Medical Animations in Court: Gimmick or the Real Thing?

Dave Grossman | April 30, 2020

Medical animations and simulations are sometimes used during trials as a visual aid to complement testimony. You may be wondering if they’re just a gimmick or novelty in the courtroom, or if they’re a valuable resource for attorneys.

The Pros of Medical Animations in Court

The average juror is not well versed in medical jargon, and it can be difficult for a juror to navigate the often technical elements of a case.

This is where medical animations become incredibly useful. 3D medical simulations help a jury visualize and understand exactly what happened without having to obtain a medical degree.

In addition, these simulations also provide another avenue to introduce medical facts that are relevant to a case.

The Cons of Medical Animations in Court Cases

One of the biggest downsides to medical animations is that they can mislead the jury into drawing incorrect conclusions. Often giving the testimony more weight than if it was just a person sitting in the witness stand. In many cases, the court will preface the use of any medical animations with instructions on how the jury should use this evidence in their decision-making processes.

Why Attorneys Are Using Medical Animations for Jury Trials

3D animations can make it easier to digest this information. Medical simulations often fall under the category of substantive evidence. They process the available data to show what would happen, with the help of a computer.

Medical animations provide an effective tool when used appropriately in the courtroom. You can show the jury an in-motion example of everything that the experts are saying in order to better make your case. When you’re up against a difficult challenge, it makes sense to use all the resources at your disposal to get a favorable verdict for your client.

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