1st Edition

Medical Illustration in the Courtroom Proving Injury, Causation, and Damages

By Lindsay E. Coulter Copyright 2024
    218 Pages 157 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    218 Pages 157 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    218 Pages 157 Color & 11 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Medical Illustration in the Courtroom: Proving Injury, Causation, and Damages educates the reader on how to communicate science visually—in personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal, and forensic cases—by creating art that utilizes medical records, radiographs, and computer software. 

    Medical illustration bridges the gap between complex technical, medical, and scientific concepts to clearly illustrate, and explain visually, a medical condition, negligence, or the causation of an injury or death to the lay person. Medical artists are frequently challenged with illustrating injuries and medical conditions that can’t be seen by the naked eye. And while using medical photography and imaging for illustrative purposes can be helpful, to an untrained eye it can often be unclear or confusing. This is where the medical illustrator enters the equation. There are often patients who have recovered from an injury or infection that appear in good health. However, should an unforeseen injury or fatality happen, medical illustrators can reveal to people what’s actually going on inside the person, an invaluable asset to attorneys in the courtroom—especially for personal injury and medical malpractice cases. While many attorneys utilize medical artists, nonvisual people don’t always recognize the value of demonstrative aids until they see them first-hand.

    When attorneys and their clients enlist the aid of medical artists, it quickly becomes apparent that properly conceived and executed artwork is invaluable to illustrating the facts—and medical impacts—of any number of scenarios: homicides by shooting, stabbings, vehicular accidents, in addition to medical malpractice and personal injuries resulting from surgery or possible negligence.

    Presenting a myriad of services and computer technologies that can be utilized, Medical Illustration in the Courtroom provides demonstrative aids used in cases to illustrate personal injury and medical malpractice, employing "tricks of the trade" to create an accurate effective image. Such images are educational to attorneys, insurance adjusters, judges, and juries to help create a visual storyline, the goal being to help combine art and science to provide a clear illustration of events to help in adjudicate legal and forensic cases.

    1. Introduction to Medical Illustration

    2. Medical Illustrations Enhance Trial Presentation

    3. Medical Illustrations for Personal Injury Cases

    4. Medical Illustrations for Medical Malpractice Cases—Medical Malpractice Defense

    5. Medical Illustration—Interpersonal Violence

    6. Illustrating Gunshot Wounds

    7. Forensic Facial Reconstruction

    8. Medical Legal Illustrations are Useful in Every Stage of Litigation—Not Just Trial!

    9. Utilizing Focus Groups for Review of Demonstrative Aids

    10. How Media Has Affected Learning

    11. Conclusion


    Lindsay E. Coulter graduated with a BFA in medical illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art—with medical classes taken at Case Western Reserve University. She is also a board-certified medical illustrator (CMI). Coulter works as a medical illustrator and owns ION Medical Designs, LLC. ION Medical Designs is a boutique medical illustration company that specializes in custom medical illustrations, 2D and 3D animations, interactive applications, timelines, VR, and augmented reality. She creates medical demonstratives for medical malpractice and personal injury cases to assist attorneys with their demand packages, mediations, and trials. She helps to create visuals of complex surgeries and injuries that are compelling and educational for a broad audience. She has worked on high-profile and medically complex cases globally.