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Video Proves Effective Prescription for Polypharmacy Opiate Abuse Case

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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There’s an art, and a science, in telling a compelling true-life story on camera.  On the one hand you need to get the facts and figures, the names, places, and circumstances that address the events in question.  On the other hand, you need to capture the emotion, the intention, to portray the real and genuine person in front of the lens.  When done correctly, the balance of these two disciplines will make a world of difference in a legal case.

The challenge… was to clearly demonstrate the damaging effect the prescribed treatment had on their client over the course of several years.

Case in Point:

“The issues in this particular case were unlike any I’d ever seen and unlike what the expert witnesses I brought into the case have seen,” said Attorney Patrick C. Barry of Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn.  “The physician had prescribed multiple opiates along with benzodiazepines to be taken simultaneously over a period of years” with what appeared to be an ever-changing medication regimen. Attorney Barry relates that this “polypharmacy treatment” was an extreme prescribing practice that could not be explained by any current standards.

The challenge that faced the Legal Team at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, in Providence, RI, was to clearly demonstrate the damaging effect the prescribed treatment had on their client over the course of several years.

In this later stage leading up to trial, the client wasn’t presenting obvious signs of notable distress as they sought help through an inpatient hospitalization program. However, the client was in a constant struggle to recover and stop the downward spiral their life had become.

… live video… reflects the true human interaction… word choice, timing, movement, gestures, and speech pattern. These things can’t be picked up from a black and white text description.

 The Case for Video:

“One of the reasons we wanted to make sure we had a video presentation is because live video, where the person is telling their story, more closely reflects the true human interaction that we would make with one another, or that a jury would experience if someone was in the courtroom,” declared Attorney Barry.  “That true human interaction has a lot of components to it; word choice, timing, movement, gestures, and speech pattern. These things can’t be picked up from a black and white text description.”

“The team at Geomatrix were able to capture my client in an honest and natural way” said Attorney Barry, “they were able to find the key moments. It wasn’t just turn on a camera and start talking, there was a journalistic and artistic component to match up the person with the story and capture the emotion.”

I don’t think the case would have settled without the video.

Case Closed:

“I’m sure the defendants and the carriers may have looked at the case like there’s no real injury  because the client appeared ok” said Attorney Barry. “I’m convinced that the video presentation which allowed them to make some character and credibility determinations allowed them to see the actual hurt that did exist. I don’t think the case would have settled without the video.”

At Geomatrix we are dedicated to the craft of narrative storytelling.  We have honed that craft for more than 40 years in an effort to give our clients the tools they need to win the case.  Let us help you uncover the behind the scene stories of your clients that will make a difference in giving you the best outcomes.

 

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Capture the Recovery with a Day in the Life Video

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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What makes a Day in the Life Documentary video such a powerful piece of evidence in personal injury litigation? More than any other reason perhaps is the fact that
it not only captures the extent of the damages suffered by the plaintiff, but, done over time, can chronicle recovery.

There is nothing more compelling than “being there” as a severely injured client struggles to learn how to walk again for the first time, or learns to adapt to life with diminished capacity.

Geomatrix Productions has produced nearly 1,000 Day in the Life videos. Our professional video production team will be happy to help.

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Preparing to Produce your Day in the Life Documentary

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

DIL VideoThe Day in the Life Documentary video production is an essential piece of evidence in personal injury litigation.

Preparing a successful and compelling Day in the Life Documentary, while still considering the rules of evidence takes careful planning and a skilled video production crew.

Before discussing your Day in the Life Documentary video production, you should be able to answer the following:

Is your client at home or in a facility?

Can he/she speak for himself or will a care giver do that?

Who is the primary care giver?

If at a facility – have they given permission for us to videotape staff?

What is the level of care required?

Is the client undergoing any kind of therapy?

Where is therapy done? Do we have permission to videotape the therapist?

Who else should be included in the video? Family? Professionals?

Do you know the client’s schedule? For ex. if aqua therapy is important, when is it?

Who will do the voice over?

Has the client been informed of our video production services?

What is the client’s level of comfort with the video?

In addition, please consider:

Will the attorney be present during the recording?

What is the deadline?

How will the video production be presented to the opposition?

Geomatrix Productions has produced nearly 1,000 Day in the Life videos. Our professional video production team will be happy to help.

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Trials Will Resume On… (are you ready with your digital litigation tools?)

