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The challenge of asking for damages

When Carl Bettinger stepped up to the jury box in the summer of 2007 to make closing arguments in a nursing home abuse case, he reminded the jury that his client was not just an old and sick woman, as the defense claimed. She had been a child, had played in a sandbox, had been a mother and grandmother, had loved and lived.

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The challenge of asking for damages

Whether you're a plaintiffs' lawyer asking the jury for millions of dollars or a defense lawyer seeking zero damages, broaching the topic of money is always a tricky thing. Too high a number and you risk offending the jury; too low and you've sold your case short.

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