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The perils of overreaching

Thursday, February 04, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By John McLeish and Lindsay Charles

Over time, jurors have become more skeptical of plaintiffs in personal injury cases and of the lawyers who represent them.

There are several possible explanations for this trend, including the proliferation of aggressive advertising by plaintiffs’ lawyers. The result is that jurors have developed belief systems that are posing obstacles that plaintiffs must overcome if they are to be successful.

One juror belief is that the only reason plaintiffs in personal injury cases sue is to get as much money as possible. Another is that plaintiffs’...