Biomechanics is a field that combines the study of forces and movement (mechanics) with the study of the human body (medicine). To a trained biomechanic, the injury itself contains valuable information about injury causation.
We provide in-depth analysis of how an injury occurred and use the injury whether a bruise, laceration or fracture to reconstruct the injury event. This approach can identify where a person was, what a person was doing and what (and sometimes, who) was the cause of the injury. In some cases, it is important to know not only how an injury occurred, but if an injury occurred. Those answers can be provided by quantifying the injury risk for given scenarios.
We assist with minor low speed vehicular accidents, slip and fall cases, bicycle collisions, motorcycle and pedestrian accidents. We investigate the effects of using (or not using) safety equipment such as seat belts or helmets. Finally, we cover a broad range of injuries that include fractures, lacerations and concussions and soft tissue injuries such as neck pain, back pain and whiplash.
The most common types of cases that a biomechanic is valuable for are:
- Minor car accident reconstruction with injury
- High speed accident reconstruction with injury
- Slip/trip and falls
- Helmet vs. non-helmet use
- Seat belt vs. non-seatbelt use
- Ergonomic analysis
- Industrial accidents
- Pedestrian injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Criminal abuse or accidental fall
- Motor vehicle occupant dynamics / biomechanics