When Day-In-The-Life Videos Can Help Your Case
Dec 16 2013 | posted by LORR Team
When convincing a judge and jury of a person’s innocence or guilt, nothing is more effective than visual evidence. Sharing visual evidence rather than explaining verbal evidence can have a much greater impact and influence on juror’ opinions, and day-in-the-life videos are a good way to communicate how much a victim’s life has been affected by an injury or accident.
Day-in-the-life videos can offer judges and jurors a thorough look at a plaintiff’s life outside the courtroom and can cover every step of their day, from getting ready for work in the morning to taking care of their home and family. In cases where serious injuries and accidents have occurred, these videos can be extremely helpful in demonstrating the extent of damage done, as they can give jurors an idea of how much the victim’s day-to-day life has changed since the incident, and how their quality of living has been negatively affected. Day-in-the-life videos can also help to evoke sympathy, illicit negative feelings toward the defendant, and assert the plaintiff’s innocence in the matter, all of which can help sway the case in a positive direction.
Day-in-the-Life Videos and Your Case
While day-in-the-life videos can be highly effective, not all case types lend themselves to these sorts of videos. Typically, day-in-the-life videos are best reserved for cases involving some sort of injury, accident, or physical damage. If you’re currently in the middle of a case, day-in-the-life videos may be able to help sway the judge or jury in your favor in the event of:
· Personal injury cases – If you were injured at the hands of another person, a day-in-the-life video can help demonstrate the severity of that injury. You can walk judges and jurors through your day-to-day routine, including getting ready, going to work, taking care of your family, cooking dinner, etc., and show them exactly how the injury has impacted your life. You’ll want to show how it’s affected your ability to perform daily activities, how it’s impacted your family, and how it has decreased your quality of life.
· Medical malpractice cases – In a medical malpractice case, day-in-the-life videos can be used to help judges and jurors understand the challenges that victims face after a medical error or act of negligence has occurred. If you have suffered a brain injury from surgery, for example, a day-in-the-life video can show how your injury has caused you speech problems that render you incapable of answering phones or communicating effectively at your job. If your leg was damaged during surgery, your video could depict the struggles you face with no longer being able to drive, such as transporting your children to school or getting to work on a daily basis. The video should clearly demonstrate the difficulties that the malpractice has caused you and your family.
· Product liability cases – If you were hurt by a defective or malfunctioning product, day-in-the-life videos can help judges and jurors see the extent of your injuries due to the product’s sub-par quality. If your injuries were fleeting, the video can depict the struggles you faced following your accident, and if you have suffered permanent injuries, the video can show how your abilities and life have been affected on a long-term basis.
Day-in-the-life videos can also be effective in swaying judges and jurors in cases involving bad faith insurance claims, workplace and on-the-job injuries, and car, truck or bus accidents.
Need Day-in-the-life Videos?
If you are currently the plaintiff in a case involving an accident, injury, or other physical damage, day-in-the-life videos may be able to help. Contact LORR today to discuss your case and find out if videos are the right choice in your situation.