Jury duty and our constitutional right to Jury Trials

Jury Duty is one of the few civic duties that we must comply with.  (Voting, although technically not mandatory, is another civic duty.  Registering for the Selective Service (“the draft” or conscription) is another one).

The Seventh (7th) Amendment (part of the “Bill of Rights”) provides that all people are entitled to a jury trial in most civil cases.  Our Founding Fathers thought this right to be so elemental that they wrote it into our Constitution (and into the highlighted “Bill of Rights.”) We were given this right to resolve disputes and have these cases resolved by a jury of our peers.  Think about it: how else would two people be able to settle their differences? Dueling was outlawed in the early 19th century!

If you are called to jury duty (as I was this past week), you must take this civic duty seriously.  If you or your family members or friends have suffered due to another person’s negligence, how else would you be made whole? Who will reimburse you for the pain and suffering, your future potential to earn a living, or out of pocket expenses associated with medical and surgical bills?

If you are injured in a car accident, No Fault insurance will cover you for an average period of 4 to 5 months.  After that, most insurance coverage will be denied (whether you are still in pain or not!).  Most practitioners will not treat you on a “lien” basis, so if you do not have private health care, you will not be able to receive adequate medical treatment.  For this reason, you need to consult with an experienced Personal Injury attorney.  Our law firm has 28 years of experience in representing injured persons who have suffered due to the negligence of others.  Call us if you would like to hear about our plan to help you after an accident.


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