What are Activities of Daily Living?
Activities of Daily Living include any actions we take each day in order to function. For example, preparing food for one’s self, using the bathroom, taking a shower, and getting dressed. These are actions many of us take for granted. However, if someone becomes seriously injured, that person may suddenly be unable to adequately perform some or all of these tasks for themselves, requiring expensive help in the home. The person also likely experiences a form of mourning and depression over the loss of his or her independence.
How Will a Video Documenting Activities of Daily Living Help a Case in Court?
1. It builds an understanding of the needs of your client. Even though the jury may hear details of your client’s injuries and consequent disabilities, it makes a world of difference to actually see those limitations on a video. The jury members will be able to visualize the struggles your client goes through in order to complete simple tasks, and will come to a better understanding of the scope of how your client’s life has been impacted by his or her injuries.
2. Video will illuminate the costs required to pay for necessary help. Jury members will be able to see all the help required by your client to accomplish simple tasks as well as to regain independence. Between home help, therapies, nurse visits, and more, the expense of being injured adds up quickly and there’s no better way to hit the point home than by showing it on video.
3. It creates an emotional connection to your client. Hearing about your client’s injuries cannot be compared to physically watching your client struggle to regain independence. After jury members see how hard your client works to perform daily tasks both with help and independently, they will likely be touched on an emotional level, making them more likely to be sympathetic toward your client when it comes time to make decisions.
Video is one of the most powerful tools we have in our arsenal. The expert Certified Legal Video Specialists (CLVS) at Shereck Video work closely with you to make sure you get the high-quality legal videos you need. The next time you have a case involving Activities of Daily Living, make sure to get them on video to make your case even stronger!