MAY 2012


This is going to be a different Newsletter this month. Please let me know what you think about it.

Recently we had ajury trial involving clients who were injured on a Port Authority bus. What amazed me about the whole trial was the opinions of jurors before the start of the trial. Every single potential juror we interviewed believed that injured people exaggerate their injuries to get more money at trial. Consider that for a moment. Before a single word of testimony is heard, your jurors believe that you arelying about how bad you are hurt. So what is the best way to fightthis? By underplaying your injuries. By letting the jurors understand that yes you were injured, but you are making the best of it. You aren’t whining. You aren’t complaining. You are just trying to live with the pain. Undersell the case. That is the bestway to counter juror beliefs about exaggerating your injuries.
Want further proof? Think about the last Pittsburgh Steelers playoff game against Denver. Remember all the injured Steelers. Recall theinjuries to Big Ben? But there was no whining by the Steelers abouthow unfair it all was. The Steelers lost the game but everyone admired them for fighting with what they had.
I am convinced that is the same approach to take with jury trials. Blue collar living jurors identify with that approach to life.

Once again I want to publicly acknowledge each and every one of you who take the time each month to read our Newsletter. We advertise heavily in the phone books, on the Internet, in church bulletins and even in the newspapers (Pittsburgh Tribune Review every Sunday and Monday). Just to be competitive with finger pointing attorneys, we spend a boatload ofmoney on advertising each year. But what is our best source for client referrals? You guessed it, our loyal past and current clientswho read this Newsletter each month. You are the source of our success.
We are fast approaching 5,000 readers who receive our free Newsletter each month. It is you, our readers, who are the biggest source of case referrals of friends, family and neighbors. Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart. Thank you Harry C., Jennifer B., Patricia T., Roselee J. and Todd G. for your kind referrals recently. Finally, if you do refer us a client, even if it is only for a consultation, please let us know so we can acknowledge you in our Newsletter!
Congratulations to Ken F. whose name was drawn from our clients who correctly answered last month’s question. He will receive a $50.00 gas card.

Question of the Month:

Now for this month’s chance to win: Please name any current Pittsburgh Pirate player. (My family does not thinkI am going to get any responses to this question. Let’s prove them wrong!)

You have a choice. The Presidential election between President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney will determine the direction of our Country for the next four years.It is none of my business who you vote for. I would suggest that you vote for who you feel would best represent us as a people. This is what makes democracy work.

Check this out. According to the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, a 13-year-old boy was handcuffed and hauled off to a juvenile detention center for burping loudly in physical education class in New Mexico.
The parents filed a lawsuit against the school district. The suit claims the boy was transported to the juvenile center without his parents being notified. It also details a separate incident on November 8th when the same student was forced to strip down to his underwear while five adults watched, as he was accused of selling pot to another student. The boy was never charged.
Think a jury might get a tad upset about the actions of the school district in this matter? Think that a huge punitive damage award is a possibility?


Product liability lawsuits alleging that vaginal mesh devices implanted in women are defectiveand that manufacturers failed to warn about their dangers are shaping up into a widespread mass tort. Please call us to discuss these types of cases.

If you or someone you know has been hurt in any of the following situations, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation: Personal Injury cases, Injuries Involving Surgery ofany kind, Children’s Injuries, Fractured Bones, Vehicle Accidents,Catastrophic Injuries, Medical Malpractice cases, Wrongful Death cases, Product Liability/ Defective Product cases, Homeowners Liability cases, Workers Compensation cases and Criminal Defense.


Your Friend,    Bernie Tully