APPROACHING THE WRONGFUL DEATH CASE A settlement documentary for a wrongful death case is made up of two parts. What qualities did the person have that made him irreplaceable in the lives of the survivors and what effect has the death had on the survivors. As an example, we’ll discuss a hypothetical case about a husband/father who is killed in
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
MYTH #2 ABOUT CASE VALUE Last week, we discussed how adjusters often use “cookie cutter” formulas to dictate the value of a case despite evidence submitted by the plaintiff’s counsel. Too often, this results in major claims failing to be resolved in mediation. But there’s another issue that comes into play during mediation that can also lead to your client
MYTH #1 ABOUT CASE VALUE Many defendants are unwilling to pay a fair value for claims without the full weight of evidence and testimony supporting a plaintiff’s case. As a result, far too many claims fail to be resolved in settlement or mediation when it would be in the best interests of all parties to reach a fair compromise. It
Why Day One is the Most Important Day of a Big Case A great case comes in the door with strong liability and significant damages. The kind of case you might consider for a settlement documentary to be used at or in advance of mediation. With the best of intentions, you map out in your head the visuals you’ll want.
We have successfully completed our first-ever remote settlement documentary project in New Zealand and Brazil. It was quite a challenge with one plaintiff living in New Zealand and another plaintiff living near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The attorneys were looking for a comprehensive, case presentation settlement documentary for each, including interviews and Day In The Life video but there is no
Pandemic Considerations For Producing A Settlement Documentary The Covid-19 pandemic has turned things upside down for everyone in so many ways. Mediation and trials have been pushed back, and many facets of litigation have been affected. As we move towards fewer restrictions, make sure this time of uncertainty doesn’t compound the losses for your plaintiff. Further delays in cases might