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The Right to Jury Trial in Civil Personal Injury Cases

Posted on January 5, 2016 Car Accidents,Federal Law,General,Myth Debunker,Personal Injury,State Law,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

Persons injured in motor vehicle accidents often ask if they have a right to a jury trial on their claim.  In federal court and in many state courts, the right to a jury trial in civil cases seeking money damages is a constitutional right.  That means that if a party properly invokes the right to… read more

The Number of Jury Trials is in Decline with Various Implications for the Justice System in Wisconsin

Posted on March 5, 2015 Federal Law,General,In The News,Local News,Personal Injury,What We Do For You (Civil Process),Your Trial

According to the State Bar of Wisconsin, Inside Track Newsletter, the number of Wisconsin jury trials has steadily declined in both federal and state courts for the past 30 years. While personal injury cases generally go to trial more than other civil cases, the State Bar article indicates that juries only resolved 115 of 3,928… read more

What Is The Difference Between Arbitration And Mediation?

Posted on January 28, 2014 General,Myth Debunker,State Law,What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),Your Trial

Not all legal disputes are resolved in a courtroom before a judge and jury.  In the modern era, the legal system has explored and often used alternative ways to resolve disputes.  Two of those are arbitration and mediation. In arbitration, the parties to the dispute select a neutral person or a panel of neutral persons… read more

What Jurors Are Not Told in the State of Wisconsin

Posted on September 11, 2013 General,State Law,Your Trial

Jury service is one of the most important of civic duties. Yet, for those selected and serving as jurors it may seem as though there are a great many important things that they are not being told. For example, when there are evidentiary disputes, the judge may rule that certain evidence is not admissible and… read more

How does the jury know what to do?

Posted on May 23, 2012 Personal Injury,Your Trial

When a case goes to trial, the members of the jury usually decide the verdict.  A potential juror often arrives in court with a summons telling them to appear, and no more information on what will happen.  Many courts have short video programs to help potential jurors learn how their work will go.  The jurors… read more

What judge handles my case?

Posted on May 23, 2012 General,Personal Injury,Your Trial

Once a lawsuit is filed, a judge is assigned to administer the case.  The judge works with the lawyers and other court staff, such as the clerk of courts and the court reporter, to make the case move as efficiently as reasonably possible. The way in which a judge is selected varies depending on which… read more

Do my doctors need to support my case?

Posted on January 24, 2012 Personal Injury,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

A party injured in an accident has the burden to prove the severity of the injury, as well as the reasonableness of healthcare the party has received in the past and is likely to need in the future.  To meet that burden of proof, the injured party may hire an attorney.  The attorney will obtain… read more

What is Post-Judgment Interest?

Posted on January 6, 2012 What Does This Word Mean?,What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

     Sometimes there is a delay between the time when a money judgment is entered in a civil case and when the winning party gets paid.  Under Wisconsin’s post-judgment interest statute, Wis. Stat. § 815.05(8), the judgment debtor must pay interest on the judgment at the statutory rate during this time period.  Similar statutes have… read more

How do cases and statutes work?

Posted on November 4, 2011 General,Personal Injury,What Does This Word Mean?,Your Trial

A variety of different laws can come into play when a person is injured in an accident.  The legislature enacts statutes, which establish certain rules such as liability insurance limits, rules of the road and certain standards that apply to claim procedure.  Courts interpret the statutes when they are vague, and also apply rules developed… read more

If I go to trial, who will be on the jury?

Posted on July 12, 2011 What We Do For You (Civil Process),You’re Injured, Now What?,Your Trial

Some cases are tried to a jury.  The size and composition of the jury depend on the jurisdiction where the trial is held.  Often in injury cases trial is held in the county where the accident happened. The jury is selected from a group of ordinary adult citizens of the county where the trial takes… read more