Premises Liability Injury Biomechanics

Understanding the mechanisms of injury and the dynamics of a fall is key to determining how injuries may have occurred. Our experts can determine if a fall was initiated by the person slipping on a wet floor, tripping on a raised edge of a surface, or an ankle that gave way. In addition, our investigators can determine if the diagnosed injuries are consistent with the injured person’s account of the event.

Occupations that require the frequent lifting of heavy items is one of the leading causes of injuries in the workplace.  As a result of heavy lifting, workers can suffer injuries related to the back, spine, shoulder, wrist, elbow, and other areas.  With a proper analysis, our Biomechanists can evaluate acute injuries that can be caused by the result of improper lifting techniques, lifting heavy loads, as well as lifting injuries that may be been sustained by years of repetitive micro-trauma.  

Rimkus consultants can help determine how exposure to hot objects or liquids can result in burns in a variety of conditions by examining the dynamics of heat transfer and skin sensitivity to burns.  Our experts have investigated many cases involving candle wax, hot beverages and related elements in order to determine if the burns were consistent with the conditions that reportedly led to the injury.

Approximately 10% of all traumatic brain injury deaths are due to assaults.  Rimkus experts apply the principles of biomechanics and physics in order to better understand the injuries related to assault claims in the workplace.  Our experts can determine if the injuries diagnosed are consistent with an accidental event or an assault and the mechanics of causing a particular injury. 

Regional Practice Leaders

Ming Xiao

Ph.D., P.E., ACTAR

Principal Consultant