Zimmerman Medical Report Released

ABC News reported last night that George Zimmerman sought medical treatment at a family clinic the day after he shot Trayvon Martin.

According to the medical report, which was part of the court file made public yesterday, he requested the appointment to obtain a medical clearance to return to work. However, according to Wikipedia, he was employed as an insurance underwriter at the time of the shooting and attending his final semester at Seminole State College in their Criminal Justice program.

The diagnosis: a closed fracture of the nose, two black eyes and two cuts to the back of his head.

[Note: a closed fracture means that the fracture did not penetrate through the skin and black eyes are a common symptom of a fractured nose]

The Christian Science Monitor reports today:

As the Christian Science Monitor reported Tuesday, prosecutors in the Trayvon Martin shooting began to sketch an outline of their case against George Zimmerman on Monday, citing new video evidence, a long list of witnesses and experts, and hints of a trail of facts, forensic details, and witness observations that they hope will lead a jury to a second-degree murder conviction.

But after weeks of national introspection into what really happened between Mr. Martin, an unarmed black teen, the guts of the hefty Zimmerman file remain secret. The prosecution, for its part, wants to keep it that way, having asked Judge Kenneth Lester to waive Florida court transparency laws in order to keep some witness names secret.

ABC News with Diane Sawyer broke the story last night.

Portions of the medical report are visible in the background and highlighted in yellow.

Apparently, no photograph was taken of the injuries noted in the medical report, no Xray was taken of his head and the cuts on the back of his head did not require stitching. The only recommended after-care, according to ABC, was a recommendation to obtain counseling.

Since the report mentioned that Zimmerman was taking Adderall and Temazepam, he probably was seeing a psychiatrist for ADHD and, if he followed-up with that aftercare recommendation, he likely would have done so by informing his psychiatrist regarding the event.

There was no reference to a psychiatric report.

I also did not see any indication that the doctor at the family clinic prescribed any pain medication.

I am still waiting to see the autopsy report and the forensic report on the examination of Zimmerman’s gun and his clothing. According to Wikipedia, the police kept his gun. However, his clothing might have been returned to him.

Evidently, the prosecution does not want the autopsy and forensic reports released at this time. We will have to wait and see whether the judge orders them released.

11 Responses to Zimmerman Medical Report Released

  1. Mirre says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the medical report was not part of the official document dump. It is more likely the report was leaked by the defense to coincide with the official dump.

    This is what I could read on the report as shown on the ABC video.

    Encounter date 2/27
    Encounter close date 3/9
    ABC calls it a compiled report, that and the 2 dates may indicate that notes from more than 1 visit are included in the report.

    This is what the docter wrote about the broken nose:
    Discussed that it is likely broken, but does not appear to have septal deviation. The swelling and black eyes are typical of this injury. I’ve recommended that he be evaluated by ENT, but he refused.

    This is how O’Mara introduced the report during the bond hearing.
    Ianal but I thought he went out of his way to introduce this report without directly stating that on 2/27 Zimmerman was diagnosed with having a broken nose.

    O’MARA: Ok. Have you ever had your nose broken? 

    GILBREATH: No. 

    O’MARA: Have you ever had your nose fractured or broken. 

    GILBREATH: No.

    O’MARA: You know that that was an injury that Mr. Zimmerman sustained, correct? 

    GILBREATH: I know that that is an injury that is reported to have sustained. I haven’t seen any medical records to indicate that. 

    O’MARA: Have you asked him for them? 

    GILBREATH: Have I asked him for them? No. 

    O’MARA: Do you want a copy of them? 

    GILBREATH: Sure. 

    O’MARA: I’ll give them to the state. It’s a more appropriate way to do it. If you haven’t had them yet, I don’t want to cross you on them.

    • That was a clever move by O’Mara to bring up the possibly broken nose. He seems to be a very good lawyer.

      One of the commenters at Firedoglake, where I also posted this article, mentioned that the injury might possibly have been caused by Martin head-butting Zimmerman after Zimmerman had attacked him and that might have enraged Zimmerman.

