We are experts in the human side. We believe the human element of pain, suffering and disability is much more important than the cost of a vehicle.
We therefore help you and your client document and validate their injuries and injury mechanisms.
Accident investigation begins with accumulating all available evidence. This includes scene photographs of the vehicles and the crash site. Mapping of the scene will sometimes need to be done and this can be accomplished with Google maps or an actual scene visit. A police report is important to obtain. This gives the officer’s narrative about how the crash occurred, witness statements, the road composition, speed limits, lighting, weather and time of day of the crash and witness statements.
Physical inspection of the vehicles can be accomplished, if they are still available. Even if repaired pertinent information can be gleaned from the vehicle. Some repair shops will do the minimum in order to get more business from insurers. Therefore it’s important to inspect the vehicle and compare the damage to the estimates/repair bill.
Specific evidence of a crash is captured in the vehicles Event Data Recorder. This evidence can be accessed by using our Crash Data Retrieval system. This system often helps clear up, who hit whom first, how fast were the cars going at impact, what is the change in velocity of the vehicles, were the occupants restrained, were they braking and so much more.
Vehicle Data & Crash Data Retrieval
Physical examination of vehicle(s) involved
Retrieve data from onboard CDR/EDR
Use retrieved data from vehicle to reconstruct the occupant behavior and vehicle reaction to collision
Collect vehicle data/specs to compare measurements before/after and calculate kinetic energy, speed, etc. related to collision
Validate information about the vehicles involved, road conditions, determination of at-fault, speed limit, officer narrative, witness statements.
Vehicle Repair Estimates & Costs
Useful in determining the extent of damage to vehicle upon detailed examination
Biomechanics is the study of forces applied to biological tissues. We have a deep understanding of the occupant kinematics and the forces applied by the motor vehicle collision. Our expertise in this area explains what happens in a motor vehicle collision and helps explain the particular injured tissues.
Occupant Kinematics - how the body of the occupants move in relationship to Principle Direction of Force of the impacting vehicle, tells how and why certain structures of the body get injured during a crash.
All of the following have important effects on the occupant:
Seat Belt usage
Vehicle crash configuration/crash worthiness of the vehicle.
Chiropractic Medicine education, on average, has more hours of training in anatomy, orthopedics, neurology, imaging studies and biomechanics than does the average medical degree program. In a traumatic vehicle collision these skills are crucial for understanding the mechanism of injury, diagnosis and therefore appropriate treatment and the final prognosis of the patient. After reviewing current medical records and comparing them with past medical records allows us to make a causal relationship of the patient injuries, a medical diagnosis, and if necessary apportion the crash injuries.
Review records of past patient treatment and correlating the traumatic event to the patient’s physical injuries.
After reviewing past medical records and evaluating the post-collision injuries, we can use our understanding of the collision mechanism to identify the injuries related to the motor vehicle collision.
As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Eldridge's scope of practice allows him to diagnose any musculoskeletal injury, mild traumatic brain injuries, order imaging studies such as MRI, CT, PET scans, etc. The scope of practice of a chiropractic physician also allows him to recommend consultation for surgery or advanced procedures, such as facet injections and ablations.
Independent Medical Examination (IME)
Crash Forensics, LLC will do IME’s and records review to validate treatment programs, assess current patient status, recommend future need for care and identify permanent impairments.
I have no doubt that Dr. Eldridge’s reports added value to the cases I used him in. One case Dr. Eldridge helped me with involved a rear-end collision with less than $700.00 in property damage. My client was an out-of-position driver that injured his right shoulder. Dr. Eldridge was able to explain the forces the shoulder experienced that caused the injury. Before Dr. Eldridge’s report, the insurance company’s top offer was $10,000. After Dr. Eldridge’s report, the insurance company offered more than 7 times that amount at mediation! Because of Dr. Eldridge’s report, I was able to get the money my client deserved for the injuries he sustained. I recommend Dr. Eldridge to anyone that has a difficult insurance company on the other side that claims no mechanism of injury exists because the property damage is so minimal.