The videos, which are typically used in litigation, mediation, and arbitration, give a bird's eye view of how an injury affects a plaintiff (or in a wrongful death suit, the victim's loved ones) or how an accident occurred.
Here's an overview of common types of videos used in personal injury cases and a few of their caveats.
Wrongful Death Video. A video on wrongful death is essentially an "in memoriam" piece, examining the life of the victim and showing how the sudden passing has affected family and friends. But remember, plucking heartstrings will only get you so far in a wrongful death lawsuit. To get more bang for your buck, show how the victim's death financially impacted the family.
"Day in the Life" Video. As its name suggests, a "day in the life" video records the day-to-day routine of the plaintiff, providing a visual of the difficulties a plaintiff faces in performing everyday duties. It's a way to demonstrate the plaintiff's physical injury and actual damages.
Accident Reconstruction. A video that visually brings to life lay or expert witness testimony of how an accident unfolded can be a powerful tool in determining fault and damages. Such visual aids may be created through video or video animation and may include evidence photographs and police reports. But like all of the above, these videos raise a number of hearsay issues.