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Liam Duffy Shares Insights on Conveying Wrongful Death Damages in Latest Trial Magazine

Posted: April 1, 2024

As trial lawyers, we have a unique and weighted charge: telling our client’s story. We must effectively communicate the experience of their life to key decision-makers—judges, juries, mediators—who have never met our client before. This is both a responsibility and a privilege, particularly in cases involving wrongful death. Because, in such cases, you have also never met your “client,” the person who has died.

Put plainly, it’s a delicate balancing act—and one that our team at Yarborough Applegate knows well. Attorney Liam Duffy discusses its complexities and important considerations in this month’s issue of American Association for Justice’s Trial magazine.

Drawing on his firsthand trial experience, most recently on a Yarborough Applegate case involving the death of an infant at a South Carolina daycare, Duffy shares insights on where to begin. From spending meaningful, in-person time with family members and friends to better understand the impact of your client’s death to looking beyond photographs and videos to paint a picture of the life lost, Duffy surveys a number of avenues for fellow trial lawyers.

In some cases, Duffy writes, the most compelling narration can involve references from literature, poetry, music, or movies, noting that because they were not created for the courtroom, they tend to resonate and carry credibility. “Look for kernels of truth within them that can help capture your client’s experience and loss,” he suggests.

Find the full piece, “Tips for Conveying Wrongful Death Damages,” in the April 2024 Trial magazine.

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