What is injured? How did it happen? How severe is it? And what is the likelihood that the person’s condition will improve? Since every injury is unique, emergency medicine and trauma physicians are skilled at deciphering the extent and causality of numerous injuries that result from excessive force. In some cases, the mechanism of the injury is not always clear, and the emergency medicine physician relies on clinical experience to detect the manner in which the injury took place. Such police brutality appraisals contribute to disputes relating to injury or death, and contribute to claims of excessive force against law enforcement.
Peer Reviewed Police Brutality and Excessive Force Examinations
How much pain and physical discomfort the person is experiencing, or experienced prior to death, is assessed through an emergency medicine physician’s reliance on experience with the injury in question and medical expertise in the clinical manifestations of pain and discomfort, as well as therapeutic modalities for pain control.
The Forensic Panel’s peer-review affords necessary oversight to such pivotal excessive force determinations. The entire case may swing on the integrity of the process, and the guarantee that all possible explanations for injury and vectors of injury are taken into account. Peer-review of The Forensic Panel minimizes bias in often uncertain determinations of the severity of injury, the degree of suffering, and prognosis.