The vast majority of personal injury cases never make it to trial because they are settled out of court. However, for those few that do make it, it is important that their personal injury attorney understands jury selection. Keep reading to find out about three of the most common juror types and what they could mean for your personal injury case.
- A Juror Who Does Not Feel One Way or Another about Your Case
- A Juror Who Has Feelings and Biases Against Your Case
- A Juror Who Isn’t Sure if They Have Strong Feelings About the Case
When we talk to the pool of jurors and ask them questions, we are looking for several things – the most important of which is whether they have pre-conceived ideas about your case. The perfect juror is one that does not feel positively or negatively about you. They have no personal biases that would affect your case. We are essentially looking for this juror – the perfect juror who will listen to the case and decide based on the merits of said case.
If we can determine that there is a juror in your case that has strong feelings about your case, then we will work to have them excused from the case. Remember that it only takes one person to have a hugely negative influence on how the trial turns out for you. When we talk to jurors, we may ask them to tell us how strongly they feel about the case on a scale of one to ten. We are not just listening for the number but the tone of their voice.
If they seem to be angry or annoyed at the question, then we may determine that they have strong feelings about your case. It could be that you are suing after a car accident and they were sued for a similar accident, or you are suing after a dog bite and they have had to put a dog down after it bit someone. These jurors are not likely to be able to judge your case fairly and without bias.
This juror needs to be watched just as closely as the juror who is open about having strong opinions. Why? Because this person can be the deciding factor in your case. We use questions in this case that offer no resistance or hostility to find out if they have feelings against the case.
The good news is that you do not need to be an expert on jury selection – that is what your attorney is for. If you are in need of a free legal consultation then we welcome your call to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000. We are happy to listen to the specifics of your case to find the right way forward. Call us now and let us get started.