When Explaining Your Injuries To A Jury, Make Them Easy To Understand
There's a considerable likelihood that your personal injury case will reach a settlement long before the topic of a trial comes up, but the reality is that there's always a chance you'll end up in court. If you and your attorney do find yourselves heading to court to argue for personal injury damages, you'll need to create a connection with the jury. One of the ways that you can do this is to thoroughly discuss your injuries — on a human level, it will be easy for jury members to be sympathetic to what you're going through. To be effective, you should abstain from too many technical terms when talking about your injuries. Instead, make them easier to understand and relate to with wording such as the following.
"I Can No Longer …"
One of the ways of creating a major impact about your life in the wake of your injuries is to discuss your limitations. The average jury member might not be able to relate to the concept of a compound fracture of the humerus bone, for example, but if you were to say something such as, "I can no longer sleep on my side, which is my preferred method of sleeping, because of the pain in my upper arm and shoulder," this is a statement that can have a major impact.
"I Rate My Pain …"
People frequently use ratings out of 10 to give their feelings about certain topics. If someone were to tell you that a local restaurant is a 10/10, you'd certainly take notice. You can use this same approach when you discuss your injuries in a personal injury court trial. For example, instead of saying that your back is really sore after a slip-and-fall injury, use a statement such as, "At any given time, my back pain is hovering around 7/10, but if I stand for more than about five minutes, it creeps up to a 9/10."
"Mentally, The Pain Has …"
Explaining your pain effectively to the jury is about more than just talking about the physical symptoms. In order to have an impact that will hopefully sway the jury to your side, you should explain in detail how the pain has affected your emotional help. This isn't the time to put on a brave face and minimize the emotional toll. Instead, use a statement such as, "Mentally, the pain has been exhausting. I find that I'm too tired and too stressed to have the same interest in my children's lives that I did before the injury."
For more information, reach out to a local company like The Law Offices of Siddons Law.