Demonstrative Evidence Problems in a Personal Injury Case

Paul N. Luvera Jr., Demonstrative Evidence Problems in a Personal Injury Case, 2 Gonz. L. Rev. 77 (1967)


In the majority of personal injury trials demonstrative evidence represents an essential part of the case.  Such evidence, when used effectively, is an invaluable aid to clarify the issues during the course of the trial.  Through the use of demonstrative evidence the judge and jury will gain a wider perspective of the important aspects of the case and will be able to understand, to a greater extent, the pain and suffering of a client, loss of income, shortened life expectancy and body injury.  While the experienced trial lawyer will have little difficulty with such evidence, the general practitioner may find the admission of evidence such as illustrations, photographs, X-rays, models, mortality tables, hospital records and the like, confusing and troublesome.  This article is intended to be a brief discussion
of the fundamental rules involved in the admission of such evidence and their importance in personal injury litigation.

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