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ARGUING DAMAGES TO A JURY

ARGUING DAMAGES TO A JURY

  There are many approaches to arguing damages. Some are more appropriate to the facts of a case then others and there is no one approach that fits all cases. While research indicates the benefit of always suggesting the verdict amount you are asking for, keep in mind in some states lawyers are not allowed to suggest a dollar amount as a jury verdict. Washington allows lawyers to do so and there is no exception for a case where it…

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UNDERSTANDING THE REALITY OF SUFFERING FROM INJURY

UNDERSTANDING THE REALITY OF SUFFERING FROM INJURY

Both temporary and permanent injuries usually result in suffering. Lawyers who represent clients with injuries need to try to understand, as much as possible, the consequences of suffering clients endure. Here are some factors to consider in that regard. Past suffering impacts our future life enjoyment  Everyone is the product of their past experiences. Past experiences which involve injury and medical treatment can influence not just our present life, but carry over into our future as well.  Past experiences can…

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“DON’T TRY TO DESCRIBE A KISS CONCERT IF YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT”  

“DON’T TRY TO DESCRIBE A KISS CONCERT IF YOU’VE NEVER SEEN IT”  

 The title of this column is from lyrics written by the singer & song writer Jimmy Buffett in his song Manana. Why am I quoting it here? Because it captures a great truth plaintiff trial lawyers must learn. That truth is until we fully understand our client’s injuries and their impact we are not prepared to represent them as they deserve. We need to have empathy with our client’s situation. What’s the best way to do this? Meet with and…

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