$3.64M Verdict Illustrating MVC Spinal Injuries

Sevy Fisher, Esq., and Greyson M. Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group, Los Angeles, CA

When a man pulled over to the side of the road to fix a flat tire, a vehicle collided with the back of his RV, resulting in severe spinal, mandibular, and wrist injuries that would require multiple surgeries.

The defendant disputed liability, claiming that the unforeseen flat tire was the cause of the collision. He argued that the plaintiff should have instead pulled over at the next rest stop. Attorneys at The Simon Law Group needed a visual presentation to help a jury see and understand the painful magnitude of damages and medical costs their client would endure for life, as a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.

We were tasked with equipping the plaintiff’s legal team with an arsenal of visuals that would convey the victim’s damages, surgeries, and future surgeries. We delivered:

  • Cervical Color Diagnostics to highlight MRI’s of the patient’s cervical injuries, with a colorized X-ray of the patient’s completed fusion surgery.
  • Cervical Surgery Illustration to demonstrate the step-by-step fusion procedure the patient needed on his cervical spine.
  • Lumbar Color Diagnostics to highlight disc protrusions throughout the victim’s lumbar spine, using color to familiarize jurors with the MRI.
  • Proposed Surgery Illustration to demonstrate the future fusion the patient still needed on his lumbar spine, and the fusion extension he needed on his cervical spine.
  • Dental Surgery Illustration to show the plaintiff’s painfully cracked tooth, its root canal, its extraction, and the suturing of the plaintiff’s gums.
  • Carpal Tunnel Illustration to conclude the presentation with the patient’s final hand surgery to capture the totality of the victim’s experience.

The visual presentation helped jurors see zero liability on behalf of the plaintiff, and awarded him a $3.64M verdict.

Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group
Most people nowadays want to learn visually. It is difficult to tell a story without a visual to explain it. People in our technological modern world want instant information. High Impact is perfect for that objective. We use their illustrations on all of our trials – and more often than not, they have resulted in large verdicts.
Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group

Exhibits A and B: Colorized Cervical Injuries

The first two exhibits display colorized MRI’s of the patient’s spinal injuries, and a colorized x-ray of the patient’s completed fusion surgery, C4-C7. Color Diagnostics bring black-and-white radiographic films to life by highlighting injuries with recognizable context people can see and understand.

Greyson M. Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group
You can only do so much without visuals. Sure, you can show the jury your client has a scar and it hurts. But it is much more effective showing them what is going on inside an injured person’s body. Your experts will get a kick out of the illustrations, and they always help the jury understand what is really going on (and pump up damages). We use High Impact on every trial.
Greyson M. Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group
Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group
Working with High Impact is extremely easy and stress free. Oftentimes it can be difficult to manage an outside party and fine tune what they are doing so that it meets the expectations of the case and client’s injuries, but High Impact makes our lives easier.
Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group

Exhibit C and D: Illustrated Spine Fusions

The next two exhibits illustrate the step-by-step fusion surgery on the patient’s cervical spine, and the proposed lumbar spine fusion the plaintiff would undergo in the future. Illustrated medical exhibits not only simplify complex procedures; they visually emphasize the painful experience the victim endured.

Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group
Showing a jury the spine, the many different instruments, and the very difficult surgery procedures that one has to go through, had a huge impact on the verdict. Showing a jury what a human being has to endure with illustrations helps to explain the pain and suffering they have had, and will have.
Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group

Exhibit E: Illustrated Future Surgery

This medical illustration outlines a proposed cervical spine fusion extension the client would need in the future, and helped the jury understand the long road ahead for the victim’s recovery.

Greyson M. Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group
High Impact is amazing. We routinely get brought into cases where trial is in close (or direct) proximity. No matter the timing, High Impact gets first-class visuals done quickly and efficiently.
Greyson M. Goody, Esq., The Simon Law Group

Exhibit F: Illustrated Dental Damage

The next exhibit illustrates a vertical crack in the victim’s tooth that extended into a root canal. The tooth needed to be extracted, the socket needed to be packed with bone graft material, and the gum tissue needed to be sutured. Illustration showed the jury what that process looked like.

Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group
Darlene makes our lives so much easier. We simply send her an e-mail, give her the records, operative reports, etc., and High Impact's artists make the perfect illustrations. And I cannot remember a time where they have had to edit them because they are incorrect. It is completely hands off from our perspective, which is what we need in the already stressful environment leading up to trial.
Sevy Fisher, Esq., The Simon Law Group

Exhibit G: Carpal Tunnel Release

The final exhibit illustrates the bilateral carpal tunnel release surgery required to reduce pressure on the victim’s main nerve in the wrist. This illustrated story called attention to the invasive procedure the victim endured while making it easy for jurors to comprehend.

Darlene Garber - Visual Media Strategist

Darlene is High Impact’s Denver-based Visual Media Strategist who has experience working with all types of catastrophic injuries not just at High Impact, but as a former firefighter paramedic with advanced medical training. She yields an insider understanding of the healthcare industry’s standard of care procedures, and she will ensure your case is coordinated properly and delivered on deadline. Contact Darlene.

High Impact’s team of visual strategists, artists and developers can build and customize your digital presentation for any case involving personal injury, medical malpractice, birth trauma - or any subject involving complex information.

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