What can I Expect When I get to Trial?

In a civil case you will only have six jurors who will decide the outcome of your case. They will first have to decide on the liability issue. Basically, this is the jury coming to a conclusion of who is at fault. Once the jury decides that then they will decide on the damages. Damages are broken down into three different categories, Economic, Non Economic and Permanent Impairment.

Economic damages are typically the medical bills both past and future, and the your wage loss past and future, that you have. Then the non economic is pain and suffering that you endured. This is a hard number to come up with because there is no set formula to reach this number. Everyone reacts differently to an accident. No two people have the same type of pain and suffering. Therefore, the jury will have to understand what you went through as a result of this collision. Finally, permanent impairment is what you have lost in respect to the ability to function in life. For example, not being able to move your neck as far as you could before the accident, or a scar that you will have for life. Again, the jury will have to come up with this number through testimony that they have heard throughout the trial.

So, as you can see trial is not as easy as going in there and just asking for a number. You need to come up with all your losses, and be able to bring these numbers in through evidence to present to the jury a total number of all your loses.

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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.