Cooper Elliott Blog category: For Individuals

Methods for Optimizing Jury Selection and Voir Dire

February 23, 2016

Voir dire is a legal term you may have heard before. It’s a critical element of the jury selection process, where prospective jurors are questioned about their background and evaluated on their likelihood to optimally serve on a jury. During voir dire, civil litigation attorneys on both sides try to identify biases that could affect …

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Positioning the Jury as the Protagonist

February 16, 2016

For personal injury and wrongful death attorneys, clear, effective communication is a vital element of any successful case. A key theme we’ve discussed before is how good communication with our clients enables us to seek justice and healing on their behalf. In this post, we’re going to examine effective communication from another perspective: that of …

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Negotiating Confidentiality Provisions in Personal Injury Cases

January 26, 2016

One of the greatest challenges we face when dealing with personal injury cases is finding a way to effectively quantify pain experienced by our clients. The following case involves a victim who sought our help after a restaurant’s negligence left her with injuries that would potentially affect her for the rest of her life. The …

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A Private Correction Facility’s Extensive Negligence Leads to a Hostage Situation

January 19, 2016

Held at gunpoint What began as a regular morning for Jackie Murdock* at the accounting office she and her husband operated in a Columbus suburb—resulted in unforgettable events. The sound of the low-flying helicopter was Jackie’s first clue that something strange was happening. Then she heard a loud bash as her front door was kicked …

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Unusual Courtroom Tactic Wins Case Against Construction Company

January 13, 2016

Sometimes doing something unusual in a courtroom can make all the difference. Ohio civil litigation attorneys at Cooper & Elliott were faced with such a decision. After a brief discussion about the risk, they made a bold decision to literally pour a bottle of water over the defense’s exhibit—and it proved to be the turning …

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A Man in Need Seeks Help from Police, and Receives a Bullet Instead

December 15, 2015

Millions of people around the world suffer from bipolar disorder. They move from manic to depressive phases quickly, which can make life difficult for them and their loved ones. The condition can often be controlled with medication, but the process takes time as the patient and doctor try to perfect the prescription and dosage. The …

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Honor and Redemption for a Wounded Deputy Sheriff

December 8, 2015

Law-enforcement personnel are our line of protection against crime and misconduct. They’re tough, self-reliant, and trained to handle a variety of difficult situations. But when it comes to seeking justice in the legal system, police need representation just like the rest of us. Transferring a dangerous prisoner Katherine Thompson* was a dedicated deputy who had …

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