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Blunt Force Trauma – What the Skin Can Tell Us

Tara M Godoy, BSN RN CFN LNC


This seminar presentation reviews several aspects of blunt force trauma, appropriate for both civil and criminal attorneys and investigators. It is designed to teach participants about various injuries that result from Blunt Force Trauma. The use of case studies and emergency room stories gives the attendee insight into how these injuries occur and how to assess the mechanism. 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.


  1. Introduction
  2. Bruises/Contusions
    • Dating bruises
  3. Abrasions
  4. Lacerations
  5. Avulsions
  6. Multiple Injuries
  7. Patterned Injuries