From: Michael E. Levinson, President, DALCO Reporting, New York, NY
If you are an attorney or law firm representing an accident victim, video can be one of your most powerful allies in front of a jury. More often than not, when the services of a legal videographer from White Plains court reporters are requested, it is for the purpose of recording a deposition.
If an attorney trying a case believes that a deponent’s testimony could be more impactful when seen by a jury, he may elect to have those depositions video-recorded for playback in court. Nothing, however, strengthens a case like a properly composed Day in the Life video once an individual’s quality of life has been altered by some accident or event. It is one thing to hear the details of an individual’s physical or mental limitations as described by an attorney familiar with the facts, and a completely different experience when actually seen with your own eyes.
Here are a few tips to ensure you maximize the effectiveness of your Day in the Life video, in a more cost-effective way:
- Coordinate with the hospital staff or social worker to schedule any daily activities or therapy sessions for early in the day. It is a waste of both time and money for the videographer to record hours of footage when the person is just sitting there not doing anything.
- Prepare your client. An uncooperative or irritated subject can be distracting to a jury.
- Interview family and friends for higher impact.
- Experience matters. The experienced videographer knows what to focus on and how to blend in.
- Ask your local court reporting firm about post production editing options of the video.