What to Expect At A Personal Injury Trial
Finding an experienced trial lawyer in New Jersey is important for those suffering from personal injury. After one’s claim has been accepted as valid and can proceed, there are many necessary things that must happen before the trial process. At Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., we understand these tasks including informing the person accused they are responsible, filing various motions and negotiating with the opposing legal counsel. If no settlement is negotiated as fair for the plaintiff and there is sufficient evidence, the personal injury trial begins. Our legal team will organize any witness testimony, file all evidence and complete all necessary paperwork for the trial.
Continue reading to find out what to expect at a personal injury trial in New Jersey.
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Selecting the Jury
Once it is said that your trial will proceed, our legal team will select a jury. We will choose fair-minded, unbiased individuals to make a judgment in your legal proceedings. The defense team, however, will try to complicate our process by picking members that may oppose our case. This is why the jury selection process is so important, so it can determine the success of the case.
The processes of your case will vary depending on the judge and the court. Opening statements are given first before jurors or the jury pool. Sometimes it is possible to ask certain potential juror members questions, other times, it’s not. Some questions could be about their age, their drinking habits, their lifestyle choices and other things that would affect their ideology in certain situations. If the answer doesn’t suit your liking, they can be excused. Our team of trial lawyers can explain the processes of the court to you before your case begins.
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What is the Voir Dire Procedure?
This process attempts to determine if members have any bias toward the claim. For instance, have they been involved in a crash or have a loved one that was so they have emotions about this situation? Asking these personal questions allows us to get the best feedback possible and to make the best choices when it comes to choosing a jury for your case.
Once the juror is picked, opening statements are made. These opening statements are meant to appeal to the emotions of the jury. They establish the case and what is expected throughout the trial. From there, witnesses are called for evidence that the jury will hear their testimony, which will help them to make a verdict at the end of the trial. Each set of attorneys ask the witnesses questions. The process continues until no witnesses are left and each side rests.
Closing Statements and Verdict
Once all the evidence was presented, witness statements have been detailed and all of the legal processes have been completed, closing arguments are heard. At Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A., we will attempt to debunk the defense in order to make your case look as strong as possible. After this is completed, the jurors deliberate to come up with a verdict. There must be a consensus for one verdict or this is a hung jury. If the jurors cannot come to a consensus, a mistrial is declared.
Contact an Edison Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to personal injury in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lombardi & Lombardi, P.A. represent clients injured because of personal injury in Woodbridge, Old Bridge, New Brunswick, and Perth Amboy and throughout New Jersey. Call 732-564-7165 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1852 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820 as well as offices in Brick, Freehold and Point Pleasant Beach.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.