Medical Legal Articles

Illustrated Medicine: Case Study – Trauma-Induced SciaticaIllustrated Medicine: Case Study – Trauma-Induced Sciatica

This 50 year-old seat-belted driver was rear-ended at highway speeds. He suffered a lumbar spine sprain/strain injury. This illustration exhibit was created to demonstrate the direct anatomical link between …
 
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Case Study – Trimalleolar Fracture-DislocationIllustrated Medicine: Case Study – Trimalleolar Fracture-Dislocation

This panel was created to demonstrate the significant fracture-dislocation with associated injury to the syndesmosis (the distal tibia-fibula joint bound together by ligaments). The illustrations allowed litigation participants to fully appreciate the severity of the trauma and why OA ensued…
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Case Study - Intra-Articular Wrist FractureIllustrated Medicine: Case Study – Intra-Articular Wrist Fracture

This panel was created to show details of his left wrist injury, providing a visual translation of the radiology and medical reports. It also served to demonstrate the severity of the trauma-related issue(s), to address objections of pre-existing psoriatic arthritis and two prior MVA’s with unrelated sequelae…
 

Complications from TMJ TraumaIllustrated Medicine: Case Study – Complications from TMJ trauma

This 15-year-old pedestrian was hit by a car on the left side. She flew onto the windshield, hit her head and landed on the pavement…
 
 
 
 

Using Medical Illustrations at Trial – Some Advice from the ExpertsUsing Medical Illustrations at Trial – Some Advice from the Experts

When medical illustrations are prepared for a case, defence counsel must be notified that they will be used at trial. Send a letter stating that…
 
 
 
 

Using Medical Illustrations at Trial – Some Advice from the ExpertsIllustrated Medicine: Lover’s Fracture

The calcaneus, or heel bone, is the largest bone of the foot, and along with the talus, makes up the “hindfoot” – the area under the ankle…
 
 
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Abdominal Trauma and SurgeryIllustrated Medicine: Abdominal Trauma and Surgery

On July 31st, 2012, Ms. Jones was eating her lunch at the club’s reception desk, when the defendant’s car smashed through the front of the building, pinning her against the wall. She was rushed to the closest ER and diagnosed with abdominal injuries along with facial and pelvic trauma…
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (Part 2)Illustrated Medicine: Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (Part 2)

Due to the prevalence of poor outcomes from injury to joints of the body, personal injury lawyers can benefit from an awareness of the compromised ability of cartilage to heal itself and the science of osteoarthritic deterioration manifested in this type of injury…
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (Part 1)Illustrated Medicine: Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis (Part 1)

At Artery Studios we deal with hundreds of personal injury cases a year. Many of these involve injury to joints, leading to osteoarthritis (OA). This first paper in a two part series examines the anatomy and physiology of joints and explains why what may appear to be only a minor injury to cartilage can lead to long-term complications in the form of posttraumatic OA…
 

Illustrated Medicine: Skull Fracture and Brain InjuriesIllustrated Medicine: Skull Fracture and Brain Injuries

Mr. Smith was front-seat passenger in a vehicle that rolled over several times at high speed. Paramedics found him unconscious and extricated him from the vehicle. His GCS was 11 in the ambulance…
 
 
 

Illustrated Medicine: Mechanism of InjuryIllustrated Medicine: Mechanism of Injury

Mosby’s Medical Dictionary (2013) defines the Mechanism of Injury (MOI) as – “the circumstance in which an injury occurs, for example, sudden deceleration, wounding by a projectile, or crushing by a heavy object”…
 
 
 

Communicating Complex Medical Issues: A Visual ApproachCommunicating Complex Medical Issues: A Visual Approach

Law schools focus on the art of language use – rulings, legal precedents, salient legal details – all using the written word to ensure accurate interpretation of the law. But few law schools (if any) integrate courses on human anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, radiology, obstetrics or other medical subjects. Most personal injury lawyers are self-taught when it comes to understanding medicine…

Demonstrative Evidence: Innovative Approaches for Impactful PersuasionDemonstrative Evidence: Innovative Approaches for Impactful Persuasion

Janine Smith sits in the courtroom, her tinted wavy hair showing no signs of grey, her minimal makeup carefully applied, elegantly wearing the understated gold jewellery inherited from her mother – for good luck. She nervously looks through her bifocals and glances down at the nails she painted the night before, as she twists her wedding band and glances at her watch – an anniversary present from her husband…