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Medical Illustrator Profile: Jennifer Graeber McCormick

Medical Illustrator Profile: Jennifer Graeber McCormick

Company Name: Art for Law & Medicine, Inc.

Specialty Areas:
-Depiction of brain injuries related to head trauma
-Visualizing neurological injuries related to orthopedic trauma
-Getting the most from autopsy photos

Career Highlight:
Any case involving children gives me a sense of purpose, but one stands out in my mind because it was also a great collaborative effort with a talented legal team and a top notch medical expert. I worked with Miami attorney Art Garcia to tell the story of 18 college students involved in a rollover accident. Every member of the woman’s soccer team was seriously injured and one was killed on a road trip to game in Georgia. The dilemma in this class action suit was: How do we summarize so many serious individual injuries without overwhelming a jury?

We found the solution by imagining the event as a movie. We pulled together all the elements of the story: their individual plans after graduation, photos, news footage, CTs, and actual interviews with some of the survivors. The attorney refined his narrative as we went along.

The final presentation interwove the attorney’s voice-over narration with video testimony from neurologist, Dr. Nicholas Suite. I added hard hitting visuals to simplify the technical talk and reveal what was going on the brains of those women with slurred speech or trouble finding words. The overall effect was an engaging medical documentary. Then, at mediation the attorney didn’t need to say another word. They settled for an undisclosed amount just 3 hours after we rolled the DVD.

Practice tip for paralegals working with me:
The more information you give me, the more powerful the exhibit can become. So, submit the entire stack of medical records – I often find medical details that help build the case.

Favorite Internet Resource: http://emedicine.medscape.com/

Fun Fact:
I often reuse x-rays from actual medical malpractice or personal injury cases in my own fine art. Changing tragic stories into little works of beauty is good therapy.

This fine art piece is called “Blue Heron”; he’s catching a fish. The x-ray in the back was from a med mal case in which the doc failed to find a clot. In the picture, you can see an x-ray turned on its side. The once obstructed artery has become a log in swampy scene.
Do you Twitter? No. I’m trying to give up coffee and Facebook too. Twitter would be another addiction I don’t need.

Favorite Quote: “All I can” – Albrecht Dürer

Professional Links:

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Jen is an outstanding medical illustrator; our firm has worked with her on a number of cases. She will be speaking at the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Fall Conference about the role of a medical illustrator in civil injury cases. She plans to address key issues for paralegals working with medical illustrators, including how a medical illustrator can help your firm create highly effective demonstrative exhibits. If you have questions for Jen or issues that you think she should discuss, please post them in the comments. Jen appreciates your input, and answers to any questions will also be addressed in a future Practical Paralegalism post.

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Contact Info:

Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

Owner & Virtual Paralegal, DeVenny Paralegal Services

Email: lynne.devenny[at]gmail.com

Telephone: 336-582-0003

Inquiries are welcome, with free quotes available.

Meet Lynne:

Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

Disclosure: I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal representation or legal advice.

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