Screenshot from our intubation animation
Imagine you are working on a medical malpractice case involving complications from a misplaced breathing tube. You call your expert to the stand and ask them to tell the jury how to properly intubate (place a breathing tube in) a patient. The expert proceeds to tell the jury:
“If you’re using the Macintosh blade [on the laryngoscope], sweep the tongue out of the way, stick the tip of the blade into the vallecula, lift the structures up and toward the far corner of the room, visualize the cords and stick the tube between the cords.” (Source)
After hearing that, the jury will likely be wearing the same blank, confused expression you’re sporting right now. Because while that description is technically correct, it is far from illuminating. But imagine if you had a way for jurors to visualize the intubation process, as well as what happens to a patient when the breathing tube is inserted incorrectly. Not only would the jury be able to follow the expert’s testimony, they would have an accurate mental image to rely on during deliberations.
This is the great benefit of trial animations: they breathe life into dry expert testimony, help jurors visualize what can’t be seen (such as the inside of the human body or the inner workings of a mechanism), and boost the jury’s retention of facts.
Trial animations are a great way to demonstrate medical procedures and conditions, including how cells split, how a catheter works, or the misplacement of medical screws. But they can also be crucial tools in cases involving on the job accidents, mechanical breakdowns, and auto accidents. Animations are extremely adaptable, and can be developed to meet a variety of needs. Let’s look at three auto accident animations to explore the different ways they can be used at trial:
- Highway collision – Animations don’t just help jurors visualize the cars involved in the accident, they can also show the location of other vehicles, which vehicles were braking, which ones were stopped, and which ones were speeding. If you have eyewitnesses from surrounding vehicles testifying, they can point to the cars they were in so the jury understands the perspective from which they viewed the accident.
- Accident with injuries – In this animation, we not only should the exact chain of events that caused the accident, but we also showed the passenger of a vehicle involved sustained their injuries. By understanding what happened to the passenger’s body during the collision, the jury has a better understanding of the trauma that occurred.
- Interactive accident animation – Do you want to highlight specific moments during the accident recreation? Or be able to add and/or take away elements to bring more focus to a specific element? Or to show the accident from different angles and perspectives? Interactive animations allow you to do all of the above, and more, giving the jury a thorough understanding of the event.
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