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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Opening Statements in Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits - The Appetizer

This is part 2 of my 4 part series on Texas jury trials involving personal injury lawsuits.  Part 1 focused on voir dire - the process of jury selection.  The second stage after the jury is selected and impaneled in a Texas personal injury lawsuit is the opening statements.

I like to think of opening statements as providing the jury a high quality appetizer to the full course meal that involves presenting an effective case to the jury during a trial.  The goal of an effective personal injury jury trial is to persuasively present your client's case to the jury, the injustice that has occurred, and to provide the jury the plan to cure such injustice.

After the jury is impaneled, the Judge will read the jury a set of instructions (rules) to follow during their jury service.  Once this has been completed, the Judge will begin opening statements.  Each party's attorney will be given the chance to present an opening statement, with the attorney for the Plaintiff(s) going first, and the attorney(s) for each Defendant to follow.

Whether your case involves a car accident, trucking accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, work related accident, premise liability accident, or any civil litigation, the purpose of the opening statement for the personal injury lawyer is to further discuss what your client's case is about and to provide a roadmap to the jury as to what you expect to prove during trial and what you beleve the evidence will show.  But most importantly, the opening statement is the attorney's chance to build further rapport with the jury members and to humanize his or her client.  An effective opening statement should be succint, and the attorney should make sure that he or she makes eye contact with every single member of the jury panel during his or her statement.  An effective and persuasive personal injury lawyer should further describe his or her client and provide a quick and intriguing taste of the tragic circumstances involving his or her client's injuries.

If you have suffered serious personal injury or lost a loved one due to wrongful death in an automobile accident, trucking accident, eighteen wheeler accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, or work related accident, call Corpus Christi Tx Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Sheadyn R. Rogers of the Law Offices of Sheadyn R. Rogers, P.C. d/b/a Rogers Law Firm at (361) 356-6057 today for expert legal help.

Rogers Law Firm helps victims of serious personal injury throughout South Texas and the Corpus Christi, Tx metroplex.

All parts of the series are available for your review under Blog Categories Trials in the Rogers Law Blog.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Voir Dire: Picking a Jury May Win Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

If you have been injured in an automobile accident, trucking accident, eighteen wheeler accident, motorcycle accident, construction accident, work related accident, by a defective product, by an unsafe premises, or any accident caused by the negligence of another party, and your personal injury lawsuit does not settle, you and your attorney will most likely proceed to a jury trial. Entire books have been written, lectures have been spoken, and law schools have been built on teaching the process and different stages of the jury trial, including voir dire. Voir dire, the very first stage of a jury trial, may win or lose your personal injury lawsuit.

Voir Dire

Voir dire is latin and means "to speak the truth." It is the first stage of a jury trial in which the attorneys are permitted to ask questions of the panel members (potential jurors) to determine who would or would not be a fair and just juror for the civil lawsuit.

The process typically begins early Monday morning on your trial date when a panel of citizens in your County arrives at the Courthouse for jury duty. Most of these citizens are initially thinking of ways to get out of jury duty and get back to their lives as soon as possible. However, many panel members and eventual jurors become quite interested in the process once they hear about the case because jury duty tends to provide a sense of importance and empowerment to many individuals (it really is an important service to our free country).


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