Spinal Cord Anatomy Model Used in Litigation
You’ve seen it on television. In TV shows that offer scenarios with lawyers and injury cases, you’ve probably witnessed that on-screen attorney trying to convince a jury how his client’s injury was caused and who was responsible. Maybe you’ve also seen such litigation in person, or perhaps – unfortunately – you’ve been a part of such a case.
Whichever role you’ve played – spectator, plaintiff, or attorney – you know that a solid case involves good evidence and sound arguments and explanations on the part of the lawyers. Often, attorneys need to use visuals to explain certain mechanics of the body when arguing injury cases, and nothing works better than a model that allows the jury to see the inner-workings of the body.
Spinal cord injury cases often make their way into courtrooms around the world and, generally, lawyers for the injured are looking for more than a poster or drawing of the spine to convince the jury to decide in favor of their client. That’s where a spinal cord anatomy model comes into play. Attorneys use such models so that those unfamiliar with the workings of the spine can better understand why the injury occurred, why the injured seeks compensation, and why that compensation should be granted.
Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) makes several spinal cord anatomy models that have been used successfully in a court of law. The models made by ddd have been touted by many as the best available and attorneys who work with injury cases see them as an invaluable tool.
“We used one of your spine models on a two- level cervical fusion case during a trial in Denver County District Court in January of this year. We obtained a verdict over 2 million dollars,” explained Jason W. Jordan, Attorney at Law, in a recent review of a ddd model he purchased for litigation purposes.
“It was extremely helpful to explain to the jury, the nature of the anatomy, and the extent of the injuries involved. My expert used this model during his examination and it was helpful in my verdict, for sure” he adds. “Specifically, the model I used has a built in annular tear into a spine model. As you load the disc with your hands, you can see the nucleus exit the disc and impact the nerves. Everyone in that courtroom understood the injury at that moment.”
A movable 3-D spinal cord anatomy model can prompt an understanding that no poster or artist’s rendering can transmit. Because most people are visual learners, attorneys find that juries who see demonstrations made with Dynamic Disc Design’s models can get a better picture in their head of exactly what happened to the plaintiff’s spine.
As such, it is easier to make a determination as to the root cause of the injury and if the defendant should be charged with the responsibility for this injury. In short, for plaintiffs, a good spine model can mean the difference between a reasonable settlement and no settlement at all.
After all, says Dr. Louis Crespo, “A bone model is worth a thousand words.”
If you are an attorney who deals with spinal cord injuries, contact Dynamic Disc Designs to learn more about the models that can assist you in your litigation practice.