Richman Quoted in Long Island Business News’ article entitled, “Technology On Trial”

March 19, 2017 | Complex Torts & Product Liability | Medical Malpractice Defense

David Richman was quoted in a recent Long Island Business News article entitled, “Technology On Trial.”

In the article, written by Brittany Bernstein, David discusses how technology is especially helpful in his field to explain the science involved in his cases to juries more simply.

“If you think about it, Twitter has trained us to look to get information in a very, very quick, short, concise manner.  Those lessons are definitely important to take into the courtroom.  You don’t want to look like you’re beating somebody up with technology.  It needs to be within the context of the presentation.”

David went on to explain that there are special considerations involved in using technology, particularly the practicalities  of courtroom set-ups, as many courtrooms are still not wired for technology due to lack of funding.  The steep expense makes it imperative that any models, accident reconstructions or animations that are created by completely accurate.

“It it’s not accurate, there’s a very good chance you’re going to have spent $10,000 to $15,000 and the other side will object because it doesn’t accurately depict [the situation] and you won’t be able to use it.  You have to be mindful of not wasting time and money.”

Another problem with using technology is that it requires rehearsal, and even then, things can quickly go south during a trial

“A jury might give you five seconds to [fix a problem], but after that you better have your act together.  If you feel that’s not going to work for you, don’t do it.  You’ll lose your jury,” David said.

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