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“Day in the Life” Footage of Auto Accident Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Trials

The overwhelming number of personal injury cases stemming from automobile accidents may consist of a series of witnesses explaining what they believe they saw when they observed the incident or its immediate aftermath. Such a trial may include a litany of doctors testifying to the nature of the plaintiff’s injuries and how it affects the plaintiff’s life. Family members, friends and fellow colleagues may speak to the impact they have seen in the life and attitude of the injured plaintiff. There is no question that this type of testimony, particularly told as a narrative, can provide an accurate picture of the plaintiff’s life after getting hurt in an automobile accident. But video evidence depicting the day-to-day experience of such a person can move a jury to truly empathize with the plaintiff’s plight.


Everyone knows the cliché, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That metaphorical truth applies as much, if not more, to video. Such a tool demonstrates to the jury the nature of the hardships and difficulties facing some auto accident victims with a level of clarity which verbal testimony can hardly convey.


Such video evidence is not actually used in many personal injury cases. In many cases, the injuries are not so severe. Neck and back injuries may cause the plaintiff recurring pain and limit their mobility. However, in cases where plaintiffs sustain spinal or brain injuries the impairment can be severe and heartbreaking. In such cases, the plaintiff’s trial attorneys will seek to have a typical day of the plaintiff captured unscripted on film. Such evidence, if presented properly and admitted in to evidence without problem, can have a powerful effect on jurors seeking to render a fair and just verdict in light of all the circumstances. 


The lawyers at Giddens & Gatton Law, P.C. represent injured individuals in personal injury suits in New Mexico, including those caused by motor vehicle accidents. Giddens & Gatton Law, P.C. is located at 10400 Academy Road N.E., Suite 350 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call the office at (505) 633-6298 to set up an appointment or visit the firm’s website at for more information.

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