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3D Printing and Personal Injury

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Wednesday September 16, 2020.

3D printing is transforming personal injury claims, helping victims overcome challenges in proving pain and suffering.

While the technology itself is not new, many different industries are just beginning to tap into the potential of 3D printing. 3DPrinting.com, an online source for news, education, and developments related to the technology, describes it as the production of three dimensional objects from a digital file that acts as a template. The specialized printer runs an additive process, manufacturing successive layers of the base material until the object is complete; for this reason, 3D printing is also known as “additive manufacturing.”

3D printing offers a wide range of capabilities for any industry, but you might be surprised to learn the role it can play to support the claims of accident victims. If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, it is just one of many strategies your Tulsa, OK personal injury attorney may employ to recover compensation for your losses. An overview can help you understand how 3D printing can support your case.

Usage of 3D Printing in Personal Injury Cases

While victims can recover economic damages for their medical bills and lost wages, the compensation for pain and suffering is one of the main components of a personal injury claim. Because the experiences of victims are very personal and subjective, it can be difficult to establish the level of pain and suffering in a meaningful way. 3D printing can be used to develop models of an individual’s injuries, putting things into perspective for an insurance adjuster and members of a jury.

Improving on Courtroom Exhibits and Demonstrations

In current practice, personal injury attorneys might produce a detailed drawing, slideshow, or lab screenings to show how the victim was harmed by an accident. These items serve as exhibits in court, but there are limitations on their effectiveness. Jurors may be viewing them from several feet away, and it is challenging to convey pain and suffering with complex injuries.

3D models are more suited to translating a victim’s injuries into a subjective concept like pain and suffering. The jury can envision what a victim is going through when viewing the model in the context of a medical expert’s testimony.

3D Printing can Lead to Higher Jury Awards

Ultimately, the main objective to implementing 3D models in personal injury cases is to ensure victims get the maximum amount of compensation by law. Jurors are unlikely to award monetary damages based upon elusive or intangible concepts, but a physical depiction can serve as concrete evidence of the victim’s pain and suffering.

Our Oklahoma City Personal Injury Lawyers Employ a Variety of Legal Strategies

3D printing is a promising development in the field of personal injury law, but there are many other tools attorneys use to fight for the rights of victims. To learn how our team can assist with your case, please contact BDIW Law. You can call 918-728-6500 or contact our Tulsa, OK personal injury attorneys online to request a free consultation at our offices in Ponca City, Oklahoma.