SECRET TRUTH #1 REVEALED: jury verdicts get paid by the car insurance company that is paying the defense lawyer.
SECRET TRUTH #2 REVEALED: the defendant in the court does NOT pay the verdict–their car insurance company pays it.
At trial when we sit in the courtroom in front of the judge and the jury, we are not allowed to tell jurors that the nice person we are being forced to sue in the courtroom (i.e. the defendant), is NOT going to have pay the money that the jury awards. The law says we CANNOT say “State Farm” or “Allstate” or “Progressive”. The law says that we are totally prevented from sharing the truth: it is the defendant’s car insurance company that has forced their insured (i.e. the defendant in the courtroom) to be sitting the court. It’s not fair that we can’t say this out loud, but it is 100% fact.
So, when we have to sue the “defendant”, and when we ask the jury to award a monetary amount to compensate our client (i.e. the plaintiff), in reality all the jury is having to do is make the defendant’s car insurance company FINALLY do the right thing and pay our client who should not have had to be in the court. And honestly, the defendant should not have had to be in court either–it is their insurance company that forced them to sit there, take the witness stand, and have to relive the event.
In sum: JURORS, THAT VERDICT YOU AWARD IS GETTING PAID BY THE AUTO INSURANCE AND THERE IS A LOT MORE INSURANCE THAN YOU MAY THINK THE DEFENDANT HAS. LAWYERS ARE NOT MAKING THE DEFENDANT PAY ANYTHING FROM HER OR HIS OWN POCKET.