A video settlement documentary is an all-inclusive presentation that presents liability and/or damages to the legal teams, adjusters or claims committee at, or prior to, mediation for the purpose of resolving a claim. The purpose is to enhance the recovery for the injured party/parties that covers their past, present and future needs.
Tell your client's story in a different perspective. We use interviews, graphics and the evidence to put a timeline together in a broadcast style documentary. Opposing council will have an understanding to what will be presented at trial and a chance to re-evaluate the case before mediation.
Because these videos and presentations are strictly confidential, video's can only be made available upon special request.
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What is a "Day in the Life Video?"
An ADL video is an unflinching portrait of your client's activities of daily living and their struggles to complete the simplest of tasks. So if law firms are involved in a case that has impacted someone's activities of daily living, then an ADL video is necessary for your case.
It can highlight how determined your client is to maintain a sense of independence, which will allow the audience to emotionally connect with your client.
What can be most compelling is how your client succeeds in finding ways to still successfully engage in simple activities such as cooking a meal, playing with their child or going to the store.
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People, including jurors, have come to expect more than just paper to tell a compelling story. We all have been spoiled by Hollywood and the technology evolution to help us see and understand simple and complex ideas.
By capturing a witness's body language on video can dramatically increase your case for impeachment purposes. Instead of reading a witness transcript, video can show the jury more with both audio and video impressions. As seen in court, the way someone answers a question can be as important as the answer itself.
So the importance of redacting and editing video testimony becomes paramount. A video edit done incorrectly destroys the impact of a statement. Conversely, a video edit done very well can make the point so well that it leaves a lasting impression on the jury.
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Capturing a medical exam on video allows for interested parties to be in the examination room.
Because these videos are strictly confidential, video's can only be made available upon special request.
Making a video record of the progress or damages made at a construction site gives you the ability to go back in time and show the progression or document the damages in detail.
Video Settlement Documentary [VSD] is an effective video tool that is specifically designed to preset the most important facts about a case as well as the current status of the parties affected by the underlying event(s). The clearest way to illustrate what a VSD is to point to the countless number of examples you have seen in you adult life when watching an investigative TV show like 60 Minutes, 20/20, and True Crime, just to mention a few.
The purpose of a VSD is to clearly and concisely convey the most important facts about the case. It is a synopsis of what your firm intends to produce at trial. The video may explore issues like liability, damages, or both while being as detailed as necessary to communicate the fact all the while of keeping in mind not to bore the viewer and loose interest.
The VSD is produced with the expectation of helping all parties to arrive at a settlement of the litigation, thereby reducing or eliminating the immense emotional trauma to all parties and to reduce the ongoing costs of trail for all parties. It is important to note that under normal circumstances, the video will never be played in a courtroom, but it is a exceptionally important part of your presentation in a mediation or arbitration. In many cases, the video settlement documentary is your entire case presentation.
Who Uses a Settlement Documentary?
While there are no thoughtful reasons why a settlement documentary can't be used by both sides in litigation, it has been my experience that primarily the plaintiffs are more prone to request the production of a video settlement documentary. Primarily, the general nature of practicing lawyers who request this type of video production are firms that focus on personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and trucking accidents.
What are some of the source materials needed?
Because this type of video is not evidence, the videographer has greater freedom of expression in the video and is not constrained to those techniques used in a video like a deposition. As one example, the videographer is free to use close-up shots of a friend or family member who is sharing an emotional story where they are expressing tears or anger in the situation they are sharing. Likewise, wide-angle shots can be used when filming the setting of where the incident in question took place while the person being interviewed might be describing it off camera.
As for specific source materials, I have assembled a list of potential materials that could be used in the video. Although each case is different, my attempt here is not to provide an exhaustive list of materials but rather to initiate the assembling of these materials as some may require time to collect.
Although this is a lengthy article that I composed based on my experiences in doing documentaries, it is in no way comprehensive. Each case is different and we treat each one as its own case, so the requirements vary from case to case. Click the button below to contact us to find out more and so we may discuss your case with you.