      I suspect the injuries to the back of Zimmerman’s head, although minor, may have been caused by Martin hitting him with the cell phone.

  2. Kier Salmon says:

    I find the reported medical findings very odd. If there is evidence that the patient received a blow to the head sufficiently powerful to tip him over backward and strike his head on a hard surface with sufficient force to cause wounds to the scalp (this means that the hair wasn’t enough to protect the scalp), then any reasonable doctor would have looked for signs of subdural hematoma. While a careful examination of eyes and reflexes can give a “reasonable” diagnosis of no hematoma, most physicians these days aren’t willing to risk the lawsuit and have their patients scanned, MRI, CAT or a simple X-ray.
    Referring him to “counseling” for a head wound is simply a non-sequitur… when does a head-trauma need a psych eval? My suspicion is that the doctor remanded him to the psych because he’d killed a man. We expect people to have a serious psychological reaction to such an act; one of horror and grief. But this isn’t, apparently mentioned in the consult.
    In addition to this, I find that it odd that the EMT at the scene didn’t looked at the fore and aft head-wounds and send him right on to the ER. Or maybe he did and Zimmerman refused to go? But then, why? And why turn up the next day?
    The information that Zimmerman was taking psycho-active drugs at the time of the incident does not make me happy. People can react in many different ways to such drugs, and if they are taking them in an uneven pattern, it can cause both perceptual and behavioral fluctuations.
    I suppose that we won’t know all the little answers… ever.

    • Excellent comment. I also wondered the same things.

      I think the answer is that he was not seriously wounded and declined an offer to take him to the hospital.

      • Kier Salmon says:

        That’s a pity. That means that he has no documentation that he went home and slammed his face into a door and then threw himself over backward.
        Of course, in the middle of all the yelling and horror, I suspect one isn’t thinking very hard of consequences to actions… after the action, so to speak.

  3. To get more specific about the distance, the forensic firearms expert needs Zimmerman’s gun, a bullet from the same batch the fatal shot came from (which he will probably get from the clip), close-up photographs of the wound before it was cleaned for the autopsy, and Trayvon’s clothes.

    The expert will experiment by firing the gun from different distances into similar clothing and a dummy to match as closely as possible the rings around the wound and on the clothes.

  4. Incidentally, we still haven’t see the EMT’s report, you know, the guy who treated Zimmerman at the scene of the shooting. I believe that report will be more credible than the family physician’s report the next day.

  5. Fox News, that bastion of penetrating insightful journalism, reports

    WFTV.com reports that a medical examiner found two injuries on Martin’s body: the fatal gunshot wound to the chest and broken skin on his knuckles. The autopsy results surface as court records indicate that Zimmerman had a pair of black eyes, a fractured nose and two cuts to the back of his head after the fatal shooting on Feb. 26.

    Unfortunately, they do not say anything about the gunshot wound. That is, they do not say whether there were any lacerations around the edge of the wound or stippling. This is necessary information to determine if it was a contact wound, fired from close range, or fired from a distance.

    Would also be useful to know if he had any gunshot residue on his hands. That is, whether there was a struggle to get control of the gun?

    Also would be useful to know the angle and direction of the fatal shot in order to estimate where the gun was when Zimmerman pulled the trigger.

    I would also like to know whether Zimmerman was using hollow point ammo.

    None of these questions have been answered yet.

  6. The legal test is not whether a person believes that the use of deadly force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm. The test is whether a person REASONABLY believes that the use of deadly force is NECESSARY to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

    The test is objective, not subjective. That is, whether a reasonable person would have believed that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm.

    The word “necessary” imposes another requirement. That is, there was no other alternative.

  7. I am not convinced that the injuries that Zimmerman sustained were sufficiently serious to justify the use of deadly force in self defense.

    I also am not convinced that Martin initiated the use of force or that his use of force exceeded the amount of force that he would have been legally justified in using to defend himself against an assault by Zimmerman.

    For the sake of argument, even if Martin was the initial aggressor and even if the amount of force he used was excessive, I do not believe Zimmerman was justified in using deadly force to defend himself. His injuries are not serious and so, the proof is in the pudding, so to speak.

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