Services

Biomechanical Services

Determining how, when, where, and why injuries were caused.

We specialize in biomechanics related to motor vehicle accidents. Determinations are made by analyzing occupant kinematics, injury causation, restraint system use and more. We provide biomechanics analysis, consultation, and expert witness services to our clients.

Medical
File Review

Occupant
Kinematics

Impact
Analysis

Biomechanical Modeling and Testing

Injury
Causation

Medicolegal Trial Displays

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MEDICAL FILE REVIEW
The sheer size of a medical file can be overwhelming. Determining what materials are relevant to injury causation can make a difference in litigation. We have years of experience reviewing medical files including records related to trauma, chronic conditions, pre-existing, and/or degenerative diagnoses. We will thoroughly and accurately review all available medical records and provide a succinct summary of the relevant materials such as timeline of diagnoses, patient demographics and anthropomorphics, as well as the extent and likely mechanisms of all diagnosed pathology.

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MEDICAL FILE REVIEW
We can also communicate complex medical diagnoses and affected anatomy to any audience as needed.

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OCCUPANT KINEMATICS
Occupant kinematics involves analyzing, modeling, and/or describing how an occupant moves during an accident. This helps us to determine forces applied to parts of the body, and in turn the potential for injury. A person’s recollection may differ from the actual physics of the event.

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OCCUPANT KINEMATICS
By applying fundamental laws of motion (such as Newton’s laws), we can completely and accurately describe occupant motions throughout the accident sequence, from low-speed, in-line collisions to rollovers and high-speed, multiple impacts.

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IMPACT ANALYSIS
Human tissue is viscoelastic, which means it is sensitive to the speed with which loading is applied. Understanding impacts (or rapid loading events) is critical to determining the potential for injuries. Impact analysis involves the study of rapid loading events, including rapid changes in speed and/or changes in loading magnitude or direction.

Impact Analysis - Car Meets Cyclist

IMPACT ANALYSIS
Dr. Pfeiffer has extensive training and experience in the field of impact analysis. He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles which define the effect of rapid loading (≥100mm/s) on human tissues. Impacts can be induced by multiple sources including but not limited to contact between rigid objects. Dr. Pfeffer can examine the evidence to identify possible contact loading events.

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BIOMECHANICAL MODELING AND TESTING
Some accidents are complex enough that they require biomechanical modeling and or testing of the specific loading conditions involved to understand and define the potential for injuries. We have years of training and experience with sophisticated biomechanical modeling and simulation, including but not limited to finite element analysis (FEA), tissue remodeling, and impact analysis.

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BIOMECHANICAL MODELING AND TESTING
Dr. Pfeiffer has published findings of biomechanical models and simulation in multiple peer-reviewed articles. We specialize in producing thorough and highly accurate, validated, patient-specific biomechanical models which are directly applicable to your situation.

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BIOMECHANICAL MODELING AND TESTING
Dr. Pfeiffer has extensive experience with biomechanical testing of human tissue to determine thresholds of various human tissues under different loading conditions.

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INJURY CAUSATION
Determining the potential for injury causation from an accident requires a special skillset.

Injury Causation - Airbag Deployed

INJURY CAUSATION
We do not approach any matter with a predetermined outcome in mind. Rather, we gather all available evidence and perform a detailed, scientific, hypothesis-driven analysis of the situation to accurately determine the factual basis for alleged injuries. In addition, we will consider all reasonable alternative scenarios. Only after this in-depth analysis do we reach a conclusion, which will be based on validated methods of scientific discovery.

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MEDICOLEGAL DISPLAYS
We can generate easy-to-understand demonstratives using medical imaging, as well as artistic representations of normal and/or pathologic anatomy relevant to your case.

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MEDICOLEGAL DISPLAYS
We have generated patient-specific 3D models of anatomy for more than 10 years.

Andres Morejon

Andres recently graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is an FAA-certified drone pilot and the newest member of our hardworking investigative team.

Porscha Adderley

Porscha is a first point of contact for our clients and an experienced customer service professional. She assists with project intake and document management. She is from South Florida and has an Associate’s degree in Business.

