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which they perceived to be weak, ineffective,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

or unpersuasive. Compile the results of your

Ryals D. Stone is a lawyer in the

mock jurors' Measures into a spreadsheet

Rome office of The Stone Law Group

and tally their responses to each question by

who represents individual and corpo-

percentage in order to determine their major-

rate plaintiffs in the areas of catastrophic personal

ity or consensus opinions.

injury, wrongful death, products liability, medical

the full amount of money that will reasonably,

Conducting Focus Groups in advance of

negligence, civil fraud/RICO, as well as com-

fully and fairly compensate the Plaintiff for his

trial, reviewing the data provided by your

mercial and consumer litigation. Ryals currently

conscious pain and suffering, past and future

mock jurors, and applying the same to your

serves on the Board of Directors for the Young

medical expenses, lost earning capacity, loss

actual trial presentation will better prepare

Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, as

of marital relationship, and punitive damages,

you to try a mistake-free and convincing case

well as the Civil Justice PAC Board of Directors,

if applicable). Finally, instruct your mock jurors

at trial. ●

and is a member of the GTLA Executive Committee.

they are to first elect a jury foreperson and then

He can be reached at ryals@stonelaw.com.

consider and answer the questions on their
Special Verdict Form in the order in which they
appear. Each mock jury will have one hour to

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deliberate, and each verdict must be unanimous.

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of providers

.
ALLOW YOUR MOCK JURIES TO
DELIBERATE FOR 1 HOUR AND
RETURN UNANIMOUS VERDICTS.
Once you have read the Jury Instructions,

split your Focus Group into at least three (3)
separate juries of 10 - 12 mock jurors each
according to your trial venue's demographics

* Ear, Nose, Throat

deliberation so you can review and make the

* Orthopaedics
Spine Surgery, Shoulder
Surgery, Knee Surgery,
Foot/Ankle Surgery,
Hand/Upper Extremity
Surgery

necessary adjustments to your presentation

* Neurosurgery

* Psychiatry

before trial. Once each mock jury has reached

* Neurology

* Neuropsychiatry

a unanimous verdict, have each individual

* Diagnostic Imaging
X-Ray, MRI, MRI - Arthrograms,
CT, CT-Myelogram, Ultrasound,
EMG/NCV

* Transportation

and in their own private room to begin their
deliberations. Always videotape and/or have
a court reporter transcript each separate jury

mock juror complete a Final Measure in which
they provide in their own words the best and
worst argument(s) made for both the Plaintiff

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and the Defendant during deliberations.

* Primary Care Physicians
* Physiatry
Epidural Steroid Injections,
Facet Blocks, IDET, Discograms

REVIEW ALL YOUR FOCUS GROUP
FEEDBACK, NOT JUST THE ACTUAL

* Ambulatory Surgical Centers
* Hospitals
Inpatient and Outpatient
Services

* Home Care
* Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy,
	 Certified	Hand	Therapy,	
Functional Capacity
Evaluations
* Durable Medical Equipment

* Pain Management

MOCK JURY VERDICT AMOUNTS.
It is always a good sign that your Focus

Group presentation will likewise be persua-

* Podiatry
* Plastic Surgery

sive at trial if all of your mock juries bring back

* Eye Surgery

favorable Plaintiff's verdicts; However, if you

* Dermatology

rest on your laurels without further review
of the mock jurors' feedback, you will have
missed the point of the exercise. The primary
objective of a jury focus group is to have your
case critiqued by a pool of demographicallysimilar mock jurors located in or near your trial
venue so that you may absorb their collective

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criticisms and then address and adjust (or opt
to avoid altogether at trial) your arguments
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Verdict - Spring 2018

President’s Message
How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Welcome New GTLA Members!
Champion Members
Meet The Experts
Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Intro
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - bellyband2
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover1
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover2
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Verdict - Spring 2018 - 10
Verdict - Spring 2018 - President’s Message
Verdict - Spring 2018 - How I Obtained Justice: Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 13
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 14
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Thank You to Outgoing Verdict Chairman, Madeleine Simmons
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Look Before You Leap: Conducting Jury Focus Groups Before Trial
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 17
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 18
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 19
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 20
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Voir Dire In Low Speed, Soft Tissue Injury Cases
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 22
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 23
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 24
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 25
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Defeating Reptile Theory Motions in Limine
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 27
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 28
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Leading the Jury Down the Right Path: Framing Your Case During Voir Dire
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 30
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Hernandez v. State: Empowering Jurors to Seek the Truth
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 32
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 33
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Exploding Takata Airbags From Cover-Up To Accountability
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 35
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 36
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Using Simple Technology to Pick a Better Jury
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Case Updates: Who Really Loses When Medical Funding Becomes an Issue at Trial?
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 39
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Professional Practice Pointers: Voir Dire, An interview with Cobb County State Court Judge Allison Barnes Salter
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Dig In To Do Good: Making the World a Better Place
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 42
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Champion Members
Verdict - Spring 2018 - 44
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Meet The Experts
Verdict - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover3
Verdict - Spring 2018 - cover4
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