This presentation is designed to teach attorneys and investigators about various injuries that result from Blunt Force Trauma. Bruises/Contusions, Abrasions, Lacerations and Avulsions are all discussed with definitions, examples and information on each wound. Dating of bruises is included as well is information on multiple injuries. Pressure ulcer prevention, assessment and staging are discussed. The purpose of the presentation is to assist attorneys and investigators in understanding the causative factors behind injuries from Blunt Force Trauma and provide them with in-depth knowledge regarding the potential indications of such injuries.

Highlights / Agenda


  • Definition
  • Mechanism
  • Differentiate from Ecchymosis
  • Literature/Dating of Bruises
  • Case Study


  • Definition
  • Mechanism
  • Types


  • Definition
  • Mechanism

Multiple Injuries

  • One mechanism can cause multiple injury types


  • Definition
  • Mechanism
  • Differentiate from Cut/Incision

Other Injuries – Patterned Injuries

  • Definition
  • Examples
  • Mechanism


Upon Completion of this course, the attendee will:

  1. Be familiar with the accuracy of dating of bruises and the literature related to it.
  2. Be familiar with the types of soft tissue injuries commonly seen in Blunt Force Trauma
  3. Be able to recognize patterned injuries related to bruises, abrasions and lacerations

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– Elizabeth

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