Characteristics of the Personal Injury Plaintiff/Hero


Aristotle discusses the traits of the tragic hero. The hero does not need to be an award winner or have recognized accomplishments. The key is be true to life and realistic.  There is a lack of pretense. The audience needs to see the hero as appropriate to his or her position in life. There is no exaggeration, and the hero is consistent in his actions.

Applied to a personal injury case this means the plaintiff is an honest person. There is never overstatement. What is important is honesty in pursuit of deliberate choices. In other words the hero has thought out his goals and direction in life. He is pursuing a deliberate path. With candor and straight forwardness he admits failure and success.

In a tragic play the audience sees the realistic person as they see themself. In a personal injury case the same phenomena occurs with the jury when they see plaintiff as a true to life person who tells it like it is. This is appealing and worthy of consideration. In tragedy the hero must face adversity. Once the audience relates to the hero they relate to the hero facing adversity.


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  1. […] the essential elements of a tragic play. Applied to a personal injury case we know we must have: a hero, who sustains adversity, does his best to overcome the adversity, but no matter how hard he tries […]

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