The job of an attorney, or a litigator, is to make a case for their clients and present evidence that supports their argument.
The type of evidence available and permissible in court has significantly changed throughout time, and lawyers have become very creative in the way that they present their findings to a jury or a judge. One of the most prominent and prevalent tools that have gained popularity among litigators is legal animations.
Trial graphics, charts, and drawings on a whiteboard have been used for years in courtrooms across the world to explain a case or present complex evidence better. Still, legal animations have significantly progressed over the last couple of years, and use in trial and mediation continues to rise.
Using legal animations during litigation or arbitration can dramatically increase an audience’s understanding of complex issues and help retain information.
As technology continues to evolve and become more sophisticated legal animations are becoming more popular, readily available, and cost-efficient. This means that more lawyers are using this approach in their work.
Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all people are visual learners versus audio learners?
This means that most people are more likely to understand and retain information that they receive visually rather than just listening to a lecture or a speech. Simply put, the human brain processes and comprehends visual information much more efficiently than non-visual methods.
Here are a few reasons and statistics that explain why:
- 90% of the information our brain processes is visual
- Visual data is processed up to 60,000 times faster than text
- Humans can remember up to 80% of what they see, 10% of what they hear and 20% of what they read
- Three days after being presented with new information, a person will only remember ten percent of it. However, if this information was combined with an attention-grabbing visual, then a person could remember as much as 65% of it.
Incorporating visual exhibits like legal animations into your litigation process can have a very significant and powerful impact on your case’s outcome. A well-presented visual has the power to give a judge, jury, or mediator the ability to comprehend materials that are more complicated or technical.
When information is visually presented, it allows the audience to remember key elements, data points, and essential takeaways of the legal arguments that take hours to present.
If you take into consideration how much information our brains are bombarded with regularly, you will notice how much of this is visual and digital – we always have our heads buried in a computer, tablet, smartphone, e-reader, television, or other devices. Humans have become hardwired to receive information this way, and now that courtrooms are equipped with the technology necessary to share graphics and legal animations, it’s straightforward to incorporate these tools into practice.
How Legal Animations Help in Trial
Legal animations in the form of illustrations, graphics, 3D animation, and more are handy in practice areas like personal injury, transportation, medical malpractice, product liability, and patent infringement.
Some of the most common scenarios when legal animations are currently used include:
- Cases that are very complex and contain a lot of technical information
- When you need to show the moving parts of a piece of equipment or machinery
- When time, motion or speed needs to be slowed down to explain what happened
- When expert testimony can be challenging to visualize
- When it is not possible to recreate the events or if you need to explore a specific scenario from different angles
- When a clear and visual timeline needs to be established
Legal animations can reconstruct accidents, travel through a facility, interactively present data, charts, graphs, or timelines, and even break down the human body to enhance understanding. This type of technology adds a particular element of sophistication to a presentation made in court. It can also be helpful to an attorney who is preparing for mediation, settlement negotiations, or focus groups.
To produce a legal animation, you will need to work with an experienced animator who can create high-quality graphics and animations. Our team will obtain witness and expert testimony, police reports, schematics, photographs, blueprints, maps and satellite images, and any other relevant information before they begin putting together computer-generated and 3D graphics and animations.
By utilizing all of the information available in a case, we ensure that our work is life-like and as close to the real thing as possible – this ensures that the legal animation you require for your case is believable and admissible in court.
Legal Animation Services
At Courtroom Animation, we’ve very proud to share that we have a 99% admittance rate in more than 1,600 cases, and we have successfully helped to secure more than $750 million in favorable verdicts and settlements for our clients. We provide a wide range of legal animation services to our clients and will work directly with you to ensure that you have what you need to reach a successful outcome.
Here are some of the legal animation services that we offer that can positively influence the outcome of your next case:
Legal animations can also be referred to as courtroom or trial animations, and these are visual exhibits that support verbal testimony, expert data, and other evidence. Our animations are vivid, high quality, and accurate to ensure that they will hold the interest of a judge or jury for the entirety of your presentation. Not only that, but with aesthetically pleasing animations, they are more likely to retain the information they are presented with until it is time to reach a verdict.
Using illustrations during a presentation helps clarify and enhance the argument that is being made so that there is no room for interpretation or misunderstanding. This is a beautiful, budget-friendly option that can be used in any case where you need to educate a jury on a complex concept.
Charts and graphs have been used in courtrooms for a very long time, but in today’s modern age, we present graphics that are elevated, clear, and attractive. Whether you need timelines, document summaries, infographics, diagrams, maps, or other graphics, we can create compelling trial graphics that are easy to understand, accurate, and pleasing to look at.
3D Laser Scanning
Since most of us are primarily visual learners, we work hard to provide some of the most advanced legal animations services to our clients, including 3D laser scanning. 3D laser scanning is a very advanced technology that digitally captures the shape of a physical object to ensure that our content is scientifically correct and consistent with 100% accuracy.
Apart from our expertise in producing high-quality legal animations, we offer witness consulting services to our clients. Our team has excellent experience in successfully testifying to the authenticity of our work during depositions and in trial settings.
You’ve undoubtedly heard the saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words” – and at Courtroom Animation, we take this statement to the next level by creating compelling and persuasive legal animations that help our clients achieve successful verdicts in trial and mediation.
Whether you are working on a complicated or straightforward case, it is always important to be equipped with a range of tools to help you deliver an argument that will not only share the facts of a situation but also ensure that the judge and jury understand every aspect of the case and retain the information until the end of the trial.
There are many statistics and studies that show that humans are primarily visual learners and are more likely to remember information shared with them both verbally and in graphic form. Legal animations are a service that can only serve as a helpful tool during trial or mediation; they won’t hurt your case in any way.
The bottom line is that visuals are an invaluable asset for lawyers to win arguments and to achieve favorable legal outcomes. Seeing is believing, and we can help shape the most important aspects of your case into a narrative that will let your audience not only comprehend and understand the facts of the situation but also believe your argument.
When you work with our team at Courtroom Animation, you will receive guidance, support, and expert recommendations on the type of legal animations that will be most effective for your case. If you are curious to learn more about legal animations and the services that we offer, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also connect with us and follow us on Facebook or Instagram to look into our team, client case studies, testimonials, and so much more.
We look forward to speaking with you and working with you soon!