I’ve sat on many jury panels for voir dire, but have never been selected for the final jury. What can I say? I’m a nurse, attorney, teacher and mentor for Certified Legal Nurse Consultants. What do you think the odds of me being selected on the jury will be? After all, I’m an attorney’s worst nightmare, although I believe I’d be the perfect juror for any injury case.
In general, injury attorneys don’t want nurses on their jury – period, end of statement. Why? First, a nurse would quickly sift through the smoke and mirrors and get to the heart of the issues. The jurors would view you as their leader who is guiding them through the medical maze. Attorneys don’t want a jury of one and that’s what the jury would become.
Second, plaintiff attorneys believe RNs will not award significant damages because you are immune to pain. Before you disagree and go all bleeding-heart on me, think about how you react when your spouse or significant other is sick. Are you the sympathetic Florence Nightingale sweeping in to provide a level of care unheralded in modern healthcare history? OR do you look at them with a mischievous grin and say, “Your temp is only 101°. You’re not on a ventilator. I don’t see an NG tube or Foley catheter so buck up sweetie and get back to your honey-do list!”
In the law there are always exceptions and the rare nurse will make it to a jury in a medical-related case. The odds are, however, like me you’ll never make it past voir dire. That’s unfortunate. If every jury had an RN on it the justice system would sort itself out quickly and fairly, for sure.
I’m Just Sayin’
P.S. Comment and share your jury selection experiences.