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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Recently on their CTLA podcast, “Pod Ipsa Loquitur,” Mike Walsh and John Kennedy talked with Chief Administrative Judge for Civil Matters Judge Jim Abrams about the reopening of Connecticut courts in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Will the courts be opening in November as Connecticut Chief Justice Robinson suggested recently in the Hartford Courant? Does Connecticut Practicebook provision 23-68 currently allow the court to order that a trial proceed by interactive audio-visual means? These are just some of what was covered in a fascinating conversation. No spoilers here, so listen to the podcast to find out all you can about these topics, and to get an idea for the “Post Pandemic” jury trial timeline.

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And we have the perfect accompaniment for your podcast listening. Before you start listening, download the new Geomatrix Whitepaper: Litigation in the Digital Age, which will equip you with a thorough understanding of the incredibly powerful digital tools Geomatrix deploys to help litigators win. After reading the whitepaper you’ll know just what digital tools you have to work with when court reopens. After listening to the podcast you may have a better idea of when that will be and how much time you have to get ready for it. Remember these powerful digital tools for litigation can also be incorporated into remote proceedings. Let us help your firm Win More Cases, Win More Verdicts, and Win More New Business.

Follow the link to listen to the interview with Judge Abrams on the Pod Ipsa Loquitur podcast.

 

 

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“Like Lighting a Match”

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

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“It’s like lighting a match,” said attorney Dale P. Faulkner of Faulkner and Graves, discussing how the pre-existing osteoarthritis condition lay dormant in his client.

“The fear of an impending broadside crash caused him to grip the steering wheel so tightly as to cause a flare up in the joints in his hands.  He knew immediately that something was wrong.”

The permanency rating by experts put his client’s disability at 10-14%, but according to Faulkner, “because of the nature of his profession, this was devastating.”

The plaintiff was a periodontist; a skilled physician who performed microsurgery every day on between 5 and 7 patients.   This surgery requires very precise movements in areas near the sinuses and roots of the teeth.

Attorney Faulkner sought an effective way to convey how the painful change in dexterity affected his client and the way he continued in his practice. He turned to Geomatrix.

“Dale and I have been working together for nearly 40 years,” said Cathie Reese.  “I can always count on him to come up with creative and clever ideas.  We developed an approach where we would interview the Doctor in his operatory, and then have him demonstrate the techniques and tools of his trade.”

The video was short but powerful.  It helped Faulkner secure a settlement of just under $1 million dollars for his client, only 2 ½ years after the accident.

According to the plaintiff in his interview, “I feel an obligation to society to continue in my practice.  I am doing right by people and really helping them and that’s a tremendous satisfaction.”

“My greatest fear is that there would come a time when I would have to end my career early…because I love what I do.”

Video used in the course of litigation does not have to fall into a particular category.  Let Geomatrix help you uncover creative ways to tell your clients’ stories.

 

 

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Air Space Condominium: The CT Supreme Court Made it Legal, Video Makes it Understandable!

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

The creation of an Air Space Condominium in Connecticut is a legal structure that gives developers, investors, banks and property owners a way to maximize return on property investment, offer future liquidity and flexibility and, where banks and lenders are concerned, can help with restructuring and modifications of loans supported by distressed real estate assets.  It’s easily financeable and insurable, and lets owners raise cash by selling only parts of the property while maintaining ownership and long term cash flow of the retained real estate.  It sounds great right?

The problem is that converting multi-use buildings into one air space condominium is not as widely known or utilized in the real estate   industry.  It is unique and difficult to explain verbally, making developers, investors, banks and property owners  reluctant to engage law firms to do this work which, in some cases, may result in lost opportunity.

Patrick Hanna, Partner at Carmody Torrance Sandak Hennessey, said, “I used to roll a survey map out on a conference table and have clients or potential clients gather round while I used colored markers and my limited drawings to attempt  to explain how air space condominiums work.”  He thought that there might be  a better way to explain the concept.

“I thought that a video using animation and aerials would help me to communicate exactly how the concept works for an audience of people in the Real Estate world like bankers, developers, investors and owners, but there would be other benefits too.”

The video he created with Geomatrix Productions works beyond its role as a creative means of marketing.  It is used as an in-house training tool for associates and attorneys that do not focus their practice on real estate to help those attorneys get up to speed and confident in discussing and recommending the approach or at least having a working knowledge of the subject in the event the topic arises.

“It also makes clear to attorneys outside the Real Estate and Land Use practice that we have a unique offering. It opens the door to easier marketing conversations when the opportunity arises.” Thus, the video provides an opportunity for cross-training and cross-marketing.

