FIND AND USE PHOTO- GRAPHS AND VIDEOS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE TIP NO. 9 REMAIN INVOLVED, POSITIVE AND HOPEFUL TIP NO. 10 People want to help those who help themselves. What does this mean? It means if your opponent, a mediator, or a juror sees that you’ve gone through this horrific ordeal, yet have maintained a positive attitude, have been involved and active in your recovery, and have taken steps to get back on your feet, they will be more apt to reward you. Put another way, if the people who are going to give you money get the sense that you are sitting back and just going for the ride, milking it, or feeling sorry for yourself, they may not want to help you on a human level, let alone on a financial level. Also, when an insurance company settles a case for a large amount of money or a jury awards a huge verdict, they want to know you’re going to use that money to heal yourself, take care of your family, and to right the wrongs you’ve suffered. On the other hand, if they sense you’re a malingerer hoping to profit from an accident, do you think they’ll award you a lot of money? Not a chance. Be involved, stay positive, and carry an aura of hope for justice and people will be far more willing to help you succeed. TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE INJURED 17 Showing your opponent, a mediator, or a jury your pre-accident life to establish a baseline is essential. All serious accidents change the course and trajectory of someone’s life. A traumatic brain injury to a high school student will set them on a course far different than what was previously expected. A loss of limb to a construction worker will likely end their ability to work in that field and alter their life’s journey tremendously. To show the discrepancy between your pre-accident and post-accident life, photographs and videos speak volumes. They are without a doubt some of the most powerful tools at mediation, during settlement negotiations, and at trial. Telling a stranger, like a juror, how great your life was before the accident carries some weight but showing them a picture or video of you at a wedding, birthday party, graduation, playing with your kids, or holding up a race number after running a 5k can be very profound. As such, it’s essential to find and to show these types of pictures to your trial lawyers. Moreover, pictures and video of your accident, the injuries sustained, and your treatment and recovery process are also extremely powerful. Saying something hurt is one thing, but showing the injuries is another. Pictures and video land with far more gravity and force than words. Our firm typically produces “day in the life” videos that put together photos, videos, and much more into an impactful video production. TOP 10 TIPS FOR THE SERIOUSL Y INJURED 800-818-1818 • DominguezFirm.com