Following the initial contact from the client, a detailed review and assessment of all documentation pertaining to the accident is conducted as a prelude to the accident site view. Following this assessment, the client is advised within forty eight hours as to the viability of pursuing the investigation.
Accident Site Assessment
Prior to the preparation of a detailed proposal and costing, we attend the accident site to measure and photograph all contiguous features, conduct interviews and undertake relevant anthropometric measurement. The proposal will present to the client a detailed breakdown of all necessary methods and procedures together with associated itemised costing.
Laboratory Accident Reconstruction
Following instructions to proceed, accident reconstruction typically involves reproducing the accident site structures in the laboratory. This necessitates the building, to exact specification and identical textures, sections of platforms, walkways, railings and/or staircases on which test subjects demonstrate typical movement patterns. These movements are based on the architecture of related anatomical structures. If CCTV footage is available, replication of gait patterns of the injured party can also be used to provide precise kinetic and kinematic information. Movement patterns are recorded and filmed in three planes of motion with the images digitised to confirm precise recruitment of segments. Test subjects are selected according to their gender, height and body mass relative to the anthropometric measurements of the injured party.
If additional graphic evidence is required to support the claim, an in-situ bioanimation can be provided depicting all sequential events relative to the incident. The bioanimation is based on the laboratory reconstruction, and is reproduced against the background of the accident site. A test subject, or the claimant if capable, and at the discretion of the client, can be depicted against the background of the accident site before metamorphosing into a humanoid figure. Anatomical dissolve of the humanoid figure is used to demonstrate the responses of the underlying anatomical structures during the accident episode. Graphics are superimposed to highlight features such as centre of mass and the relationship between skeletal landmarks and other physical elements.
The report, based on detailed anatomical and biomechanical principles, uses empirical data derived from the laboratory reconstruction. The descriptive analysis is supported by detailed graphs, tables, sequential photographs and anatomical illustrations to provide concise explanation as to causation. It will be completed within six weeks of the client’s direction to proceed. Less complex analyses may be completed within a shorter time frame.