What is a Jury?
The majority of us picture legal proceedings involving crimes like murder when we think of trials conducted by juries. However, in Georgia, the decisions regarding civil cases are also made by juries. This indicates that any and all personal injury lawsuits that are filed in the state of Georgia have the potential to be tried in front of a jury.
There are some states where this is not the case. The Seventh Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the right to a trial by jury in civil cases; however, this provision is typically interpreted to only apply to cases that involve the federal government. It has been left up to the individual states to decide how to handle civil cases because the vast majority of them are filed at the state level. You have the right to a trial by jury in the state of Georgia, whereas, in many other states, the final decision in any civil case is made by a judge.
What Impact Will a Jury Trial Have on My Case?
Both benefits and drawbacks are associated with jury trials. You, as the plaintiff in a personal injury case, are responsible for proving, with the assistance of your attorney, that you suffered an injury or other damages and that these damages were brought on by the negligent actions of the defendant. However, the jury that you are sitting in judgment of is not comprised of legal professionals. They are twelve people from the community, and in many instances, the first impression you give in court is just as significant as the evidence that is presented.
It’s possible for the following to have an impact on the jury:
Prejudice: Due to some inherent bias, the jury does not take the severity of your injury seriously.
Sympathy: When the jury has a particular soft spot for you due to the fact that they have sympathy for the hardships you have endured.
During the process known as “voir dire,” your attorney can assist in removing biased jurors from the panel. A skilled attorney can also help you prepare to make the most favorable impression on the judge and jury as is possible.
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you’d want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If your case has to go to trial, you’ll need an attorney to help prepare your case and fight for your rights.
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