Legal Video Insights
“I thought I lost her that day. I thought she was going to die.” (Plaintiff’s husband) In 2015, a Halloween outing turned into a real-life horror story for a West Haven woman and her family. After stopping at a popular Newtown restaurant for lunch, it wasn’t long before the active grandmother’s life was turned upside […]
In a lawsuit on behalf of an Iraq War veteran who was paralyzed in a swimming accident, a video produced by Geomatrix Productions helped the plaintiffs win an unparalleled jury award for a personal injury premises liability case in Rhode Island. On the weekend of July 25, 2014, Connecticut residents Brett and Stacie Smith were […]
Gayle Sullivan and Charles Price of McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan talked with us about a case they settled for $13.5 million. They shared insights into the use of a legal settlement video and the decision to bring a loss of parental consortium claim in the case. Gayle Sullivan, Esq: Our client Allison Vandermaelen got […]
Michael Jainchill, Esq. – RisCassi & Davis: “The Janet Pulver case resolved through a mediation. Judge Elaine Gordon was our mediator. What made Janet Pulver perfect for video really had to do with the nature of the loss that was suffered in that particular case. Ordinarily in a wrongful death case you have somebody who […]
How does an attorney convey the soul of a decedent to those responsible for deciding damages? The best possible way is to hear it directly from the loved ones of that person – the ones who can speak from the heart about a father, a son, a brother and a friend. That’s exactly what a […]
“Scrapbooks are all we have of her now.” The haunting words spoken by a dear friend of a woman struck and killed by a car in 2015 are among many uttered by her loved ones in a emotional settlement video produced by Geomatrix Productions for the Stamford law firm of Wocl Leydon, LLC. The video […]
Case Study: Attorney Credits Settlement Video for Results that Help a Family Heal after a Devastating Crash
At a young age and into her adulthood, Kami Allen didn’t let her disease get her down. Although she was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a brittle bone disorder, she was able to lead an active life, get married and have a career and children. But on the day of her accident, her life changed in […]
When representing plaintiffs in a personal injury case, one challenge that can arise is how to illustrate the plaintiffs’ injuries if they are currently not visible. This was the case for the law firm of Walsh Woodard LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut when they represented two young women, cousins and best friends in their twenties, […]
Case Study: Attorneys Show Belief in Clients with Compelling Video that Nets $1.325 Million Settlement
A person’s home is supposed to be a safe sanctuary. But when that sanctuary is threatened by an intruder, it may never feel the same again. In May 2015, five Salem Connecticut residents experienced the trauma of an attempted home invasion perpetrated by a mentally unstable resident of a nearby group home. The resident, who […]
Multimedia technology has revolutionized the way evidence is presented to judges and juries in the courtroom. But navigating this new landscape of digital trials can be confusing and cumbersome for litigators seeking to win the greatest settlements for their clients. Now, Geomatrix Productions has made this task much easier with the publication of our new […]
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 […]
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 […]
Is it possible that a PowerPoint presentation can make the difference between winning or losing a case? There is scientific evidence to show that PowerPoint can help achieve the desired results. According to formal studies conducted by Neil Feigenson of Quinnipiac University, and Jaiyhun Park of Baruch College, a well-designed PowerPoint presentation was shown to […]
Great lawyers are gifted in two areas: their knowledge of the law their ability to present and persuade The rules of evidence dictate how a legal argument is presented in court. However, during pretrial, great lawyers realize they are not as restricted, and can creatively use their gift of persuasion to better represent their clients. […]
In the book, Experiencing Other Minds in the Courtroom, Neal Feigenson describes how the value of visual evidence is significantly impacted by who creates it, how it is made, and how it is presented. His ground-breaking research is of critical importance for personal injury lawyers today because the use of video is expanding exponentially in […]
In the unfortunate event of a vehicular accident where a pedestrian is killed, it’s unlikely to consider the potential for the deceased to be at any fault. Sadly, in the case of Wagmeister vs. Simmonds, this circumstance did occur. With a difficult case to both illustrate and prove, John Cirello, Esq. turned to Geomatrix Productions […]
Ismael Alvarado’s leg had been pinned between the back end of the pickup truck and the large industrial trash compactor. He begged the driver to call 911, but she was so traumatized at the sight of the bones protruding from his shin that she collapsed in hysterics. Smearing blood across the surface of his cell […]
She has a story - choose the right video company to tell it. Not everyone with a camera can produce a video that will stand up in court. Video prepared for litigation has the Rules of Evidence to consider. A firm that specializes in legal video production will provide a [...]
