If you plan to sue someone in New York State for a personal injury, the case can be heard in any jurisdiction. However, for the most part, it will be heard in a court geographically based where the plaintiff or defendant lives or does business
What you should know if your personal injury case is being heard in Suffolk County
The socioeconomic makeup of Suffolk County, including the ideas and values of its residents, affects the outcomes of cases heard by a jury in the court. Suffolk County is considered a conservative region, where the majority of jurors who will sit on your case are middle to upper middle case, and a significant amount are upper class. The racial makeup is 83.6% White, 7.4% African Americans, 13% Latinos and 5.4% Asians. This does not account for a large number of undocumented workers who will not be assigned jury duty.
Suffolk’s jury pool has been responsible for returning some of the lowest verdicts in the state. This may be for a variety of reasons:
- Residents in this economic bracket do not like being hauled into court to sit on a jury to hear about an accident case in which the plaintiff hurt his neck or back. Unfortunately that conservative thinking spills over into cases with even more serious injuries.
- Some believe because many of the jurors are homeowners, there is a bias to homeowners and a conscious recognition (though not necessarily correct) of higher taxes with lawsuits.
- For the most part, when returning a verdict, Suffolk’s jurors are conservative with setting values to injuries. So a broken leg in a Suffolk Court will have less value than that same injury in Brooklyn or Rockland.
It is for these reasons that many personal injury lawyers try to stay away from having cases heard in Suffolk County.
An experienced lawyer and a good case will succeed in Suffolk County’s courts
We’ve gone over some reasons why Suffolk County is hard on plaintiffs in personal injury cases, but we have had many successful cases there, and have won hundreds of thousands of dollars for our clients. A good case with significant injuries will do well in any county. And a competent lawyer experienced trying cases in that court will know exactly what evidence and arguments they need to have the best chance of success.
If you were injured in an accident, our Suffolk County personal injury lawyers can help you
Our attorneys have more than 25 years of fighting and winning cases in courts across Suffolk County. We know exactly what evidence we need and how to best present your case to win you the compensation you deserve.
If you think you may have a case, 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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