Injury Illustrated is the first book of its kind. It is the essential guide on medical illustrations used in injury litigation. This book examines the creation of visual graphics known as demonstrative exhibits. These exhibits provide an understanding of traumatic injuries, surgeries, and radiology studies for the jury, judges, adjustors, mediators, and the attorneys. These chapters describe how to tell a clear story about gross anatomy, medical malpractice, and/or death investigation in court by using medical images. While medical illustration and injury law are very different professions, illustrators are the ideal partners for lawyers when solving problems and preparing for trial.
Divided into five sections, this book details who medical illustrators are, how they are educated in medicine, the skills and services they can provide to trial lawyers, and the countless benefits resulting from case illustration preparation.
- Find techniques to best use medical images during all stages of litigation
- Learn how graphic exhibits engage a jury and empower justice
- Understand why attorneys win more cases by collaborating with medical illustrators
All readers will learn about this unique career and the attorney-illustrator relationship. More specifically, attorneys, artists, animators, law students, medical students, forensic scientists, and medical experts will understand how demonstrative exhibits assist legal proceedings in forensic matters and civil lawsuits.
Warning: the images are graphic and the cases are, at times, catastrophic.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Chapter 01 – Dominos, warning: graphic images
Chapter 02 – The Brief, the reason and reasoning
Section A – Who am I? the beginning of a medical illustrator
Chapter 03 – You’re Grounded, growing up with anatomy
Chapter 04 – Suspicious Minds, seeking the truth
Chapter 05 – Bunny Suit, a background in forensics
Section B – Who are we? the unknown world of medical illustration
Chapter 06 – Disgusta, medical illustration master’s degree
Chapter 07 – Stars are Born, products of our professors
Chapter 08 – Sutured Together, learning surgery
Chapter 09 – History of the Association, foundations of medical art and law
Section C – Why would an attorney hire a medical illustrator?
Chapter 10 – Pantyhose, inside the law firm
Chapter 11 – Message in a Bottle, a settlement brochure
Chapter 12 – Hondas, profits over people
Chapter 13 – The Process, draw by hand
Chapter 14 – Wile E. Coyote, real people
Chapter 15 – Tin Cans, voluminous records
Chapter 16 – Can’t Trust a Photo, but request them all
Chapter 17 – Interpreting Radiology, images establish facts
Chapter 18 – Radiology Is Not Enough, the jury needs clarification
Chapter 19 – Netflix, the jury wants TV
Chapter 20 – Muddy Waters, aberrant anatomy
Chapter 21 – Healing Trauma, the client is better
Chapter 22 – Bad Facts, the client is a stripper
Chapter 23 – No Facts, the lawyer didn’t ask
Chapter 24 – Pre-Trial Panic, last minute animations
Chapter 25 – Six Degrees of Separation, experts & animators
Section D – What additional benefits does an attorney get from collaboration with a medical illustrator?
Chapter 26 – Boutique Feel, not just a product but a service
Chapter 27 – It’s Not Rocket Science, narrating brain surgery
Chapter 28 – Headless Horseman, the value of the client likeness
Chapter 29 – Defending Doctors, medical malpractice defense
Chapter 30 – Deep Pockets, what will this cost
Chapter 31 – MVP, minimum viable product
Chapter 32 – Pancakes, food analogies
Chapter 33 – Out of the Box, creative alternatives
Chapter 34 – Power Tools, anything it takes
Chapter 35 – Holograms, advances in technology
Chapter 36 – Exhibit Hall, building connections
Section E – The closing argument for evoking emotion
Chapter 37 – The Wall, between our warm hearts and our dark minds
Chapter 38 – Gross, the specter versus the science
Chapter 39 – Pin the Tail on the Donkey, to show or not to show the genitalia
Chapter 40 – Perfect Data, a picture is worth a thousand words