Timelines (Part 1)
Timelines have proven to be an instrumental tool in conveying complex information formatted to be easily digestible and understandable. In this series, we look at how timelines are designed and developed for use in the courtroom, in mediation, and/or during the discovery process.
One or More?
A timeline tells a story, whether it relates to liability, causation or damages. It captures the key evidence in this case, including documents, testimony, graphics, graphs, photos or embedded videos.
Timelines can be static or interactive graphics, blown up on large boards, or electronically displayed.
Liability, Causation and Damages
Timelines come to life when sequencing your stories. The liability timeline lays out the facts of an event, based on physical evidence, witness testimony or investigatory findings. Both plaintiffs and defendants are attempting to emphasize how the evidence leads to rational conclusions about the case. A causation timeline can be a visually compelling display of a critical chain of events, revealing what happened and when, who knew what, and what was done or not. And when summarizing damages, particularly relating to medical care, a timeline provides a detailed and comprehensive overview of what transpired from the time of injury through rehabilitation and a return home.
Finally, timelines can prove to be quite effective in capturing key evidence related to punitive damages. Often the evidence concentrates on what was known by the defendants, when they knew it, and how that critical knowledge or experience may have been either ignored or covered up.