Every catastrophic injury case requires you to produce a Day in the Life exhibit for your trial presentation. To help guide you in producing a powerful and compelling exhibit that portrays to the jury the extent, both physical and pyschological of your client's injuries, here are some helpful hints:
1. Live with your client at their home or facility. In order to fully understand your client's injuries and the impact upon their activities of daily living and their family, you must see it and experience it for yourself. Take the time to actually experience a day in the life of your client. Take notes of activities that you know will have an effect upon a jury so you can properly communicate with your video production team specific activities and reactions that they need to capture when the videotaping takes place. You probably already know the effects of the ADL's that your client's specific injuries have caused, but each patient and each client reacts differently and to fully understand and effectively tell your story of damages to the jury, you must be able to share with them what you have experienced yourself, just like they will experience once they have viewed your Day in the Life exhibit.
2. Use your life care planner as an executive producer. Your life care expert is the ideal person to use as a consultant and producer to your Day in the Life exhibit. Having read and researched all of your client's medical records, spoken to their doctors and rehab specialists, viewed all of their daily activities and therapies at home and in facilities, your life care expert is the go-to person for your video production team to conference with before any footage is shot. Their expertise and knowledge will go a long way in capturing the essential footage that a jury will want to see and hear. Plus it affords you any admissibility problems that might arise, especially if you plan to show clips of your Day in the Life exhibit during the direct of your life care expert.
3. Overexpose your Day in the Life exhibit to the jury. The old trial days of producing and showing a 45-minute Day in the Life exhibit to a jury are over. Have your video production team edit together clips from the raw footage to coordinate and enhance the testimonies of your client's spouse or caretaker, life care expert, treating physician and any therapists that you might want to call at trial. Space these testimonies and viewings during your trial so that the jury will see and experience your client's difficulties each and everyday of your case presentation. Studies have shown that trial attorneys who do this experience a better retention value from each juror resulting in a higher award of damages. To view a sample Day in the Life video, click here.