Statistical Sampling and Data Analysis in Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation At A Glance

Capabilities and Services

Product liability and mass torts lawsuits often require extensive data collection and statistical analysis to develop reliable estimates of, for example, how many products were distributed, how many individuals were damaged, and how many claims will be filed. However, relevant records or data may not be easily accessible and may not be in electronic form. Where electronic data are available, an in-depth review may still be time-consuming and expensive. In such cases, well-designed statistical samples can extract a small but reliable subset of the relevant population for review to efficiently and cost-effectively provide the necessary evidence in the case.

Experts at NERA have designed samples for a variety of purposes, including:

  • estimating the size of property damage or personal injury classes;
  • quantifying the rate of product defect, contamination, or failure;
  • determining the expected rate of injury or illness; and
  • assisting in the resolution of insurance disputes.

Industries in which we have worked include construction products, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, asbestos, and food products.