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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
Wrist Injury

A Cadillac sedan was hit from behind by a Pontiac sedan.  The driver of the Cadillac testified that the Pontiac was traveling 60 to 65 mph at impact.  He alleged that at the time of the collision his left elbow was bent, his left hand was on the steering wheel (palm up) at about a 7 to 8 o’clock position, and his hand was forced into the wheel by the impact.  Could this collision have caused a complete scaphoid-lunate disruption?

Wrist Injury

A reconstruction of the accident demonstrated that the impact speed was approximately 27 mph (not 60 to 65 mph) and the change in velocity was 12 to 16 mph.  Based on the occupant kinematics of a rear-end collision, Northstar Biokinetics determined that the driver of the Cadillac sedan would not have moved forward at impact into the steering wheel.  Northstar Biokinetics concluded that the forces involved in the incident were not consistent with complete scaphoid-lunate disruption, but rather were the result of long-term repetitive stresses on the wrist from elite-level sports, weight lifting, and daily repetitive push-ups.

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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