Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall accidents traditionally are assigned to a mechanical or a civil engineer. However, a biomechanical engineer brings an additional element to the case, since that individual can also evaluate if the claimed injuries are consistent with the how the accident occurred.
A biomechanical engineer is also a mechanical engineer and shares much of the same academic course work as that of a mechanical engineer. Moreover, a biomechanical engineer sits for the same P.E. exam as does a mechanical engineer. The critical difference is that a biomechanical engineer can address both the site conditions and determine the link between the injuries and the body motion necessary to attain those injuries.
As it relates to fall accidents, a biomechanical is a mechanical engineer with a specialty in body motion and injury evaluation. Like a mechanical engineer, a biomechanical engineer can:
- Measure the slip resistance of surfaces by doing friction testing.
- Ensure that stairs and walkways are built and maintained in compliance with the applicable building codes.
- Investigate lighting, measure illumination levels and determine lighting gradients
But, a biomechanical engineer is also a biomechanical engineer. They study the effects of forces on the human body. So, a biomechanical engineer can also investigate and opine on:
- Was it a trip, slip or misstep? Trips are distinctly different events than slips and can result in distinctly different injury patterns and motions. A biomechanical engineer is uniquely qualified to opine on these matters. Determining if somebody, tripped on a crack in the side walk, slipped on a puddle of liquid or miss stepped in their footwear can be important in determining the cause and responsibility for an incident.
- Could the event have occurred as described? A biomechanical engineer can investigate a slip/trip and fall event and opine on whether a particular event could actually have taken place in the manner alleged. For instance, if somebody tripped at a particular point, is it likely or even physically possible for them to have struck their head at a different point?
- Does the Injury mechanism exist: A biomechanical engineer studies how outside forces affect the human body. There are different types of injury patterns, all telling different stories. An injured shoulder from a weekend football game might look distinctly different than an injured shoulder from a slip and fall in a parking lot.
CED Technologies has biomechanical engineers who have investigated slip & falls and trip & fall all over the country. If you have a case or claim involving a slip/trip and fall, call us at 1-800-780-4221 or contact us here.
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