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Who are Biomechanists?
A biomechanist might be an engineer or medical doctor; biomechanics, however, is not within the sole domain of either of these easily recognized professions.
Biomechanical vs. Medical
Biomechanics - the science concerned with the action of forces, internal and external, on the living body. (From Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions)
What is Biomechanics?
The discipline of biomechanics integrates the laws of physics and the working concepts of engineering...
When a Biomechanist can Help
In general, a biomechanist is a useful expert when liability questions involve human motion...

Personal Injury Case Study
Head Injury and Restraint Use

A Ford minivan traveling approximately 30 mph through an intersection was struck behind the driver’s door by a Dodge sedan traveling approximately 40 mph.  At impact, the change in velocity of the minivan was estimated at between 22 and 24 mph.  As a result of the collision, the minivan rotated and rolled onto its right side, and the driver’s side third row passenger suffered a right side skull fracture.  Was the passenger restrained at the time of the incident?  Would restraint use have prevented the injury?

Head Injury and Restraint Use

At impact, the occupants of the minivan would have moved in response to the impact motion of the van.  Northstar Biokinetics determined that the rear-seat passenger’s motion would have been forward and to the left as the van slowed and rolled to the right.  As a result, the passenger’s right-side head strike could only have occurred from falling across the van when it rolled onto the right side.  If the rear-seat passenger had employed the available three-point restraint, impact would have been minimal to his left side.  Northstar Biokinetics concluded that the right-side head strike and resultant head injuries were the direct result of not wearing the restraint.

Case Examples
Case Examples Anterior Knee Dislocation
Case Examples Anterior Shoulder Dislocation
Case Study Bus Pedestrian Accident
Case Examples Head Injury and Restraint Use
Case Study Hit & Run Death
Case Examples Right Knee
Case Examples TMJ Disfunction
Case Examples Trip & Fall
Case Examples Wrist Injury
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