VS Insights: Oh to Be 20 Again
Children and senior citizens are commonly thought to have value as sympathetic plaintiffs when it comes to juries. Beware: Axioms that turn up on this page usually meet a cruel statistical fate. Thus, we present the accompanying chart, based on cases reported to VerdictSearch. The results, which reflect winning percentages in jury trials, cast a different light on plaintiffs at either end of age’s spectrum. While adolescent plaintiffs generally win more often than elderly plaintiffs, very young or old plaintiffs are relatively bad bets, statistically speaking. The real sweet spot is between the ages of 20 and 29. After that, it's a steady downhill course through the years. Still not convinced? Check for yourself using the search platform on VerdictSearch.com. HOW TO: Simply the enter the age range you wish to survey, select Verdict-Plaintiff and check the Estimated Results field to see the number of plaintiffs' verdicts for that age group. Then de-select Verdict-Plaintiff and select Verdict-Defendant to see the number of defense verdicts. Feed the numbers into your calculator to determine the win/loss rate. DEEPER DRILL: Filter by gender. You’ll be surprised to see that gender bias varies according to the plaintiff's age!
VS Insights: Check Their Pockets!
Screening jurors is a delicate process that involves myriad factors. A trait that makes a juror sympathetic to one plaintiff may very well count against another plaintiff. One fairly consistent trait is economic background. Quite simply, wealthy jurors tend to favor defendants, while low-earning jurors tend to favor plaintiffs. Need specifics? The accompanying chart, based on cases reported to VerdictSearch in California, Florida, New York and Texas, shows that plaintiffs generally have the best chance of winning when their case is heard by jurors from areas in which the average annual per capita income is less than $20,000 (red bars on the accompanying chart). Conversely, defendants fare best in those rarified areas in which the average annual per capita income exceeds $30,000 (green bars). California, where things are nearly even across the board, is the only outlier. HOW TO: This study requires nothing more than the VerdictSearch search platform and an easily obtainable list of per capita income by county. Google will provide the list in two clicks. Once on the search platform, select your state, select the counties, then select Verdict-Plaintiff or Verdict-Defendant to see the total number of plaintiff and defense verdicts for those counties. DEEPER DRILL: You can also calculate win/loss trends in a single county. But rather than a broad win/loss result, filter by plaintiff’s age and/or gender, to see how juries react to different demographics.
VS Insights: Baby, You Can Drive My Car
Effective case management requires a complete understanding of the value of the case. Plaintiffs' attorneys typically consider insurer tendencies, venue bias and award trends, but they may overlook one critical factor: plaintiff demographics. Simply put: Juries don’t view men, women, young people, middle-aged people and elderly people the same way. To illustrate the point, we studied plaintiffs’ win rates in motor-vehicle cases, essentially asking, "Who are the best and worst drivers, in the eyes of juries?" The results, based on cases reported to VerdictSearch, show that women, ages 20 to 29, clearly have the best win rate in motor-vehicle cases. Surprisingly second and third place go to women and men ages 75 or older, people typically considered poor drivers! The least successful motorist? A man between the ages of 65 and 74. HOW TO: Log onto VerdictSearch.com’s search platform. In the Type of Case field, select Motor Vehicle. Next, go to Type of Plaintiff and enter the age range you wish to survey. In the Award Type field, select Verdict-Plaintiff. Check the Estimated Results field to see the number of plaintiffs' verdicts for that age group. Now let's check for defense verdicts for that age group. De-select Verdict-Plaintiff and select Verdict-Defendant to see the number of defense verdicts. Feed the numbers into your calculator to determine the win/loss rate. CONTEXT IS KEY: Try the same search with medical-malpractice cases and see how the results differ!