If your personal injury case cannot be resolved during mediation, then you may have to go to court. Below, we have included a sample of a court document that we filed in District Court in the state of Maryland demanding a jury trial for our client, the plaintiff, who was injured in a car accident. We have redacted the names of the parties involved for purposes of confidentiality.
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This Demand For Jury Trial document is provided by the Maryland-based personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen.
Here is an overview of the steps that generally take place during a personal injury trial:
1) Jury Selection-Lawyers for the defense and plaintiff interview potential jurors for bias and other factors until a sitting jury has been chosen.
2) Opening Statements-Plaintiff’s and defense’s counsels give opening statements.
3) Presentation of Evidence and Witnesses-Plaintiff’s and defense’s counsels present evidence such as physical evidence from the accident, photographs, and different medical evidence. Witnesses are examined and cross-examined by attorneys from each side.
4) Meeting on Jury Instructions-Lawyers meet with the judge to discuss instructions to be given to the jury.
5) Closing arguments-Plaintiff’s and defense’s attorneys give their closing arguments.
6) Jury deliberates-Jury retires in private to make a decision.
According to the Bureau of Justice Civil Justice Statistics:
In 49% of jury trial cases-the jury found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded a median total award of $35,000.
In 62% of bench trials (without a jury)-the median total award was $28,000.