What We Do
Research and Analysis
Today’s safety issues are complex. The technology behind consumer products – from nano-particles in cosmetics to electronic controls on today’s motor vehicles – is evolving at a rapid pace. In a global economy, the U.S. face of a product or component may only be one of many in a long chain that starts overseas as it moves from sub-suppliers, to suppliers to assemblers, to importers to the distributor to the consumer. And behind the scenes, the politics of the moment and the ingrained culture of the regulatory agencies are directly influencing the safety of products in ways that are not always apparent. At Safety Research & Strategies, we specialize in bringing clarity to a complex picture. With our global reach and our network of technical experts, we take you inside the problem.
We answer questions like:
• How long has an industry or a company known about a defect?
• What has been the government response?
• What is the regulatory history?
• What literature and data are available globally and what can be learned from them?
• What standards or guidelines are applicable in the U.S. and worldwide?
• Who really manufactures this product?
Our research and analyses draw on wide-ranging sources including:
• Databases of literature from around the world
• Regulations and standards
• Government and non-government databases on crashes, injuries, recalls, investigations, noncompliance, complaints, claims and litigation
• Marketing claims and exemplars
• Product specifications
• Import documentation and supply chain tracking
• Patent and trademarks
And that’s just the beginning. We can help you understand any one piece of the picture or put it all together in a comprehensive report to document who knew what, when, and where about a safety issue.
Vehicle and Product Inspections
SRS now offers affordable vehicle and product inspection services to help you evaluate and understand the potential issues before you file a case.
Centrally located in the Chicago area, Tony Di Viesti is a licensed attorney and degreed mechanical engineer with SRS who spent nearly 20 years working in the automotive product liability area inspecting and evaluating cases nationwide. During an inspection, Mr. Di Viesti can quickly get to the heart of your case while drawing on the seasoned staff at SRS for the pertinent background information. Together, our team of consultants can help you cost-effectively evaluate your potential case and understand the issues.
Vehicle and Product Inspections include:
• Vehicle interior and exterior or product damage analysis
• Occupant restraint and system data
• Tire data
• Incident facts
• Similar complaints, relevant recalls and investigations, components and data for incident analysis
• Case theories
• Pros and cons of pursuing a product liability case based on evidence and facts
• Detailed photo and video portfolio of the incident vehicle(s) or product
• Easy to read and understand inspection report
• Flat fee
Biomechanical Analysis and Injury Review
SRS has teamed up with Biomechanical Engineer Salena Zellers to provide a cost effective approach to product safety analysis. Our Biomechanical Analysis and Injury Review provides thorough, flat fee evaluations of injury causation so you understand how and whether an injury is related to a product defect before you file a case and send out expert retainers.
Biomechanical Analysis and Injury Reviews include:
• Examination of injuries sustained in the incident
• Evaluation of the mechanisms of injuries
• Relationship of the injuries to the potential defects and product design
• Supporting literature citations
Need to promote and resolve a safety matter? Safety Research & Strategies can help. SRS has been the architect of many successful safety campaigns to reduce and prevent injuries and death from known hazards. Our team structures and implements plans to address safety matters working with federal and state government and a wide range of non-government organizations. Our unique understanding and involvement in safety matters allows SRS to draw on wide-ranging and disparate resources to achieve results.
For more information on our services call 508-252-2333 or email.
With more than a century’s worth of experiences in safety research and advocacy, our team has earned a reputation for rigorous research and comprehensive analyses. We pay as much attention to the trend lines, as we do to the details. We know what’s out there and what’s missing. And when we present our work – to attorneys, legislators, government officials, industry or journalists – they listen. At Safety Research & Strategies, we believe in the power of information. Information helps our clients to make good decisions. Information shapes decisions, policy, and improves public health. Information leads to solutions and saves lives.
There are many measures of our success:
Finding the right information. Our staff excels in locating the documents that matter – a foreign recall, an email, or every government investigation ever launched on a particular product defect. While we never lose sight of the whole picture, we focus on the information that is most useful to our clients.
Getting information to our clients quickly and efficiently. Our in-house resources are vast. And if we don’t have it, we know where to find it. Whether your deadline is in a month or an hour, the SRS staff can get it to you on time.
Identifying alternative designs. If there’s a better, safer way to design a product, we can find it. Our patent and technical literature searches globally can locate the best practices and guiding principles in product design.
Raising the profile of a safety issue. SRS has successfully alerted the media, policymakers and the public to a variety of safety hazards, including dangerously aged tires and crib tents that can kill and injure infants. Our consistent advocacy has resulted in recalls, news stories, successful civil litigation, and connections with consumers and technical experts who access the information on our website and contact us.
Advocating for better safety regulations. We regularly turn the data collected for clients into campaigns to amend regulations to make products safer.
Serving the public as we serve our clients. Our civil litigation research provides a real-world education in how products work or don’t work. When the data reveal a hazard, SRS seeks change, providing comments to rulemaking dockets, testifying before Congress or persuading reporters that this issue is worth a story.