3D animation is a powerful tool for presenting forensic evidence and case details that would otherwise be difficult to explain. Whether a forensic animation is used as a substantive tool or as a demonstrative visual aid, it is founded in factual data. Litigators and experts can utilize animation as a flexible platform to compile and present data from a variety of sources including accident simulation software, CDR (crash data retrieval) Systems, GPS, Laser scanners, photogrammetry, surveys, diagrams, aerial imagery, photographs, reports, and physical
measurements among others.
Accident Recreation – Vehicle accidents can be fast occurring events that are dynamic and complex. 3D animation provides a great deal of flexibility in being able to show an environment as it existed at the time of the incident even if the environment has changed dramatically since that time. Portions of an environment can be added and
removed to explore the differences in visibility, conspiuity, or to observe line-of-sight impairments. It also gives us the freedom to move through an environment unhindered and view an event from multiple vantage points. 3D animation can be an invaluable tool for presenting accident reconstruction analysis.
Personal injury – There are a wide variety of classifications for personal injury cases where 3D animation can be effective. These cases generally are very complex, involving specific medical procedures, building processes or components, mechanical operations, or dangerous environmental issues. 3D animation can provide a visual means with which to accurately depict the circumstances and specific injuries related to an incident. Some examples of the common types of personal injury cases that can benefit from an animated recreation would be:
- Slip and falls due to uneven flooring, damaged or missing areas of streets or sidewalks, objects blocking a path of travel, or slippery surfaces.
- Premises liability involving an unsafe or defective condition on a property.
- A physical assault or battery that occurs due to improper security or excessive use of force that results in serious injury.
- Toxic tort cases resulting from exposure to toxic compounds or dangerous substances that inflict injury or disease.
- Defective/faulty machinery, improper use, or not adhering to safety protocols resulting in bodily harm.
- Medical malpractice suits where a person is injured from incompetent or improper standards and procedure in healthcare provisions.
Medical Animation – 3D animation is perfectly suited for demonstrating involved medical procedures, biomedical product usage, and injuries suffered in an accident. Complex issues surrounding the mechanisms of injury from an accident can be broken down and clearly demonstrated with 3D animation, illustrations, and graphics. By combining medical and accident animation, an understanding of the incident in its entirety can be demonstrated, serving as a powerful point of leverage in a personal injury or accident case.