5 Bizarre Things That Can Influence The Outcome Of Your Lawsuit
When you sue someone, there’s no real way to determine how much you can expect to receive if you win. Partially because there’s no set-in-stone guide for awarding damages, but also because these judgements can hinge on some pretty weird stuff.
5. Your Lawyer’s Appearance
Is your attorney well put-together, or a little disheveled? Are they attractive? Well groomed? It sounds unfair, and it is to some extent, but these small factors will unconsciously influence a jury’s decision. They don’t know they’re doing it, but juries will get swayed one way or another by a lawyer’s appearance.
4. Whether Or Not The Victim Is An Adorable Child
It’s kind of a no-brainer if you think about it, but cute kids will influence a jury. It doesn’t take a law degree to know the value of an adorable little kid with a sad face telling a jury about “the bad man who was mean to my mommy at the west-want.” When deciding a case, this is just one more of those unconscious things juries do — and a good lawyer knows that.
Some states are just known for having more generous juries. Others are known for being unusually stingy. Not only does this vary from state to state, but within the state this can change from county to county. Good lawyers know the trends of juries in that particular area, and will be able to plan around that.
2. The People You Decide To Put On The Witness Stand
There’s a huge difference between someone who can back up your story and someone a jury will take seriously when they back up your story. Even if they’re your best friend in the world and can back up every claim you’re making, if they’re ugly and walk in wearing a wrinkled suit with lunch stains on the shirt — they’re useless. The same goes for “expert witnesses.” Your lawyer can help you choose the best witnesses to help your case, as well as help you decide who you need to skip over.
1. Who Those Twelve People Listening To Your Case Are
It’s an old joke that your case hinges on the opinion of twelve people who couldn’t figure out how to get out of Jury Duty — but that’s kind of how it is. The outcome of your lawsuit can be influenced by the age, race, religion, gender, and education level of those twelve jurors. Not only that, but what they do in their free time, where they grew up, and even their tastes in fashion can influence their decision. It seems absurd, but these are all variables your lawyer has to take into account.
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