In this article, biomechanics expert, Carolyne Albert introduces the fundamental concepts pertaining to the mechanics of bone injuries. The biomechanical experts at Robson Forensic are engaged when the cause or mechanism of an injury is not known, is not understood, or is in dispute.
Over five thousand American workers were killed on the job in 2016.1 Over the same period, almost three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in the private sector.2 Every day, workplace incidents result in traumatic injuries such as fractures, amputations, sprains, tears, lacerations, punctures, contusions, and brain injuries.
Biomechanical analysis of injury causation can help resolve disputes regarding workplace incidents related to premises safety, equipment safety, and biomechanical hazards. A knowledgeable biomechanical expert can draw upon principles of physics and engineering to shed light on whether the loading necessary to cause a diagnosed injury was present in a claimed event.
In this article, Dr. Carolyne Albert provides a brief overview of biomechanical investigations involving three common types of workplace injury-causing events: falls, overloading, and contact with objects and equipment.
When injury causation is in dispute following a pedestrian strike incident, a biomechanical reconstruction of the event is sometimes necessary to confirm or refute eye-witness testimony. In this article, biomechanical expert Carolyne Albert provides an overview of the methodology and type of information that can be determined in these investigations through the lens of an actual incident.
Conflicting testimony in bicycle vs. vehicle collisions can often be resolved through a biomechanical analysis of the injuries. In this article, Mechanical Engineer & Biomechanics Expert, Dr. Carolyne Albert describes how engineering and physics can be used to scientifically answer questions about the mechanics of bicycle collision incidents and injuries.