Using a Spinal Cord Anatomical Model in the Courtroom
Throughout the world, courts are filled with plaintiffs who’ve filed suit against another person or persons for a variety of reasons, including medical malpractice and personal infury. Just in the United States alone, it is estimated that at least 120,000 deaths each year can be contributed to medical negligence but that only about 5 percent of those individuals actually receive compensation as a result of filing a malpractice claim.1 In Canada, some 43,000 deaths occur each year due to mistakes made by a medical professional.2
In the personal injury suit world, the numbers are staggering. Countless individuals sue each year over what they view as another person’s negligence – negligence that caused them to get hurt. Many law firms specialize in personal injury cases and tens of thousands are settled or tried each year.
Sometimes, however, when a suit is filed against negligent parties, the plaintiff doesn’t win. This is due to the fact that the burden of proof is not met and attorneys are unable to prove any wrongdoing, despite the gathering of evidence and the testimony of the wronged. But, sometimes, when the right tools are used in the testimony phase of the trial, success can happen and compensation will rightly be awarded to the injured party.
Often, attorneys use drawings to demonstrate medical scenarios for juries in the courtroom. After all, most jury members are not medical professionals and generally require visuals to understand what happened to cause injury to the plaintiff. In cases that involve injury to the spinal cord, many attorneys have found that the best tools are anatomical models of the spine.
In medical legal cases, whether they be malpractice suits or personal injury lawsuits, a good model is worth a thousand drawings, especially if they are 3D movable models such as those offered by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd).
A spinal cord anatomical model made by ddd is ideal for a courtroom setting or even for a deposition. By using the model for demonstrations, medical experts can best reach those who most need to grasp an understanding of how the spine works, often the members of a jury. This clearer understanding will allow them to make the RIGHT decision in the end – be it for the plaintiff or the defendant.
By using one of the spinal cord models made by Dr. Jerome Fryer of Dynamic Disc Designs, juries can literally hold the spine in their hands as the attorney or medical expert explains the specifics of the plaintiff’s injury or medical issue.
Fryer’s models are one-of-a-kind in design, flexible, and totally dynamic, and are easy to comprehend, even for non-medical individuals. The realism of these models is achieved thanks to a 2-part intervertebral disc with 6 degrees of freedom designed by an experienced chiropractor who has superior knowledge in the workings of the spine.
Yet despite the sophistication, juries simply “get it” when they see and touch the model, say attorneys who have already used ddd models successfully.
“Finally, a realistic spinal model that can demonstrate real-life spine injuries and, importantly, show load -related pain problems like disc herniation, disc bulge, nerve root and dural sac encroachment with a dynamic deforming load sensitive model,” says Robert Zielke, an attorney from Seattle, Washington, USA. “A powerful educational tool for any Personal Injury Lawyer involved with spinal related injuries.”
See how a spinal cord anatomical model can help with your malpractice or personal injury cases. Browse the Dynamic Disc Designs website or contact the company for more information.