What is biomechanics and biomechanical engineering?

By combining the disciplines of biology, physiology, anatomy and mechanics, biomechanics is used to explain how people move and how bone and tissue react to certain mechanical forces. Injury biomechanics specifically focuses on understanding the relationship between those mechanical forces and the cause of an injury.

How does it apply to forensic investigation and analysis?

In the same way skid marks and damaged vehicles tell a story about a traffic incident, so do injuries. Whether the injuries are superficial or involve fractures, it takes a certain type of event to cause a certain type of injury. Biomechanical engineers have the knowledge and understanding about the mechanical forces that result in an injury, which allow them to determine if an event is responsible.

What experience does Explico have in this area?

The senior level biomechanical engineers at Explico have over 30 years of combined experience evaluating a variety of injurious scenarios and regularly testify nationally in both state and federal courts.

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