Medical Animations for Plaintiff or Defense

Aug 12, 2016

Often our clients are interested in illustrating medical issues related to injuries or surgical procedures. PSI has been creating medical animations and graphics since our inception in 1997, providing attorneys and experts with compelling visuals to support and highlight complex injury, trauma and post-accident surgical issues. PSI’s award-wining animators are adept at working with medical records and data such as surgical reports, radiological imagery and autopsy reports to create accurate, realistic and admissible presentations.

For Plaintiff attorneys, visually demonstrating the body’s normal processes and contrasting them to their client's current state, can make a powerful impression on the jury. Illustrating the events that take place in the surgical theater can bring to life the suffering endured by their client.

For Defense attorneys, cutting through the complicated medical jargon and gasp-inducing photos with a clear visual presentation of the Plaintiff’s prior condition or proper standard of care, can make all the difference in ensuring the jury remains focused on the evidence.

Some of the typical uses for these types of illustrative demonstrations include:

Surgery clients have undergone since an accident – Create a compelling visual presentation to ensure the jury understands the often painful and life changing steps required to alleviate the suffering caused by involvement in an accident or workplace injury.

Injury Mechanism – Illustrate specifically how the accident caused your client's injuries, or conversely, how the claimed accident could not have resulted in the injuries.

Medical Malpractice – Medical malpractice cases are often very complex and difficult to understand. Jurors benefit greatly from an visual presentation of the steps, and missteps, that caused the undesired outcomes of a surgical or medical procedure.

Pre-Existing Conditions – Illustrating the prior defect or degradation of bones and tissue is often critical in defending against claims that the accident was the cause of further medical issues.

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Craig Fries


Craig Fries is the Founder and President of Precision Simulations, Inc., the foremost forensic analysis and animation firm in the US. In this role he has created or directed over 1,000 3D forensic animations for use in criminal and civil litigation and has maintained a 100% record of non-exclusion at trial. As a pioneer in the field of forensic laser scanning, Craig created the first 3D animation based upon laser scan data ever admitted at trial in the US, and has been at the forefront of the use of the technology in homicide and accident investigation since.

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