylor draws on his experience of conducting forensic examinations of defective medical devices on behalf of patients. He describes the engineering and legal aspects of these cases and the lessons that can be learnt from them.

About the presenter

Prof David Taylor MA PhD ScD CEng FIEI FTCD is a chartered engineer with a degree in metallurgy and materials science from Cambridge University. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a fellow of Engineers Ireland. He has over thirty years’ experience as a forensic engineer and expert witness, mostly on cases involving personal injury and product liability. His particular expertise is in the assessment of mechanical failures such as fatigue and brittle fracture, and in the measurement of material properties. He has extensive experience of failures in medical devices and hospital equipment.

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