Almost every state has a penal code that relates to the seriousness of the injuries sustained by a victim of a crime. Most states define it as Serious Bodily Injury; some have a lesser called Substantial Bodily Injury. California calls it Great Bodily Injury and it is a felony strike that adds prison time to the sentence. This presentation will review different types of bodily injury and provides insight on how best to litigate them to achieve the desired outcome.
Cases reviewed cover nasal fractures, wrist fractures, head injuries and more. We will talk about expected signs and symptoms, mechanism disputes and disfigurement.
Fractures are often a factor in determinations. In this case review we will discuss potential defenses and recommendations for expert testimony.
Nasal fractures are unique because they have a high false positive rate. In this case review we will discuss the standards of care in diagnosing nasal fractures and the clinical presentation that is expected when the patient has an acute, or recent, fracture. We also discusses mechanism of other injuries.
Head Injury (Mechanism) (2 cases)
When there is no dispute as to who was involved in the assault, it is important to understand whether the allegations match the mechanism of injury. In this case we will discuss blunt versus sharp object injury characteristics as a manner of determining mechanism.
Fabrication of Injuries/Past Medical History
Victims will sometimes exaggerate their injuries, misunderstand the explanations of healthcare providers, or propose their previous conditions are new. This case review shows how this occurs and discusses how to tackle that in court.
Upon completion of this course, the attendee will:
- Be familiar with the general concept as it applies in legal cases.
- Be familiar with different injuries that may constitute bodily injury.
- Be better prepared to litigate a case where bodily injury is charged.