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Making Injuries and Anatomy Understandable to a Jury

July 6, 2018

When an attorney contacts our office for a medical illustration - there is always one goal, make the injury, medical procedure, or future damages understandable for the lay person. It is an attempt to explain to a jury, with no medical background, to comprehend what a herniation is, what a fusion is, etc. Of course, you are basically trying to condense years of medical training into a few hours of direct and cross examinations of experts and training physicians.

 

Medical illustrations have to be easy to understand.  They also have to be accurate and able to be validated by the treating physician. Unfortunately, if a CT scan, MRI or X-Ray is presented to a jury without the corresponding medical illustration, it doesn't work because the jury simply cannot "read" them or understand it. In addition, the white and black image does not show the actual injury, blood, fractures, etc.  

 

When you hire APVisuals to create a medical illustration for your case, you can expect that the medical illustrator will not only work closely with you and your support staff, but the medical illustrator will also be in contact with your expert to ensure that everyone is on the same page. APVisuals usually asks the attorney to provide certain medical records (operative report, MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, etc.), a background of the case and injury, and what is to be highlighted. Of course, our illustrator will also give ideas and feedback based on our years of experience.  After reviewing all these documents, the illustrator will create a draft (as finalized pursuant to the illustrator's opinion) and submit it to your expert's review for corrections and/or approval. This process may take a few tries based on the conversations between the attorney, illustrator and expert.

 

If you are handing a personal injury case in Miami-Dade, Broward,  or West Palm Beach and are in need of medical illustrations to use at deposition, mediation or trial please contact us to discuss. We would love to work with you on your next case. If you would like to review some of our other work, please check out our other medical illustrations by clicking 

 

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