Providing Facts So That You Don’t Get Sued

Check facts

Facts are crucial, especially when it comes to law-related issues. Would you tell your grandma who is taking Actos that she absolutely has bladder cancer? I surely hope not which is why I’m writing this post.

Facts mean everything, and if your website has false information, it could lead to a lot of confusion and dismay.

At Obu we publish legal content each day and have for years. We have a great team of writers led by our editor, Dave Canfield. Together, they report findings on all types of pending litigation from medical products like vaginal mesh to recent trucking accidents, gathered from legal experts in the field and verified sources of information such as the FDA. Fact checking is the heart of our writing process.

All this information and capability of reporting doesn’t come easily. At Obu, we believe in getting the facts straight at all costs, and we provide our readers and the viewers of our clients’ websites with the most trusted information.

We also believe in being transparent and making the internet an accountable source for legal information. Today I wanted to break down to you the hard work that goes into each page we publish so that you, as a website owner, might consider mimicking the process. It’s our insight and experience passed on to you.

1. Research thoroughly

This entails searching for information through a variety of sources. Google has various search features that allow us to find scholarly articles, studies and FDA reports regarding our subject matter. Then we find the actual source – the published study itself, the FDA or CPSC Safety Alert, the New York Times article describing current lawsuits, and more.

2. Find relevant statistics

Americans love statistics. Obu writers provide our readers with the most up-to-date, scientifically-backed statistics so that they have access to the truth that many of them have been denied by large pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer product manufacturers.

3. Verify statistics

Obu’s readers don’t have to wonder where our statistics came from or if our sources are credible. We mention the sources for every statistic right on the page, so our readers know they can rely on the information we are giving them.

4. Check for warnings from FDA or CPSC

FDA and CPSC Safety Alerts carry clout, because these agencies were formed to protect consumers, and sometimes have access to data that hasn’t yet been made available to the widespread public. However, we don’t limit our research to these agencies, knowing that they can also be slow to react to new study findings.

5. Research reports of injury or side effects

Obu and our legal clients strive to give a voice to the consumers who have been injured by defective products, negligent people and irresponsible companies. We thoroughly research any and all evidence linking products to harmful side effects or dangerous injuries.

6. Last but not least, grammar check

Credibility relies on being able to effectively and correctly communicate a message to our readers. We take pride in our easily accessible and error-free content.

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September 9, 2011

Dean Dowd is the Director of Search and Social Media here at Obu. For more about him you can read our About Us page, follow him on twitter @deand, or view his profile on Google+.

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