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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
Bus Pedestrian Accident

A city bus struck a canopy providing shade at a construction site; one of the tent support poles hit a crossing guard allegedly injuring her back.  Did the canopy support pole cause an acute back injury?

Bus Pedestrian Accident

Based on testing of an exemplar canopy and a careful review of the evidence, medical records, and witness statements, Northstar Biokinetics determined that the bus was traveling normally through a restricted flow construction area when it contacted a guy line connected to the SW canopy post; the canopy was subsequently deformed and drug by the bus.  The low mass and unconstrained bottom edge of the post resulted in maximum impact forces to the crossing guard on the order of 14 lbs (spread out over a 1-inch square aluminum post).  Northstar Biokinetics concluded that the forces from the canopy pole strike were insufficient to cause the back injuries claimed by the crossing guard; more than likely, based on a review of the medical records and descriptions in testimony, the guard’s physical, work-related activities and pre-existing degenerative conditions caused her back symptoms.

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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