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What can the team at DK Global do for my case?

Our team works with you to generate visual strategies and custom case specific forensic animation to take your case theory to the next level.

With compelling, cutting-edge presentations, we have tapped into a visual formula which has aided attorneys in obtaining multi-million-dollar settlements, verdicts, and judgments on behalf of their clients.

We know your cases often contain large amounts of complicated material the mediating party or jury must comprehend. So, what do you do when you feel the message you need to convey is missing something? Visuals are the answer.

Whether you are looking for more information or you want to talk strategy for your next case, we are here to help.

What is the investment?

An investment in the range of $15,000-$20,000 has traditionally tripled a settlement, verdict or judgment awarded!

You can get started by connecting with an experienced visual consultant on our team who is dedicated to your project from start to finish.

What do I need to get started?

Do you have an OP report? Do you have a CT scan? Do you have a police report?

In our over 20 years of experience we’ve learned to streamline the process and make it easy for our clients. We have service-specific options which means you don’t need to send us every document on your case. The bottom line is that we’re a great resource for your case and we’re here to help.

How long can I expect the process to take for creating a 3D animation or a medical illustration?

You can expect a 30 to 45-day turnaround for our team to create a custom visual presentation or forensic animation and the Day in the Life video of your client.

What if I need it sooner than 30 days?

You’re in good hands — we work on rush cases all the time. Our team is available 24/7 and on-call as needed to complete a project on time for your mediation, the deposition of your expert, or in preparation for trial. Please note that there is an additional fee for rush orders so we encourage you to contact us right away at 909.747.0201 to discuss your case.

Is there a fee to get started?

We do require a deposit because we get started on working to support your case right away.

Do I need an expert witness?

Consider the well-known adage “It’s better to have than to want”.  We’ve worked with expert witnesses in a broad range of specializations spanning the medical field to the construction yard. We also have expert witness contacts whom we can confidently recommend— experienced experts we’ve worked with who understand our process and would help streamline the creation of your visual presentation or forensic animation.

The best animations help show the jury that which they can’t readily see. When an animation either slows down an event to make it understandable or allows views into physical objects that are too big or small to see, that animation will definitely help the case.

Why choose the team at DK Global?

Experience counts and you can trust our 20 years of working with expert witnesses and attorneys. If an animation is not to the proper scale, or it is based on incorrect information, or it’s simply materially wrong, then the animation becomes useless and the poorly conceived animation can be used by the other side to help prove their case.

When animations are made with the aid of an expert and created by our highly skilled DK Global team, they are extremely valuable. We help guide the process of creating the animation — which forces counsel and the expert to precisely visualize the case — often helping counsel and the expert hone their theories and strengthen the case.

Does a visual presentation or 3D animation qualify as admissible evidence?

Animations are generally considered to be demonstrative evidence, as they are usually offered as a visual aid in support of witness testimony. See, e.g., People v. Cauley, 32 P.3d 602, 606–07 (Colo. Ct. App. 2001); Hinkle v. City of Clarksburg, 81 F.3d 416, 425 (4th Cir. 1996) (citing Datskow v. Teledyne Continental Motors Aircraft Prods., 826 F. Supp. 677, 686 (W.D.N.Y. 1993)).

Animations do not purport to be scientific recreations of actual events, but rather visual representations of a witness’ recollection or understanding of events. Clark v. Cantrell, 529 S.E.2d 528, 535 (S.C. 2000). Nonetheless, a thoughtfully conceived animation can have a considerable impact on jurors’ understanding of an event at issue in the litigation.

We also create forensic animations that qualify as simulations. Simulations are generally considered to be substantive evidence. Id. at 535 n.2; see also Commonwealth v. Serge, 896 A.2d 1170, 1175 (Pa. 2006) (using the animation/simulation distinction). Simulations are computer-generated models or reconstructions based on scientific principles and actual data relevant to the events giving rise to the litigation. Harris v. State, 13 P.3d 489, 494 n.6 (Okla. Ct. Crim. App. 2000), cert. denied, 532 U.S. 1025, 121 S. Ct. 1971 (2001) (citing Kristin L. Fulcher, Comment, The Jury as Witness: Forensic Computer Animation Transports Jurors to the Scene of a Crime or Automobile Accident, 22 U. Dayton L. Rev., 55, 58 (1996)). Whereas animations are depictions of fact witness testimony, simulations can give rise to expert testimony.

There are some common objections to animation and simulation evidence that counsel should anticipate (and employ). Because simulations are generally offered in the context of expert testimony, challenges to this evidence often will be made in the context of Daubert motion practice.

Computer-generated evidence is also usually generated late in the course of pre-trial preparations, and therefore counsel should disclose the evidence within a reasonable time before trial to forestall timeliness objections.

For more on the topic, please refer to:
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/products-liability/practice/2018/using-computer-generated-animation-simulation-evidence-at-trial/

Is the cost recoverable?

Absolutely! Wise attorneys utilizing our visual presentations and forensic animations have been awarded over $500 million in settlements, verdicts, and judgments and your case could be next.

See Bender v. County of Los Angeles, Cal. App. 2d Dist. (July 9, 2013). https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/publications/litigation-news/top-stories/2013/recovering-trial-technology-costs/

I am ready!

Great! Connect with your dedicated visual consultant now at 909.747.0201 or submit this form.

Written by: Nika Hogue Operations Manager
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