How to Shoot Admissible Day-in-the-life Videos
Jun 19 2013 | posted by LORR Team
Day-in-the-life videos can help your case immensely, demonstrating exactly just how injured or disabled your client is and how that injury affects their life on a daily basis. These videos could include everything from your client’s morning routine and drive to work to them eating dinner, putting their kids to bed, and more. When done right, day-in-the-life videos can be a powerful and persuasive piece of evidence that sways the judge or jury in your favor.
Unfortunately, day-in-the-life videos have to adhere to very specific requirements in order to be admissible in court. If you want to ensure your video helps your client’s case, your video should:
• Pass the test of relevance – The video must pertain to the case in question and offer evidence that helps facilitate a decision in the case.
• Be authentic – While editing is allowed, reenactments and retakes should not be a part of your day-in-the-life videos. They should be as authentic and accurate of your client’s real life as possible. In some cases, the videographer may be required to stand as a witness, testifying that the video is true to form.
• Not contain prejudice – Through editing or videography, no parts of the video should be emphasized, exaggerated, or presented in a way that places its importance above others. According to the law, its “probative” value needs to outweigh its “prejudicial” value, meaning it can’t attempt to overly dramatize an injury or disability in order to influence a jury or judge.
Could day-in-the-life videos help your client’s case? Don’t spend your valuable time worrying about it yourself. Leave it to the professionals at LORR. We’ll help create a video that accurately depicts your client’s injuries or disabilities, is fully admissible in court, and helps you and your client win the case. Call us today at 800-736-9105 to get started.