by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video
In May, 2016, a 74-year-old New York man and his wife were driving from New York to Connecticut in anticipation of attending their grandson’s baptism. As they rounded a bend in the road, an SUV driven by a 19-year-old male crossed the center line and struck them head-on. Their car crashed into the guardrails and he died at the scene from massive blunt force trauma. The man’s wife was seriously injured and to date she has undergone at least five surgeries.
The law firm of D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC of Watertown, Connecticut, representing the estate of the man, engaged Geomatrix Productions to produce a settlement video in the matter. After interviewing the man’s wife, children, family members and pastor, Geomatrix combined these stories with compelling photos from his life to create a settlement video that was key to winning his family a multi-million dollar settlement, allowing them to move forward with their lives.
According to Attorney Mike D’Amico:
“We recently hired Geomatrix, who we have worked with for decades, to create a settlement video for a tragic wrongful death. Geomatrix was able to powerfully communicate the family bonds and friendships that shaped the decedent’s life, and the music, ministry and motorcycles that he enjoyed so much. The video was instrumental in settling the legal claims for the full liability policy limits of $5.3 million, and in avoiding protracted litigation for his surviving widow and family. Jeremy (Attorney Jeremy D’Amico) and I seldom have a wrongful death case where we do not ask Geomatrix to create a life video. It is a powerful settlement tool.”
Settlement videos can convey the devastation from loss of life in a way no other means can. A well thought-out video testimonial to a lost loved one captures the essence of the decedent’s life. Using photographs and carefully selected interview clips from family and friends, Geomatrix Productions creatively weaves a thread that tells the person’s life story with respect and sensitivity. The video also illustrates what the decedent and their family are now missing due to their tragic wrongful death. These poignant videos can be used at mediation or can be provided to the insurance adjuster and defense counsel.
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Jim Bergenn, Esq.
“In a defective highway case, if you are point one percent at fault you recover nothing. Most lawyers won’t take the cases. I took took one particular case where there was a bicyclist whose bike tripped over a pot-hole. He went over the handlebars, and even though he had a helmet he suffered a bad traumatic brain injury. In that particular instance we used a video statement, sort of like a deposition, but it was just me and a witness, and I had him establish that my guy was doing everything perfectly, there’s nothing he could’ve done differently, this was just bad fate, caused by the crevice, caused by the state’s neglect. I had that on video, it was game, set, match, on liability.”
“But we still had to drive value. Though he had a serious brain injury, he did not lose his ability to think. He could express himself, though greatly diminished capacity to express himself physically. He was just like you and I in terms of feelings and cognition, but he was a mess and was going to be for life. In that particular instance we hired Geomatrix, because we knew that we had to convey what the difference was, before and after, in ways other than just a list. They did a very comprehensive study, on video, of his life, with some interviews about his life before, and some powerful video about what his life was after. It was moving, and if you watched it, it was all over. You just weren’t going to touch that anymore, everyone knew that it was almost incalculable, the before and after damage.”
“This video was so powerful that the case settled for several million dollars, where if we were point one percent at fault we get zero.”
– From an interview with Jim Bergenn, Esq. of Shipman & Goodwin, Hartford, CT recorded June 2017
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