If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what is a video worth in a courtroom?

Statistics show that videos provide a 75% increase in understanding of the topic, as compared to pictures.* So, what can this mean to your physician in the courtroom?

Let’s use a shoulder dystocia case for example.  You know the baby’s injury is the result of the birthing process, not negligence.  At trial, you want the jury to understand how, through no one’s fault, the baby’s posterior shoulder got stuck at the sacral promontory during the descent and caused the injury. Because childbirth is a dynamic process, pictures alone don’t tell the full story.

We recently had a shoulder dystocia case where this type of motion caused a stretch injury to the brachial plexus resulting in a permanent Erb’s palsy.  Our challenge was to explain how this injury could occur in utero before any physician placed hands on the baby.  To illustrate our message at trial, we used this video to explain what happened.  Click here to view the video.*

Post-trial, the jury said the video helped explain complex medicine, which shed light on our causation arguments. Bottom linewhile pictures may be worth a thousand words, videos can be worth a whole lot more. [Maryland requires parties to notify one another before trial if they intend to use computer-generated evidence (videos).]

If we can assist with your trial preparation or analysis in any way, please contact us.

January 2015 — We are proud to announce that Waranch & Brown, LLC has been named by Fortune Magazine and LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® as one of the Top Law Firms in the United States for 2015.  This is the third consecutive year the firm has received this recognition.

Larry Waranch

Larry Waranch

Larry Waranch is an AV rated trial lawyer and a founding partner of Waranch & Brown. His practice focuses primarily on medical malpractice defense, medical licensure matters, administrative defense and general liability.
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