What The Jury Cares Most About In A Personal Injury Case?

It is a widely held misconception that when you file a personal injury lawsuit, the judge decides your case. But, unless the case is tried to the bench in what is called a “bench trial”, it is normally a jury who will decide not only if you will prevail in your lawsuit but also the amount of damages you will receive.

This article discusses what the jury cares most about in a personal injury case. Furthermore, it examines which factors will be considered in determining if the defendant will be held liable to compensate you for your injuries. This information can help you determine if you have the necessary evidence to support your claim for compensation.

The Jury’s Role In a Personal Injury Case

In most personal injury cases, the jury is the trier of fact or the person(s) responsible for deciding who is telling the truth. In this capacity, the jury must decide whose version of the events and whose witness testimony they find most believable.

The jury must then decide if you have proven your case beyond a preponderance of evidence. This means that they must decide if the evidence in favor of your case outweighs the evidence against it.

Finally, the jury must decide an appropriate amount to compensate you for injuries. This entails assessing your own percentage of fault, if any, as well as, the veracity of your damage claims, including your medical expenses (past and future), lost wages, future lost earnings, property damage, pain and suffering etc.

What Matters Most to The Jury in a Personal Injury Case?

The basis of any personal injury claim is the evidence. Once all the facts have been presented, the jury will evaluate the evidence, with respect to the law. Then, as far as the facts support your claim, they will award you damages in an amount appropriate to compensate you fairly for your injuries.

Juries decide cases based on the facts, not the law. They don’t want to be lectured on the proximate and intervening causes, they want to hear, for example, how the defendant’s reckless driving caused you to run off the road and hit the guardrail. What they want to know is:

  • Who did what to whom
  • Why they did it
  • What led up to it
  • What character strengths and flaws played a role
  • What were the consequences
  • Who helped and who hindered the investigation
  • Who witnessed the accident
  • How we can know a key witness is being truthful
  • What makes your witnesses right and their witnesses wrong

It is important to the jury in a personal injury trial that the facts are consistent with your version of events and the evidence you present to the court. Thus, it is important that you be represented by an attorney skilled at knowing which evidence might be inadmissible, inconsistent with the weight of other evidence, confusing to the jury, or simply useless to your case.

 

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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