Michael Webb

Mike is a licensed Engineer Intern who graduated from Florida Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He is an FAA-certified drone pilot who is skilled in evidence preservation. He is certified in crash data retrieval and BERLA vehicle system forensics.

Ron Baker

Ron is from Texas and has more than 20 yrs experience in graphic design across many fields. His services include 3D modeling, animations, video graphics, litigation graphics, and marketing materials. Ron’s education is in commercial art, advertising design, 3d graphics and animation.

Martin Garcia

Brian supports our engineering team by providing technical drawings, vehicle research, and visual aids. He has more than 20 years of experience using AutoCAD and Unigraphics for mechanical modeling and drafting in the aerospace industry. Brian is originally from Jacksonville, FL and earned an Associate’s degree in Drafting and Design Technology from Palm Beach Community College.

Martin Garcia

Mario provides technical drawings, vehicle research, and visual aids. He is skilled in photogrammetry, photomodeling, 3D scanning, and event data retrieval. Mario is from Florida and has a background in civil/architectural design. He has a Bachelor’s degree of Architecture from Florida International University.

Martin Garcia

Chad joined KEARS in 2016 as its visual designer. He is proficient in photogrammetry, 3D modeling, 3D renderings, and animations. He is certified by LEVA as a Forensic Video Technician. He is also trained in evidence preservation including 3D scanning, crash data retrieval, and heavy vehicle event data recorders. Chad has an Associate’s degree in Architectural and Engineering Design.

Martin Garcia

Miguel is a certified diesel technician and part of our investigative team. He has experience performing DOT-level inspections on medium and heavy commercial trucks. He is from the Tampa Bay area, where he earned an Associate’s degree in Engineering from Hillsborough Community College.

Martin Garcia

Paige supports our business operations in accounting, staff development, and file management. She is originally from Alabama and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Auburn University.

Martin Garcia

Angel oversees billing and accounting functions for our firm. She previously worked as a consultant to small businesses and has a diverse financial background with experience in accounting, banking, and investments. Angel earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance at University of Central Florida and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Walden University. She is originally from Geneva, Ohio.

Martin Garcia

Ashley is a co-founder of KEARS who oversees business operations including staff recruitment and development, vendor relationships, and marketing. She grew up in Virginia and graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology.

Martin Garcia

Lori administers our client communication, project scheduling, and file management. She moved to Florida from Boston after a successful career in telecommunications. Lori has extensive professional experience in operations support, human resources, and executive support.

Martin Garcia

Sylvia manages our client communication, project scheduling, and file materials. She also assists in staff recruiting. Before joining Kinetic, she worked as a paralegal in New Jersey. She is a notary public with a B.S. in Management.

Martin Garcia

Karin is our first point of contact and an experienced document management professional. She greets our clients, processes file documents from inception to closure, and ensures that our office supplies are always stocked. She is a notary public with a Bachelor in Business Administration in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. She has lived in South Florida for many years.

Michael Villa

Mike is a Professional Engineer with experience in in forensic engineering, manufacturing, and engineering design. He investigates automotive mechanical failures, airbag deployment, tire failures, and collisions. Mike is originally from Brooklyn and is a licensed P.E. in Florida, New York, and New Jersey. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Martin Garcia

Alex is a licensed Professional Engineer, drone pilot, and certified Traffic Accident Reconstructionist. He has investigated and helped to reconstruct hundreds of motor vehicle accidents throughout our state. He grew up on the west coast of Florida and earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida.

Michael Swindon

Mike graduated from Florida Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He has training as a CDR tool technician and in BERLA vehicle system forensics. Mike is part of our investigative team and is an FAA-certified drone pilot.

Ferris M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D.

Ferris earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri and served as Professor and Head of Biomechanics and Bioengineering in the Department of Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering at MU. He has testified at deposition and in court and published peer-reviewed articles in the area of biomechanics. His areas of specialty include biomechanical injury tolerance and causation, as well as orthopedic device failures.