Animations & Computer Enhanced Graphics
Oftentimes injuries necessitate complex surgical intervention. In order for a jury to fully understand the extent to which a plaintiff has been forced to undergo life-saving surgeries, the Scarlett Law Group routinely utilizes computer-enhanced graphics programs during the testimony of the surgeons and other medical specialists. 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 intervention.
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 caused him.