Chapter 9, “The History of the Association” in my book Injury Illustrated: How Medical Images Win Legal Cases walks the reader down the two paths of medical art and the law, ultimately revealing how they became fast lanes on the same highway. Understanding the history of the med-legal industry enlightens all to its purpose and continued success. This talk will educate students and inspire professional illustrators who have shied away from our legal niche. I will review our past in appreciation of the AMI members and injury attorneys who created the case work of today. I will let you into my chapter research and fascinating finds including the attorney/doctor relationship. Did you know law schools used to teach basic anatomy? Do you know why law schools no longer promote injury law? I will remind us how many medical-legal illustrators (400) are providing visual aids to injury attorneys (94,500 in North America). The medical-legal community is thriving, it has proven to be recession proof and now pandemic proof. I hope to encourage passionate medical illustrators to look at litigation for lucrative and exciting professional work.


Annie Gough

Annie Gough [ goff ]  has 20 years experience in the medical-legal illustration industry. Annie started her career as an autopsy technician for the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center. After receiving her MS in Medical Illustration from the Georgia program, and took her first position in The Offices of Frank L. Branson in Dallas. She was wooed to Colorado by High Impact Litigation in 2005, and opened her own business in 2007 specializing in medical illustrations, jury presentations, exhibit consultation, and medical expert collaboration. Annie is the author of Injury Illustrated: How Medical Images Win Legal Cases.