Computer Enhanced Graphics:
Oftentimes injuries necessitate complex surgical intervention. In order
a jury fully understand the extent to which a plaintiff has been forced
to undergo life-saving surgeries, the Scarlett Law Group routinely utilizes
computer enhanced graphic programs during the testimony of the involved
surgeons. While this technology is by no means limited to the damage phase
of a particular case, its utility in assisting the jury to understand
the complex aspects of multiple life-saving surgeries cannot be questioned.
Though not inexpensive, the Scarlett Law Group routinely utilizes such
graphics in order a jury fully understand that which a plaintiff had to
endure. Do not forget that trials often occur a year or longer after the
plaintiff was forced to endure the life-saving surgery. Indeed, at the
time of trial, the client may look outwardly as normal as you or I. We
find it absolutely critical to take the jury back and experience as closely
as possible that which the plaintiff endured. Two examples follow:
Shi vs. Coach: On April 7, 2005, Celia Shi was struck while walking in
a crosswalk by a tour bus making an illegal left-hand turn. As a result
of the collision, Ms. Shi sustained multiple skull fractures and internal
brain bleeds. The severity of her injuries necessitated four life-saving
surgeries performed by neurosurgeons at San Francisco General Hospital.
By the time of trial, however, Ms. Shi appeared outwardly normal.
Recognizing the complexity of these surgeries and how crucial it was for
a jury to understand what Ms. Shi was forced to go through as a result
of the defendant’s negligent conduct, the Scarlett Law Group utilized
the following computer animated recreation at trial.
Through this animation and other demonstrative evidence presented at trial,
the Scarlett Law Group was successful in demonstrating to the jury the
injuries and subsequent treatment that Ms. Shi underwent. On March 13,
2007, the jury awarded Ms. Shi $22.8 million for past and future medical
expenses, past and future economic losses and past and future non-economic losses.
Bianchi v. GTI: On May 3, 2007, Mr. Drew Bianchi’s life was forever altered. He
was riding in the back seat of his friend’s car when two big-rig
trucks collided at or near the centerline of State Route 152. One of the
big-rig trucks lost steering capability and collided with the vehicle
in which Mr. Bianchi was a passenger. Mr. Bianchi suffered catastrophic
brain injuries and was air-lifted to a nearby hospital for immediate surgical
As a result of this collision, Mr. Bianchi underwent several brain surgeries
in an attempt to treat severe brain damage. The Scarlett Law Group utilized
the following animation to show the jury the extent of the medical treatment
Mr. Bianchi was forced to go through, as well as the injuries this collision
Due in part to this animation and other demonstrative evidence presented
at trial, a Santa Clara County jury fully understood not only the extent
of the injuries, but the cost of care associated with treatment of this
devastating injury. On September 23, 2009, the jury awarded Mr. Bianchi
In addition to the surgical recreations above, the Scarlett Law Group commonly
uses shorter animations to explain to a jury how complex injuries occur.
The short animations below make clear the complex nature of shearing,
cavitation and more.