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(Private) Blunt Force Trauma for FPD Retreat

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.


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


  • Definition
  • Mechanism


  • Definition
  • Mechanism
  • Differentiate from Cut/Incision


  • Definition
  • Mechanism
  • Types

Multiple Injuries

  • One mechanism can cause multiple injury types

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.

“Very informative and well organized. Medical information was explained in a common sense way—easy to understand/follow. I also appreciated the list of other areas and topics covered by Godoy Medical Forensics. I am glad I attended.”
– Elizabeth

“I thought that the webinar was great. The information presented was applicable to my practice. The webinar flowed smoothly – I enjoyed the comical breaks and videos. It allows the attendees to rest their minds momentarily, and thus remain focused throughout the course of the webinar.”
– Denis

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Jan 21 2022


11:00am - 12:30pm PST
11:00 am - 12:30 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.