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The Verdict and Post Trial Motions in Personal Injury Litigation

THE VERDICT

Now it is the jury’s turn to get active. After possibly years of waiting, countless phone calls, letters, doctors’ visits, consultations with your lawyer, pretrial preparation, and the grueling drama of the trial, the jury finally has the case, and your legal fate, in its hands. The answer to the question, How much? may be just minutes away.

Sometimes the verdict comes back…

Making Objections in Litigation

Objections in General

Objections have other uses as well. Sometimes trial lawyers object to questions that are probably proper simply to send a message to the witness that the question is one of particular importance. The objection communicates to the witness that he or she needs to take extra care in formulating the answer. The objection gives the witness a couple of extra moments to do just…

Standard Objections in Personal Injury Litigation

OBJECTIONS

Objections are the trial lawyer’s tool for preventing the admission of unfair evidence for the jury’s consideration. Some of the most frequently made objections are that the question is leading, irrelevant, beyond the scope, argumentative, assumes a fact not in evidence, or has been asked and answered.

Leading Questions

A leading question is one that improperly leads t…

Proving Causation in Personal Injury Litigation

CAUSATION

It is not enough to show that a defendant engaged in negligent or careless conduct. To recover in a personal injury case, you must prove not just negligence, but also that this negligence was the legal cause of your injuries. Legal cause is shown if the negligence was a substantial factor in producing the harm. An act is not considered a substantial factor in producing the harm if…

Burden of Proof in Personal Injury Litigation

Burden of Proof

Insurance company lawyers love to talk to juries about how the plaintiff has the burden of proof in personal injury cases. This is true, but generally rather meaningless. The burden of proof in civil cases requires you, the injured plaintiff, to prove your case by a preponderance of the evidence. To win in a personal injury case, your evidence needs merely to outweigh, by any…

How an Attorney Picks a Jury for a Personal Injury Case

Your Attorney’s Role

The first set of questions your lawyer will ask may involve whether any of the potential jurors know you or the defendant, any of the witnesses in the case, the attorneys, or the judge, or if any of the jurors have heard anything about the case. This kind of knowledge probably excludes an individual from sitting on the jury, since they may have preconceived notions about…

Suing Jameis Winston, Suing Dennis Rodman, Suing Charles Barkley

The operation was successful, but the patient died. This is how a litigant feels after getting a judgment against an uninsured defendant from whom it is impossible to collect. When settling a personal injury claim with an insured defendant, a government entity or a wealthy company or person, you can count on collecting.  When settling with the vast majority of uninsured defendants, you can count…

Statutes of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases-Part 2

NOTE: This list is only a starting point in your research. If you are concerned about a statute of limitation, you should either contact a personal injury lawyer in your state or go to a law library and look up the statutory section cited in this list.

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Statutes of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases

This blog explores the initial stages of the lawsuit process. It examines statutes of limitations deadlines, choice of trials, choice of venue, and the initial legal filings you can expect from the insurance company or individual or entity you have sued.

STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS

A sad moment for lawyer and client occurs when it becomes clear that a statute of limitations deadline has…

Releases and Personal Injury Settlements

It is absolutely unethical for a lawyer to fail to immediately notify the client of any settlement offers. Even if the offer is extremely low, the client must be notified and given the option of accepting the offer. Some lawyers may withhold this information out of fear that the client will force the acceptance of a low offer. Perhaps the client is desperate for cash. The lawyer may feel that t…

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