PRESENTING YOUR SETTLEMENT DOCUMENTARY
In this article we are going to go over ways for presenting a settlement documentary. Settlement documentaries are created specifically for mediation and are not designed to be admissible in court. The purpose of the settlement documentary is to educate the opposition about the enormity of the harm injury victims and their families suffer as a result of negligence or malpractice. Once your settlement documentary is completed, when you plan to show it requires consideration.
STRATEGY 2 – PRESENT THE SETTLEMENT DOCUMENTARY AT MEDIATION
STRATEGY 3 – SCHEDULE A PRIVATE SHOWING WITH THE ADJUSTER
Perhaps the most effective presentation is to schedule a private viewing of the documentary to the adjuster in a neutral location. For a big, significant case, we have clients who will rent a hotel suite or meeting room near the carrier’s headquarters and invite the adjuster to meet to review the documentary. In a private setting with no interruptions, and a very controlled environment, the presentation is made one-on-one. A client of ours in Kokomo used this strategy. He flew to Cleveland to show the video to the adjuster in a nearby hotel suite. He played the video. The adjuster watched intently. At the conclusion, the adjuster left without saying a word. The case settled two weeks later for what the plaintiff was asking.
Whether you present your settlement documentary in advance of mediation, during mediation, or at a private showing, the goal is the same – to maximize the recovery for your client. Thinking through the presentation options ahead of time will go a long way toward making sure all the decision makers see and understand your client’s story. As always, we are here to help if you have any questions.
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