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« It shows how we assess the value of the monetary compensation sought for loss of financial support, consortium and the enjoyment of life itself » Koskoff




In the United States, when someone dies as a result of the negligence or liability of another person-medical malpractice, a highway accident, murder-a wrongful death lawsuit, seeking monetary damages for the loss of financial or emotional support, may be filed by surviving family members.
Over $100 billion in such personal injury compensation, or « damages, » is paid each year.

DAMAGES goes inside the offices of Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder, one of the biggest American law firms specializing in such lawsuits. The film observes the lawyers as they meet with the families of victims, examine documents, gauge the strengths and weaknesses of each case, try to put a value on a life ended prematurely, and decide on a legal strategy.

A film directed by Thomas Balmès (Director, Author, Director of Photography, Producer)

Year of production: 2005

Length: 79

Production: Margot Films, Maha Productions, Making Movies

Broadcasters: France 2, BBC, RTBF Belgium, RTSR Switzerland, YLE2 Finland, SVT Sweden, TV2 Danmark, HOS Netherlands, SBS Australy, Documentary Channel (Canada)

With the support of: Procirep-Angoa, CNC and MEDIA


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