Attending Your First Personal Injury Hearing

Last updated on: May 9, 2023


In this episode, Zinda Law Group CEO and founder, Jack Zinda, gives you quick tips on what to do when attending your first personal injury hearing.

Discussed in this Episode:

  • Read the local rules
  • Understand your judge
  • What’s your objective?

Read the Local Rules

This step may feel simple, but before you do anything make sure you’re completely comfortable with the rules and regulations of the specific state or county you’re working in. You may find yourself facing problem after problem if you don’t take the time to understand the small differences. 

Understand Your Judge

Each judge is different and has unique quirks and communication styles. If you aren’t sure, talk with colleagues or attend a trial to gain a better understanding of how they run their courtroom. Try to give your judge the benefit of the doubt and know that each judge will rule differently. There will be certain cases that judges prefer over others, if you can learn that information, it can be helpful in the level of organization that’s required to plead your case.

What’s Your Objective?

Don’t approach your case to win for the sake of winning. Be nuanced and fair when asking for a discovery and don’t try to take everything just because it’s available to you. Be organized, calm and reasonable at all times. If you don’t think you’ll be able to get everything you want, have a fallback position ready. This can show that you’re willing to compromise and further sell your case to the judge that your positions are reasonable.

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