Whether it’s medical malpractice, a car accident, or a case involving a fall, medical evidence is often a crucial part of a case. But plaintiff and defense experts often grapple with interpreting complex medical evidence and explaining it to a jury. When the stakes are high, you need eye-popping exhibits and clear, easy-to-understand demonstrative aids to help prove your case. Here are some of the important types of medical trial exhibits that you can use to strengthen your case at trial.
In short, a storyboard is a physical demonstration method whereby multiple images (usually chronological) are organized in a way that you can leave them visible to jurors. Unlike digital graphics, storyboards remain static and visible at all times. They anchor a juror’s attention and provide a clear reference.
There are many uses for 3D graphics when it comes to medical trial exhibits. Many surgeries, for example, are now performed by robotic arms and through arthroscopic techniques. It can be helpful to use a 3D illustration to allow a skilled expert surgeon to rotate the image for jurors while explaining what they are observing. This provides real-time feedback and a simple, yet excellent way to prove how a procedure was performed.
Courtroom presentations have come a long way in the past decade. In 2002, many attorneys actually reported “fearing” animations, thinking they would somehow prejudice jurors and lead to bad outcomes. In truth, we continue to find that digital animations, when done correctly, can have a profound impact on helping jurors understand and process information.
Sometimes you don’t need to get fancy. Sometimes simply enlarging and enhancing good color photographs is enough to help your audience make sense of the information. This is especially true of things like wounds or injuries.
Videos have long been used in court to prove direct evidence of an event. For instance, a surveillance tape is great evidence of a crime and a traffic camera may be terrific for showing who caused a crash. However, when it comes to medical trial exhibits, videos can be created to show an injured person’s painful recovery or to illustrate how the injuries have affected that person’s life since the event that caused those injuries. Many times, these so-called “day-in-the-life” videos can be compelling and help jurors truly understand the long-term effects of an injury.
Finally, a well-drawn medical illustration can be as complex as a brightly colored image of a human heart or as simple as a fractured bone. Like photos and story boards, a static illustration can be very helpful when paired with an expert’s testimony.
Getting Help With Illustrations, Story Boards, and More
When you are preparing for a trial, you need to be sure your audience can understand and relate to the evidence. Can your expert clearly show (not just tell) a jury how it happened? Can the expert use a visual to demonstrate how an injury took place or how a wound healed?
At A. William Roberts, Jr. & Associates (AWR), we offer trial animations, medical illustrations, deposition services and more. Contact us today to schedule a deposition or to set up an appointment to find out how we can help with your next trial.