In civil and criminal legal matters, we have served in Federal, State, and Inter-tribal courts in the U.S., as well as those serving several U.S. territories and Canadian provinces.    

We are often asked to provide a multi-disciplinary team approach consisting of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, architects, engineers, and other design professionals including graphics, animations, and simulations.

Our legal cases typically involve:  

  • Negligence
  • Premises liability
  • Motor vehicles (and pedestrian collisions)
  • Products liability (failure to warn and design defects)
  • Workers’ compensation (serious and willful)
  • Toxic torts (hazard communication, inhalation hazards)
  • Property damage (fire and explosion hazards)

Our expertise can be applied to many places and products that involve human interaction.

Places we have analyzed and/or evaluated include but are not limited to:

  • Airports
  • Amusement parks
  • Apartment/condominium complexes
  • Banks
  • Construction sites
  • Convenience stores
  • Convention halls
  • Exercise facilities/gymnasiums
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Hospitals/medical centers
  • Hotels and casinos
  • Museums
  • Night clubs
  • Office buildings
  • Places of worship (e.g., churches)
  • Residences
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping centers and malls
  • Special events (i.e., temporary facilities)
  • Theaters
  • Universities/colleges
  • Warehouse stores
  • Workplaces

Products we have analyzed and/or evaluated include but are not limited to:

  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Bicycles and components
  • Buckets
  • Chairs/stools
  • Child seats
  • Cleaning products
  • Conveyors
  • Cranes
  • Elevators
  • Escalators
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Floor buffers
  • Food supplements
  • Furniture
  • Industrial/consumer chemical labeling
  • Ladders
  • Medical devices
  • Motorcycles
  • Multi-meters
  • Paints and solvents
  • Person lifts
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Snowmobiles
  • Stairways
  • Warehouse equipment
  • Wheelchairs


San Diego: (619) 464-4427

New Publications

Cohen, H.H., & Sloan, G.D. (2016). The science behind codes and standards for safe pedestrian walkways: Lighting and visual cues. Applied Ergonomics52, 112-119.

Cohen, H.H., & Cohen, J. (in press). Fall forensics: principles and applications. In Hsiao (Ed.) Fall Prevention and Protection: Principles, Guidelines, and Practices. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL.

Bakken, G.M., Cohen, H.H., & Cohen, J. (in development - due in 2016). Slips, Trips, Missteps and Their Consequences (Third Edition). Tucson, AZ: Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc.



01 Joseph Cohen named associate editor of Ergonomics in Design by Sage Publications.

02 Harvey Cohen named Director of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professionalism in ergonomics through educational activities and awards.

03 Joseph Cohen elected President of the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics