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Are Juries Prejudiced Against Non-English-Speaking Plaintiffs?

Chicago, Ill. (PRWEB) January 12, 2009

A recent study has exposed a serious breach of equality in the courtroom that has long outraged Jeffrey Kroll, of the Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll.

The study, sponsored by Texas Tech University, found that English-speaking plaintiffs are 15 percent more likely to obtain a favorable jury trial verdict than non-English-speaking Hispanics when suing in a court of law.

"It's unacceptable that in our democratic society, some people are being treated like second-class citizens in the courtroom," Kroll says. "Nobody knows this is going on, and it's just not fair."

Non-English speakers who have been injured and are suing in a personal injury or wrongful death case should make sure their lawyer knows how to keep the jurors' judgment from being clouded by language bias.

"Tragedy doesn't discriminate, but people do -- including jurors," Kroll says.

However, he says the apparent disadvantage non-English-speaking plaintiffs have in a jury trial can be overcome by the manner in which a lawyer presents evidence. Kroll himself has successfully represented several non-English-speaking plaintiffs and had several settlements in excess of a million dollars in which the plaintiff did not speak English.

Kroll counters a potentially prejudiced jury by choosing from an arsenal of techniques he has stockpiled from his 17 years' experience as a trial lawyer, including the following: