What is Venue and Why Does it Matter?

–By John Merrick —

If you have any questions about a case, call accident lawyer John Merrick at 804-464-7719

Juries tend to view cases differently in different parts of the Commonwealth. Where you file a suit (the “venue”) can have a huge impact on the value of a personal injury case. While the injured party gets to choose the venue, the choice is limited by a set of rules. When more than one venue is available, knowing where to file is critical.

Liability and damages, such as medical bills, property damage, and lost wages, are key, but factors like the venue can also play a role in determining your outcome. Will your case be filed in the city or the county, in state or federal court? Each court has its own personality, and each court selects its jury members from the residents in that jurisdiction.

This makes each venue unique, and the impact of a particular venue on the value of your case is not always easy to predict. An experienced personal injury attorney knows the profiles of various venues, and can effectively prepare, negotiate, and try a case in that location.

If you need representation in a personal injury case or commercial dispute, contact Merrick Brock, PLLC today.

Read more about the factors that impact a case’s value through the link below.

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