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swayed, and provide you an opportunity

radiofrequency ablations, a discectomy, spi-

to demonstrate the necessity of jury trials.

nal fusion, etc.)?"

"Conversely, have any of you ever heard of
wrecks or other situations where people got

"Has the injury caused you to alter any of

seriously injured just because they were turned

CHAPTER 1 - EXPERIENCE

your daily activities? Has it affected your job

the wrong way or didn't expect the impact?"

WITH SIMILAR INJURIES

or your family in any way?"

One positive note about a neck or back

"Does anyone believe that a ruptured disc

injury case is that you will find many panel-

that requires surgery on your spine or near

ists have some familiarity with such injuries.

your spinal cord is a minor or insignificant

Those who have suffered a neck or back injury

injury?"

PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
Another favorite defense to a disc injury is
the notion of pre-existing, degenerative con-

will understand the medical treatments and
lifestyle changes necessitated by such injuries.

CHAPTER 3 -

ditions of the spine. If you've ever handled a
CHAPTER 2 - IMPACT

herniated disc case, you are deeply familiar

FORCES/CAUSATION

with this issue and should know how to head

Insurers focus heavily on the severity

off those arguments in the depositions of

"Does anyone currently suffer from a torn,

or lack of severity of a given wreck and

your client's treating doctors. You need to

ruptured or herniated disc or a pinched nerve

are firmly convinced that cases with minor

also deal with this ruse and distraction in

in their spine?"

impact damage are winnable. We disagree,

voir dire.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:

"How did the injury occur?"

but the details are important. For exam-

"How long have you dealt with the injury?"

ple, the plaintiff's position in the vehicle

"Have you ever had to undergo (surgery,

at impact, the position of the headrest, or

"The eggshell plaintiff rule means that if

epidural steroid injections, physical therapy,

whether the plaintiff anticipated and braced

you hurt someone who had a pre-existing

for the collision are important details.

fragile medical condition that you cannot

DON'T JUST
LOOK INTO IT...

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:

Address the fact of the low-speed wreck

escape responsibility for the injury just

early and directly in voir dire. If you have

because the injured person was weaker or

your treating doctor testifying to causation,

more fragile than someone else. Is there

couple the low-speed crash with your ques-

anyone here who thinks that rule is unfair?

tions on causation.

Or who could not follow that rule because of
some personal experience you have had?"

SAMPLE QUESTIONS:
"This is a fairly low-speed wreck - about

CHAPTER 4 - RACE BIAS

Investigative Services

4-5 mph. Is there anyone here with particu-

Unfortunately, racial bias remains a signifi-

lar expertise in any field - like an engineer,

cant issue in our society, and the courtroom

EXTREME DUE DILIGENCE

medical doctor or accident reconstruction-

is not insulated from those concerns. Failure

LITIGATION SUPPORT

ist - who would be particularly qualified by

to address this issue can be a fatal mistake.

that training to say that a 4-5 mph wreck

Your approach can vary based on your case,

CANNOT cause a ruptured disc if you are

venue, plaintiff and your individual person-

hit just right?"

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directly with the panel. You should lead into

people amazingly walked away with abso-

the discussion with something like, "Race

lutely no injury?"

is a difficult issue to discuss in public, but
there is no political correctness in the

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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
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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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