If the plaintiff in a personal injury trial receives a winning decision, then the same plaintiff receives a court-ordered judgment, an award. The jury follows a certain process, when determining the plaintiff’s right to that award.
The first actions of the jurors, at start of their deliberations
The jurors have been told to study the evidence first. Each of them reviews any of the notes that have been taken. In addition, all of them have a chance to look again at the different exhibits. Once those tasks have been completed, the jurors discuss what took place at the time of the accident.
The members of the jury have to study the laws that relate to the plaintiff’s case
The laws concerning negligence relate to just about any personal injury case. The jury must check for proof of the required elements of negligence. Depending on the type of personal injury claim that led to the ongoing case, the jury would need to study other laws. For instance, if the plaintiff had been injured in car crash, then the members of the jury would need to study specific traffic laws.
Judges always tell juries to base their decision on the law. Still, there is no law that states exactly how much money an injured accident victim ought to receive. Lawyers are aware of that fact. Personal injury lawyers in Calgary know that the emotional aspects of a given case could influence a jury’s decision.
Possible emotional influences on a jury’s decision
The accident has left the plaintiff with a permanent injury, perhaps a disability or a disfigurement. The age of the plaintiff could sway the jury’s decision. Juries tend to grant a larger award, if the injured victim was a child. Realize, though, that an injury to a child might not give rise to a court case until that victim/child had become an adult. That might be the case if the court had been asked to extend the deadline, as stated in the statute of limitations.
If the exhibits had included a modest number of pictures, then that could stir the jurors’ emotions, causing them to favor a larger award. On the other hand, a surplus of pictures could have the opposite effect on the 12-person body.
If the evidence had revealed any effort by the defendant to hide or disguise the truth, then that would cause the jury to consider awarding the plaintiff a larger amount of money. In fact, the defendant’s entire attitude could affect their decision. By the same token, the plaintiff’s behavior could shape the final verdict. When a plaintiff’s family has appeared in the courtroom, that appearance, too, could stir the jurors’ emotions. Naturally, their emotions would then affect their decision.