Electronic evidence lets everyone in the courtroom see exhibits simultaneously. Evidence comes to life as key information is presented through our legal video services. In today’s visual society, presenting evidence through digital video production has become essential. Contact your trial technician early. In a simple one hour meeting we can form a presentation plan to [...]
Savvy litigators are using video depositions as a powerful discovery tool. At trial, jurors rely heavily on nonverbal communication like eye contact and body language to judge the veracity of a witness, making video testimony invaluable. A video deposition is like any deposition. A court reporter is normally present to swear in the witness [...]
When playing a video deposition in court before a jury, attorneys are faced with the questions of how to edit the objections. Advance ruling the judge and video editing provides for the most seamless presentation to the jury. That said, there are 3 ways the editing can be done. Electronic Editing Done in [...]
Learning how to utilize electronic evidence such as video depositions at trial is much easier than you might expect. Directing your trial tech to an exhibit is not any harder than directing your witness to one. The difference is that everyone in the room will be able to see it, which will make questioning a [...]
Synchronized video depositions are a useful tool! The video and transcript will show simultaneously on the screen and the software included allows easy keyword and page/line searching. You can also create clips of pertinent sections of the deposition. These clips can be used with other witnesses With opposing or co-counsel With other experts With [...]
Plan Video Production Ahead of Time. Call to schedule the playback a week before your trial. In addition to helping the techs plan their schedules, it also allows time for video editing. File the Video Production Equipment Permission Form. JD-CL-90 is the form you need to file with the court in order to bring [...]
The Day in the Life Documentary video production is an essential piece of evidence in personal injury litigation. 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 [...]
Synchronizing a video deposition to the transcript is a necessary step to enable “final hour” video edits to be done at trial. However, “syncs” are also a great tool for trial preparation. Having a sync of your party opponents and their expert witnesses allow you to identify and create relevant video clips to use for […]
Mediation, Arbitration or Settlement Programs …or, Oh No, What Do I Do Now? Cathie Reese, President of Geomatrix Productions, will be the guest speaker at the Central Connecticut Paralegal Association Dinner Meeting on Thursday, April 19 in East Windsor. She will offer insight into how Mediation, Arbitration and Settlement Programs are produced and how you [...]
Using the Video Deposition at Trial Video depositions have come a long way since VHS recording was the method of choice in the mid-70’s. Video depositions are often used when a witness is unavailable for trial. Edited versions are played before the jury when the Court rules in advance on objections. But that’s only one [...]
Timing the Day in the Life Documentary The Day in the Life Documentary is an essential component of the personal injury lawsuit. There is no better way to illustrate damages than a well-produced video. The devastation brought upon a family when a catastrophic injury occurs should be captured soon after the incident. When years pass, [...]
Three Questions to Consider About Your Litigation Video Video for use in litigation is not one size fits all. At Geomatrix, we approach every video with the unique needs of the individual case in mind. There are several line items we use in determining cost, including consultation, video recording and video editing time required to [...]
Video Helps Facilitate Settlement The family of a 73-year-old man who was killed after getting hit in the head by a felled tree will collect $950,000 after settling their lawsuit against the tree company hired by the town of Simsbury, CT. Attorney John Houlihan of RisCassi and Davis noted that initially the two sides were [...]
Michael D'Amico on Working with Electronic Trial Presentations Michael A. D’Amico, Esq, of D’Amico, Griffin, and Pettinicchi, LLC, discusses the benefits of presenting electronic media at trial. With electronic trial presentations, the only limit is your own imagination.
Michael D'Amico on Taking the Stress Out of Trial Presentations Michael A. D’Amico, Esq, of D’Amico, Griffin, and Pettinicchi, LLC explains how Geomatrix Productions takes the stress out of putting together a seamless electronic trial presentation.
Michael D’Amico on Using Electronic Evidence at Trial Michael A. D’Amico, Esq, of D’Amico, Griffin, and Pettinicchi, LLC gives a brief case study of how he has used electronic evidence at trial.
Michael D’Amico on Impeaching a Witness Using a Synchronized Video Deposition Michael A. D’Amico, Esq, of D’Amico, Griffin, and Pettinicchi, LLC explains how to use a synched video deposition at trial.
Michael D’Amico on the Benefits of Videotaping Depositions Michael A. D’Amico, Esq, of D’Amico, Griffin, and Pettinicchi, LLC talks about why he videotapes most of his depositions.
Five Essential Legal Video Questions Answered She has a story – choose the right video company to tell it. Not everyone with a camera can produce a video that will stand up in court. Video prepared for litigation has the Rules of Evidence to consider. A firm that specializes in legal video production will provide a level of [...]