This month, we will be looking at things that we cannot tell the jury during a trial. It is truly unfortunate that as the party with the burden of proof, meaning the party that has to prove everything by a standard more likely true than not, that we cannot tell the jury the truth. I absolutely believe that the jury, during a trial, will start wondering about things that they are not told. Because of this I am always concerned that my client will bear the brunt of not being able to be forthright and get all the information across during the trial. It is one of the many ways an experienced personal injury lawyer can make sure your rights are protected as best they can be under the law.
In most cases, the only issue is what would properly provide for the plaintiff under the law. Consequently, when jurors go outside the law and do not provide for pain and suffering or do not adequately provide for damages, they do not really provide for justice. Each and every line of the verdict form needs to be looked at specifically and if the evidence is provided, it needs to be properly filled in. Negotiations behind the scenes or tradeoffs as to numbers is not the way the system is supposed to work. It is the plaintiff’s only day in court and only chance to get what justice should provide.
If you, your family or someone you know is going to trial in a personal injury case, you need to have an experienced trial lawyer on your side with success in helping people who are injured through no fault of their own. Because of all the potential ways that the insurance companies can take advantage, you need to know what your rights are and the best way to try your case.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.