2022 AMI Online Salon

Lumbar spine fusion surgery – John Doe

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Stephen Mader
  • Client: Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Copyright: Artery Studios, Inc., 2022
  • Medium/software used: Graphite/Photoshop/InDesign
  • Final presentation format: Jpeg/poster/prints
  • Primary Audience: Litigation participants – judge, jurors, lawyers, medical experts

Project Description

Panel created for use in a plaintiff personal-injury insurance claim. On the worksite, the plaintiff was strenuously pulling on a piece of rebar to bend it and force it in place while in a crouched position. He slipped on debris at the site, lost his footing, and immediately felt low back pain. From imaging, his injury was diagnosed as a L5-S1 disc herniation. This panel served as key demonstrative evidence to show the key steps in surgery that was required to address this trauma, entailing an L5/S1 anterior lumbar discectomy and fusion, with placement of intravertebral device/instrumentation along with bone grafting harvested from the left iliac crest.This exhibit was integrated into a workers’ compensation claim by the plaintiff, for a work-related injury. Demonstrative evidence of this nature serves to educate the judge and jury, so they are fully informed of the nature of the trauma, surgery and complications issues (other panels addressed more issues). In this manner, a fair and appropriate insurance resolution is achieved.