A Day-in-the-Life Documentary is a portrayal of how a life has been changed due to an injury, by showing the client's daily routines through the use of video tape, and need not be restricted to catastrophic injuries. These documentaries are used in conjunction with the expert testimony of physicians, physical and occupational therapists, and rehabilitation experts, and aid in giving credibility to their testimony.
Day-in-the-Life Documentaries are not new to the legal community. They were first introduced in the 1960's on film. Since then, however, videotaping has become perfected and is the much preferred method of making these documentaries. When a Day-in-the-Life Documentary is done properly (fairly and accurately), the jury should be riveted, quite possibly making this your most effective piece of evidence.
Advantages to Using Day-in-the-Life Documentaries
■ gives the jurors a privileged point of view by taking them from the courtroom into the person's home
■ shows the restricted mobility, pain, discomfort and effort involved in daily routines and/or physical therapy
■ shows the dependence on family members and friends in meeting everyday, basic needs
■ shows the time commitment and dedication that is necessary from family members in the caretaking process
■ a jury will better remember and give more credence to evidence presented on video tape
Advantages to Using Legal Electronic Recording
■ we can aid in issues regarding admissibility
■ if necessary, we are available to testify as to how the documentary was produced
■ our special editing process allows attorney involvement and review throughout the production process
■ we use multi-cameras to assure a realistic production