A personal injury lawsuit can be heard in any jurisdiction in the State of New York. So, if you had an accident in Rochester, a court in Brooklyn has the ability to hear the case. However, if there is no connection between either party to Brooklyn, such as either the plaintiff or the defendant is living there, then your case will not be heard there. So lawyers will generally start a lawsuit in the county where the plaintiff or defendant resides or, if the defendant is a corporation, then the county where the business is located. A lawyer will have choices to make.
What if Your Lawyer Has Started the Lawsuit in Nassau County?
Nassau County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, with a median household income of $98,886. If your case gets tried in front of jury, what will that jury look like? As of the last census the racial makeup of the county was 79.30% White (73.95% White Non-Hispanic), 10.01% African American, 0.16% Native American, 4.73% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.57% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 10.09% of the population. These are the residents that would be sitting on the jury when a personal injury case is brought to trial, assuming there is no settlement. Since a majority of the residents are from the middle to upper middle class and a significant amount from the upper class of the socioeconomic areas of the county their ideas and values will have an effect on cases that they will be contemplating on as jurors. This is even more true when it comes to personal injury cases.
Why Nassau County Is Difficult to Try Cases with Juries
Any experienced personal injury lawyer in the metropolitan area knows that Nassau County returns some of the lowest verdicts. This may be for a variety of reasons but we can assume that most Nassau County residents do not like being hauled into court to sit on a jury to hear about a car accident case in which the plaintiff hurt his neck or back. We can also presume that since many jurors in the county are homeowners there is an internal bias to homeowners and a conscious recognition (right or wrong) of higher taxes with lawsuits. Furthermore, Nassau County residents tend to be a bit conservative so a broken leg will have less value to it than in another county, such as Queens or Brooklyn. It is for these reasons that many personal injury lawyers try to stay away from having their client's case heard in Nassau County.
An Experienced Lawyer Will Get Success with a Good Case
We've told you what makes Nassau County difficult to try a case, but we have had many cases in Nassau County where we have won hundreds of thousands of dollars. A good case with significant injuries will always do well in any county. You may not get the same value but a client will always be compensated for injuries from a clear cut case. It's the more difficult cases that always present a challenge in the conservative counties. It's the less clear cut injuries that present more difficulties. Also the help of an experienced Nassau County attorney can make a difference.
Our personal injury lawyers have more than 25 years of fighting and winning cases in Nassau County. We know exactly what evidence we need and how to best present your case to win you the compensation you deserve.
Our Nassau County Lawyers Can Help You
If you live in Nassau County and would like to consult our Long Island accident attorneys, contact us today and request a free consultation. We can answer all your questions and discuss your options and what you can expect from the legal system. Let our experience help get you the money you may need for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and to help care for your family while you recover.
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