“The video was a challenge for us to produce,” said Cathie Reese, producer.  “It took us some time to fully understand the process so that we could boil it down into something that made it look simple.”

The legal process is not so simple.  It’s a niche offering and Carmody was part of the Connecticut Supreme court case that validated the concept.

The video resides on the landing page of the firm’s Real Estate | Land Use practice, and has been pushed out on social media.  According to Hanna, “I will use it at presentations and seminars; much more interesting for the audience than listening to me!”

Video helps market, sell, train and more.  Give Geomatrix a call; we’d like to discuss your ideas and ways we can help you.

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Don’t Miss this Powerful Zoom Feature

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Zoom’s most under-utilized feature: On-screen presentation of exhibits

Presenting on-screen exhibits during remote video depositions is a powerful feature of these applications but requires learning a complex new technology or adding a trained trial technician to your deposition.  The features available are quite effective and are similar in some ways to our electronic trial presentation services or a picture-in-picture video deposition.  All attending the deposition can see exhibits shared in real time. Remote video depositions allow for exhibit annotation with distinctions of who creates the mark ups. We offer a look into technician operated, and self-run exhibit presentations in this short video.

Zoom’s fatal flaw: no control over on-screen video feed

While do-it-yourself automatic Zoom recordings may appear as an easy solution, they have one basic limitation that renders them practically useless for the recording of video depositions.  An automatic Zoom recording offers no control over the on-screen video feed and will switch views depending on who is speaking.  There is value in your witness’s reaction and that value is lost when the recording is compromised due to the automated functionality of Zoom.  A Geomatrix depo technician will manage the process and ensure  a dependable, professional recording.

Remote video deposition recording technology is evolving quickly. Call Geomatrix to find out more about it or to schedule your remote video deposition.

 

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Remote Video Depositions: Overcoming the Limitations and Utilizing the Features

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Recording Quality: Know the Difference

Many video conferencing software applications offer built in recording capabilities and it’s important to understand the quality of video you are getting with these options and the limitations they can present. While do-it-yourself Zoom recordings may appear as an easy solution they have severe limitations that make them ill-suited for high quality video deposition recording. With Geomatrix, the quality of the remote video recording resembles traditional in-person video depositions.

Here’s a side by side comparison of some features essential for producing a high quality remote video deposition recording.

Control over on-screen video feed: Zoom NO. Geo YES.

There is value in your witness’s reaction; a video produced by Zoom’s automated recording function that switches views depending on who is speaking loses important moments with your witness.

Multiple back-up video files recorded: Zoom NO. Geo YES.

Geomatrix creates multiple data and audio back-up recordings, your deposition can be archived in the real world and not only live on the cloud as it would with a Zoom auto-recording.

Realtime tech support during deposition:  Zoom NO.  Geo YES.

Individual participant software setup, exhibit presentation, final product delivery is handled by a knowledgeable professional. Technician run remote video depositions allow for attorneys to focus solely on the examination while the technician employs such features as…

On-screen presentation of exhibits:  Zoom YES.  Geo YES.

Presenting exhibits during remote video depositions is a powerful feature of these applications but requires learning a new technology or adding a trained trial technician to your deposition.  The features available are quite effective and are similar in some ways to our electronic trial presentation services or a picture-in-picture video deposition.  All attending the deposition can see exhibits shared in real time. Remote video depositions allow for exhibit annotation with distinctions of who creates the mark ups. We offer a look into a technician operated, and self-run exhibit presentation in this short video.

Remote video deposition recording technology is evolving quickly. Call Geomatrix to find out more about it or to schedule your remote video deposition.

 

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Remote Video Depositions Explained

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

Some of the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will likely not go away when things go “back to normal.” Remote recorded depositions are one of the services that you’ll find comes in handy even when social distancing becomes a distant memory. Watch our short explainer video to learn just how easy we make conducting a remote recorded video deposition.

Ready to schedule your first remote recorded video deposition? Still have some questions about it? Call us at 203-389-0001. We can help.

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Are You Guilty of Being “That” Zoomer?

by Geomatrix Productions in Legal Video

When meeting in-person, it’s easy to set up a quiet, private place to meet one on one. Given the times we live in, finding a private corner for yourself might not be as easy to come by. When talking in front of a camera, it’s important to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. Watch our very brief helpful tips video to help utilize your video conference software and be a good Zoomer at your next meeting.

Call us to find out how we can help you use video conferencing effectively in your practice.

Our thanks to Amanda Nugent of Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey and Board Secretary of the New Haven County Bar Association, and her father Donald Harvey for their assistance!

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