The Power of Litigation Animation In and Out of the Courtroom

The Power of Litigation Animation - A Blog Post by Courtroom Animation

Litigation is truly a form of art.

To be successful in the courtroom a legal team needs to persuasively explain what happened in a case and convince a judge or jury of the facts.

When you are in court there are many things that happen – you have the opportunity to present evidence in the form of photographs, charts and documents, and you can also interview witnesses and obtain expert testimony to further explain the situation.

This is where Courtroom Animation can step in and help you take your presentation to the next level with 3D legal animations, interactive exhibits and illustrations.

The biggest challenge in litigation is presenting the facts of a case in front of a judge and jury in a way that will help them not only understand the information, but also retain it.

Litigation animation helps to connect physical evidence and testimony in a way that makes sense to the audience, and our professionals can create 3D legal animations that can accurately showcase exactly what happened.

How Does a Legal Animation Help a Case?

Trial graphics, charts and photographs have always had a place in the courtroom as evidence, but as technology improves many litigators have come to realize that modern graphics and animation are becoming increasingly helpful in litigation.

Using legal animation does not make up for poor communication or replace evidence and testimony, rather this is a visual tool to help boost the likelihood of winning a case by increasing the understanding and retention of information.

Visual aids like legal animations are beneficial in the courtroom because most people can retain information better when it is shown to them rather than only verbally explained.

There are various studies, statistics and facts that support the science behind using litigation animation and graphics as visual aids in and out of the courtroom:

  • Most jurors, and many judges, are visual learners who process visual information better than verbal explanations
  • Visual aids are known to increase persuasion as 90% of the information our brain processes is visual
  • Visual information can be 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.
  • A study developed in 1946 known as the Wechsler Memory Scale has become a standardized measure of memory that can gauge everything from the progression of Alzheimer’s to juror memory and retention. This study has been used to show that most people will quickly forget nearly two-thirds of what they hear.
  • A study on visual evidence published in 2010 shows that visual aids used in legal arguments and courtroom presentations enhance juror attention and improve the recollection of important facts and information.
  • The Broda-Bahm study, published in 2011, states that displaying evidence in the form of graphics and animation in addition to verbally explaining facts throughout the presentation is more engaging and will encourage a jury to actively pay more attention to the argument.

When is Litigation Animation Necessary?

If you or your client has experienced any of the following situations, legal animation could be very beneficial for your case:

  • Collisions
  • Personal injury
  • Architectural or construction defect
  • Product defect
  • Any combination of the above scenarios
  • Medical malpractice

Our team will provide you with the tools and enhanced visuals to help you show the court exactly what happened. The legal animations we create can transport the jury straight to the scene of an accident so they can see exactly what happened and understand the exact point of collision.

In a medical case we can break down the human body into great detail to highlight injuries and explain any subsequent surgeries – we can help you show the court something that they wouldn’t normally be able to see.

We have proudly worked with more than 500 law firms, with both defendants and plaintiffs and helped to secure over $750 million in favorable verdicts and settlements.

Here’s what we promise to provide for our clients:

Defendants

  • Prove negligence: we will prove how the actions of the plaintiff caused or contributed to his or her own plight
  • Emphasize the facts: we will deliver the facts in a cohesive narrative while staying distant from any emotions or shock reactions
  • Create a lasting impression: the jury will never forget the exhibit that pieced the entire case together

Plaintiffs

  • Prove Negligence: we will prove which actions the defendant could have and should have taken
  • Show client’s pain & suffering: we ensure that the jury will feel exactly what happened to a client, and what could happen in the future
  • Create a memorable story: the jury will always remember the exhibit that pieced a client’s story together

Learn More About Litigation Animation

Our team is committed to providing our clients with the highest quality legal animation necessary to win a case.

Contact us for more information today – we will be more than happy to assist you and answer any initial questions. 

SOURCES
Visual Evidence study by Neal Feigenson
Enhancing Juror Comprehension & Memory Retention
Broda-Bahm Study, 2011