Biomechanical injury investigation is a form of accident reconstruction that involves using evidence of injury as the basis of the reconstruction process.
Biomechanical engineers will often use medical imaging, scans and other documentary records to understand the diagnoses that have been made by medical practitioners or other medical personnel. This allows them to assess the forces and mechanisms that may have been involved in causing those injuries.
With an understanding of the mechanism of injury the biomechanical engineer is able to comment on the events that produced those mechanism.
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Expertise in Action
Biomechanical engineers may be retained in a wide range of circumstances that give rise to physical injuries including:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pushbike injuries
- Physical or sexual assaults
The operation of safety equipment, seat belts, airbags, children seating, windscreens and the structure of the vehicle may be the subject of investigation, as may be the issue of whether or not the final position of a person’s body is consistent with a certain version of events or case theory.
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The overall cost of expert opinion depends on the services required. Some of the key factors that affect the cost of advice include:
- The need for a view or inspection of a location
- The quantity of documentary material to be reviewed
- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
- Whether there is a need for conferences with the expert either in person or by telephone/Skype