When a group of Kentucky cardiologists conspired to perform hundreds of unnecessary heart surgeries on patients for the purpose of boosting profits, attorney Hans Poppe of the Poppe Law Firm needed to prove that it was fueled by a ring of corruption that incentivized malpractice on a massive scale.
Representing more than 170 people who underwent similar surgeries, Poppe asked High Impact to build him an arsenal of exhibits that could be easily modified for each case. His most recent case, working with Tom Rhodes of the Tom Rhodes Law Firm, concluded with a $21.3M jury verdict for a patient who was implanted with an unnecessary pacemaker.
We equipped Poppe with an arsenal of medical animations, information graphics, Color Diagnostics, and digital interactive exhibits. We also built a custom 3D interactive heart on a touchscreen that was so realistic, two defendant cardiologists were awed into admitting that the exhibit was “fair and accurate” in front of the judge - as their attorneys were in the process of objecting against its admissibility.
Show how doctors deliberately misinterpreted cardiac evaluations and purposely misdiagnosed patients.
Demonstrate the level of dangerous invasiveness involved in these procedures the patients did not need.
Simplify a complex web of financial relationships that incentivized these dangerous, invasive, and unnecessary surgeries on a massive scale.
Build these exhibits in a way that could be applied and easily modified for more than 170 cases.
The first animation demonstrates a cardiac catheterization: a procedure doctors used to diagnose their patients’ heart conditions. Showing jurors this complicated process allowed them to see how doctors evaluated their patients and helped them recognize the radiographic films that were acquired from these evaluations. In this particular case, the animation helped reinforce the colorized angiogram (below) that showed absolutely no evidence that a patient needed a stent procedure.
Once Poppe had established the level of egregiousness with which cardiac evaluations were misinterpreted, the next three animations show some of the dangerous procedures that were so unnecessary, they actually damaged some of the patients’ cardiovascular systems for life.
Next came the most complicated aspect of Poppe’s case: walking jurors through the incredibly complex web of financial relationships that ultimately incentivized medical malpractice. To give you a sense of how complex this network of corruption was to explain, below is what we started with.
The final exhibit gave Poppe complete control over a 3D interactive human heart in photorealistic detail.
On a giant touchscreen, Poppe could move the heart in all directions, toggle anatomical labels on and off, animate the flow of blood through the arteries and veins, and literally open the heart up to show its internal anatomy. The exhibit could be used for any of Poppe’s heart cases, but one feature was built specifically for showing malpractice with stent procedures. It allowed Poppe to change the stenosis in blood vessels, and show a side-by-side comparison of blood vessels at different stenosis percentages. It was so accurate, it awed the cardiologists on the defense into accidentally admitting it into evidence themselves.
“When we rolled the giant touchscreen with the 3D interactive heart into the courtroom, the defense lawyers immediately began objecting. As we argued the issue before the judge, two of the defendant cardiologists became mesmerized with the exhibit. So I walked the defendant cardiologists through the presentation and let them play with it, and then casually asked if they considered it a 'fair and accurate' representation. In front of the judge they both admitted it was, and accidentally sabotaged their lawyer’s own objections.”
High Impact’s team of visual strategists, artists, and developers can build and customize your digital presentation for any case involving personal injury, medical malpractice, birth trauma - or any subject involving complex information.