Mediation Presentations - Why Power Points / Multimedia Presentations Make a Difference
Many of our prior blog articles discuss why multimedia presentations, power point presentations and keynote presentations are important when presenting to a jury - giving them the technology that they want. However, we would like to discuss why multimedia power point style presentations can only help you during your mediation. Similar to juries, mediators and opposing counsel are use to the usual dog and pony dance - A mediator receives a report on the case from each side, each side does opening statements or a summary of their clients case, you move into caucus and then try to settle the case. This happens over and over and over again. Why not give them something different? Something that catches EVERYONE's attention? Something that clearly states that you are ready for trial and your case is solid?
What else do you have up your sleeve? If anything. The reality is that most defendants and most insurance adjusters have seen it all. They are simply going through the motions at mediation. More likely than not, the adjuster has read the pre-trial report, the deposition reports and the interim reports from the attorney, but the adjuster has not: 1) read the depositions themselves; 2) looked at the medical records himself; 3) reviewed the films themselves. In most cases, the adjuster is relying on the information provided by the insurance defense counsel. Accordingly, if they have the portrayed the case in a light by making it more favorable to the defense, you will not likely see much offered in mediation. In addition, the value that they have given your case is much lower than you have given your case , because they do not have the entire picture.
MAKE SURE THE ADJUSTER GETS THE ENTIRE PICTURE AT MEDIATION!
Having a clear and convincing mediation settlement presentations is key. Showing the adjuster that are you not only ready to go to trial the next day because all of your ducks are in a row, but incorporate key information that the insurance defense attorney has not provided to the adjuster. I know it may be hard to believe but ... adjusters are people to. It would be wise to incorporate a day in the life video into your mediation presentation to get to the adjuster's humanity. Make the adjuster understand that the injuries is not just a number that you punch into your computer program to calculate the potential value of the case.
APVisuals creates persuasive, clear, and powerful interactive mediation presentations that capture the attention of adjusters, mediators, and opposing counsel. We work together with our clients in order to create multimedia presentations that are custom tailored for your case. This includes incorporating some of our other services such as medical illustrations, 3D animations, video depositions and infographics into our interactive presentations. APVisuals uses state of the art technology to produce clear and compelling multimedia presentations that help attorneys present their cases seamlessly.
Here are some strategies that we try to incorporate into mediation presentations for maximum impact:
Timelines to explain complex, date/fact intense cases. Also for medical malpractice cases where the timeline could be crucial for failure to diagnose or treat cases.
Medical illustrations to explain complex surgeries, injuries and permanent damage.
Video deposition excerpts or, in the alternative, deposition call outs.
Aerial video/drone video is dealing with a property.
By using all these visual tools, you are ensuring not only your preparation for mediation, but also trial. If mediation is not a success, then these visuals can also be used for trial. You would have had at least one dry run with the visuals before trial. Accordingly, opposing counsel knows you are ready for trial.
If you are headed to mediation in the near future, please contact us to discuss. We look forward to working with you on your next case.