Characteristics of the Personal Injury Plaintiff/Hero


Aristotle discusses the traits of the tragic hero. To Aristotle one does not need to be an award winner or have recognized accomplishments to be seen as a hero. The key is be true to life and realistic.  There is no 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 members see 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.

As we have previously discussed there are four elements to the personal injury tragedy. Although the hero may be worthy of consideration there must be a reason for the consideration. In the next post we discuss adversity- the element that introduces why consideration is worthy.

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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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