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Jury duty. Everybody’s favorite thing to do!

Photo of a courtroom before jurors arrive for jury duty.
Photo by David Veksler

The judge and constitutional law professors will tell you about your “civic duty” – to go down to the courthouse for jury duty. To get paid ten dollars a day to take off work and help decide whether or not someone goes to jail, or to decide if someone has to pay.

Just thinking about a trial after a traumatic personal injury can be daunting. That’s where our personal injury attorneys can assist you.

Did you know…

Most personal injury cases will settle before a trial. Talk about a weight lifted off your shoulders!

We call a jury to the courtroom and go to trial when an insurance company has refused to pay enough money to settle the case.

In Texas, it is against the law for someone to drive without valid car insurance. During a trial, you cannot mention Allstate, GEICO, or any insurance company – even though they will pay for their insured driver’s negligence.

Who gets to decide how much a case is worth?

A jury is who will decide which person was negligent in a car wreck. They will also get to decide how much money the injured person will receive as compensation for this process. It can take years to get to trial.

When the final trial date comes, you won’t hear anything about car insurance. It will just be the other driver at court. But their car insurance provided their lawyer and will pay any amount awarded by the jury.

A summons for jury duty is always a surprise and hardly ever fun. But jurors are an integral part of the trial process and the role should not be taken lightly.

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