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(Private) Bodily Injury Free Webinar for Virginia Indigent Defense

Almost every state has a penal code that relates to the seriousness of the injuries sustained by a victim of a crime. Most states define it as Serious Bodily Injury; some have a lesser called Substantial Bodily Injury. California calls it Great Bodily Injury and it is a felony strike that adds prison time to the sentence. This presentation will review different types of bodily injury and provides insight on how best to litigate them to achieve the desired outcome.

Cases reviewed cover nasal fractures, wrist fractures, head injuries and more. We will talk about expected signs and symptoms, mechanism disputes and disfigurement.


Apr 15 2021


11:30 am - 1:00 pm


  • Tara Godoy
    Tara Godoy

    Tara Godoy is a Certified Forensic Nurse and has been working with Criminal and Civil Attorneys for over 10 years. She has a BS in Nursing from the University of Southern California and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through consulting and testimony she has assisted both the prosecution and the defense in obtaining an honest and fair resolution in hundreds of criminal cases. Along with her nursing staff and physician contractors, Godoy Medical Forensics has consulted on over 1500 cases nationwide and has worked at both the federal and state levels. Tara has been asked to present for national organizations such as the NACDL and the NDIA at their Forensics conferences in Las Vegas. Tara’s main areas of expertise are Strangulation and Blunt Force Trauma, but testimony is also offered on other cases where traumatic injuries occur or medical record analysis is needed.