Q: Why would someone choose not to have a jury in a civil case?
A: our team of lawyers do alot of jury trials in northwest indiana and some in illinois involving personal injury and wrongful death cases. juries can be a very good thing or a very bad thing for the person suing. typically if the injury claimed is relatively minor and the defendant's act causing it is not particularly bad, juries can be very unsympathetic to the plaintiff. for example, you might have a case where a normal person hits someone in the rear because they were distracted or daydreaming. the person hit has a neck strain that lasts several months and incurs some bills for a few doctor visits and therapy. the person gets better and the injury doesnt affect his ability to earn a living. a jury may not get too excited about that and may award the medical bills plus maybe a small amount for "pain and suffering." whereas a judge, being a lawyer and knowing the law, might award more.
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