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     DAY-IN-THE-LIFE VIDEO ADMISSIBILITY

“D
                  ay-in-the-life” videos are typically presented        Although the scenes depicted in the video may be
                  in court to demonstrate to jurors the sever-       unpleasant, its prejudicial impact cannot substantially
                  ity of a plaintiff’s injuries and the impact       outweigh the video’s probative value. The plaintiff’s
                  those injuries have on his or her daily living     counsel must show that the daily activities in the video
     activities. Footage of these activities—such as rising,         were typical for the plaintiff, so that the admission of
     eating, bathing, and receiving physical therapy—can             the video would not be unduly prejudicial.
     vividly demonstrate the plaintiff’s dependency, limita-            In order to be representational, day-in-the-life vid-
     tions, and frustrations. This footage is intended to bring      eos must have a foundation of accuracy and fairness.
     jurors inside the plaintiff’s life in a way that is virtually   The issue of “unringing the bell” may be addressed by
     impossible to communicate with mere words1, and cir-            requiring the trial court judge to examine the particular
     cumvents the impracticality of having jurors visit the          video in camera to determine, whether the probative
     plaintiff themselves to witness the plaintiff’s injuries        value of the particular videotape outweighs the possi-
     and challenges firsthand. Day-in-the-life video presen-         bility of prejudice.
     tations are powerful tools for personal injury cases—              To be admissible, day-in-the-life videos should not
     but can you get them admitted as evidence?                      contain inter alia, artistic highlighting that emphasizes
         Although day-in-the-life videos are considered similar      some scenes more than others, obvious exaggerations,
     to in-court demonstrations of injuries, their admissibility     self-serving behavior by the subject/plaintiff(s), scenes
     is subject to broad, although not absolute, judicial dis-       that serve mainly to create sympathy, or those that con-
     cretion2. The party submitting the video must provide           tain other unduly inflammatory material.
     the appropriate legal foundation for its admission. Most           It’s best to hire an experienced legal video produc-
     courts will admit such day-in-the-life videos provided          tion company that understands these common admis-
     that (1) their probative value outweighs any prejudice to       sibility requirements. The key to success is an open
     the defendant, and (2) there are no demonstrated impro-         dialogue between the commissioning attorney and the
     prieties in the video’s content or production techniques.       video production team. n
         The party proffering the video as evidence must
                                                                     ENDNOTES 
     show that the videotape is an accurate portrayal of the         1. M. Dombroff, Dombroff on Demonstrative Evidence § § 124-51 (1983 & Supp. 1990)
     events depicted. Someone who has personal knowledge             2. McCormick on Evidence §214 19 (4th Ed.)

     of the videotape’s contents and is available for in-court       Courtesy of Mark Alexander, Verdict Videos
     cross-examination must lay the foundation: typically
                                                                     Alexander is president of Verdict Videos [www.verdictvideos.com], which
     the plaintiff, a caregiver, or the most knowledgeable           produces day-in-the-life settlement documentaries and wrongful-death
     person for the video production company.                        video portraits for plaintiffs attorneys throughout California.




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