Posted By Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC
At the end of the day, most
personal injury cases are decided not by lawyers or judges or insurance companies, but by juries.
If a lawsuit doesn’t settle, the parties must have a trial to decide
the issues. Although the parties can agree to have their case decided
by a judge, they have a right to a trial by jury. Most parties exercise
Jurors are drawn from the area where the case is being tried. The area,
called the venue, can be one county or several counties. The jury coordinator
for the venue draws the names of potential jurors from a list registered
voters, licensed drivers, and persons who have been issued state identification
cards in the venue. The pool of potential jurors is supposed to be a cross-section
of people from the venue.
It is ultimately this cross-section that decides the fate of personal injury
cases. For this reason, it is important to know what these people think
of your case before going to trial. This is what a focus group is for.
We try and replicate the makeup of the jury who will ultimately decide
our cases and ask them as early as possible in the case what they think
of it. This allows us to focus our efforts, explore new areas of investigation,
or even turn a case down if the focus group doesn’t like it.