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Pedestrian Severely Injured When Struck by Bicyclist in Very Busy Area of Manhattan
3D Animations Emphasized Seriousness of Collision and Damages

Attorney Matthew Haicken, of Haicken Law, PLLC, secured a $325,000 settlement for a case involving a woman hit by a bicyclist in one of the busiest areas of Manhattan. There were many issues with liability for this case because the Plaintiff admitted to jaywalking and had allegedly darted out from between two vehicles.

Mr. Haicken enlisted the team of animation experts at DK Global to recreate the collision between his client and the bike rider and to emphasize the bicyclist's negligence and the resulting violent injuries the Plaintiff suffered. Among the challenges of this case was the brain injury which was hotly contested as the plaintiff returned to work only three weeks after the accident.

It was imperative to draw the viewers’ attention away from any buildings or lane markers and not call attention to any culpability of the Plaintiff during the recreation of the incident. The animation begins with the woman looking left to right before proceeding forward. She is then forcibly struck by the bicyclist and thrown onto the ground, the right side of her head hitting the pavement. The video is then replayed as the camera follows the Plaintiff’s movements, and we see her being hit once again. We see one more replay of the animation, and then the camera zooms into the woman’s face so that we can clearly understand her injuries.

The Plaintiff suffered lacerations and bruising to the right side of her face and head, fractures to her facial bones and clavicle, cervical disc protrusions, and a brain injury. The video of her coup-contrecoup lets the viewer focus on how her brain moved violently inside her skull when her head hit the ground, and understand the resulting brain damage. The presentation concludes by showing the impact from different angles and in slow-motion to demonstrate the brutal nature of injury experienced by the Plaintiff.

 

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"A case may not always be extremely clear in terms of which party is at fault, but our animations allow attorneys to tell the complete story of what happened to their client and to show which side is truly negligent."

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