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VOIR DIRE CONSIDERATIONS IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASES. Theodore G. Karavidas, Esq. Karavidas & Argionis Law Offices, LLP 180 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2105 Chicago, IL 60601 312-782-4545 [email protected] www.karavidaslaw.com www.illinoisbraininjury.com. GOALS OF VOIR DIRE.

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Voir dire considerations in traumatic brain injury cases

VOIR DIRE CONSIDERATIONS IN TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY CASES

Theodore G. Karavidas, Esq.

Karavidas & Argionis Law Offices, LLP

180 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2105

Chicago, IL 60601

312-782-4545

[email protected]

www.karavidaslaw.com

www.illinoisbraininjury.com


Goals of voir dire
GOALS OF VOIR DIRE

  • Deselect

    • Deselect those who have negative or inflexible attitudes or perceptions.

  • Educate

    • Educate those who are open-minded and want to hear the evidence and decide fairly.

  • Endear

    • Endear the jurors to you and your client by being polite, sincere, and honest.

    • Elicit information without embarrassing anyone.


Qualities of a desireable juror
QUALITIES OF A DESIREABLE JUROR

  • Compassion

  • Educability

  • Cooperativeness

  • Independent Reasonableness


Compassion
COMPASSION

  • Family Involvement

  • Charitable Nature

  • Pets

  • Donations


Educability
EDUCABILITY

  • Look for jurors who are:

    • Educable

    • Open-Minded

    • Willing to be Educated

  • Our goal is to find out which jurors have an understanding of TBI issues or are capable and willing to accept them

  • Jurors who do not understand significance and details of a TBI will not return an adequate verdict for the plaintiff


Cooperativeness independent reasonableness
COOPERATIVENESS/INDEPENDENT REASONABLENESS

  • Identify jurors who can work with others to achieve a goal, reach a consensus

  • Identify potential forepersons

  • Identify those persons who will make independent decisions while remaining open to the input of others

  • Identify loners and contrarians who will have difficulty working with others.


Good jurors
GOOD JURORS

  • Those who understand importance of unimpaired brain function

    • Well-Educated

    • Executive Positions

    • Decision-Makers

    • Problem-Solvers

    • Multi-Taskers

    • Required to be Precise

  • Those who understand importance of new learning capability

    • Educators

    • Trainers

    • Problem-Solvers


Less desireable jurors

Bad Jurors

Those with diminished mental capacities

Elderly

Difficulty with Attention/Concentration

Without Significant Executive Function or Problem-Solving Demands

Questionable Jurors

Those with family members afflicted with Alzheimers

PRO: Understand effects of diminished mental capacity

CON: Possible reduced empathy

CON: If plaintiff is elderly, defense will argue that changes are age-related

LESS DESIREABLE JURORS


Brain injury experience
BRAIN INJURY EXPERIENCE

  • Identify those jurors who have some knowledge or personal experience regarding TBI and its consequences

  • Identify those jurors who have knowledge regarding the effects of diminished cognitive abilities due to Alzheimer’s


Brain injury perceptions
BRAIN INJURY PERCEPTIONS

  • Identify experience, training in medicine, psychology, rehabilitation or counseling

  • Identify misperceptions about the causes, manifestations or consequences of TBI

  • Educate jurors about the causes, manifestations, and consequences of TBI


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