Elements of Personal Injury Tragedy

In a personal injury tragedy we have four elements:

1. Hero. As with all tragedy we must have a hero. This is our personal injury plaintiff. We will apply Aristotle in analyzing what makes a hero appeal to the audience (jury).

2. Adversity. The hero must be dealt adversity. Here we depart from Aristotle’s classic explanation of tragedy found in Poetics. The adversity  Aristotle identifies in Poetics involves a tragic flaw in the hero. The adversity in a personal injury case is the injury which is not a tragic flaw.

3. Attempt to Overcome Adversity. The hero must do everything she can to overcome the adversity (injury).

4. Inability to Overcome Adversity. No matter how hard the hero tries she will not be able to overcome the adversity because her injuries are permanent.

When these four elements are present in a personal injury case we have a tragedy. Recognizing these four elements and demonstrating them in trial is the key to successfully trying a personal injury tragedy case. In the next post we will consult Aristotle to analize the qualities of a hero that have appealed to audiences since ancient time and continue to appeal to juries.

    23 Responses to “Elements of Personal Injury Tragedy”

    1. Hey! Thanks for a great site! I stumbled on the site by chance and think it looks awesome! How long did it take to develop it?

    2. Bleka tänderna says:

      This is my first time visiting your blog. I do envy you since you seem to get a lot more comments then I do. Do you have any secret tips on how I can get more comments or do I just have to be paitent? Anyway, keep up the good work.

    3. Noemi Sadlow says:

      Dude, I know you aren’t the sort of person that seriously cares being known as dude, but dude! I love your weblog.

    4. Obdulia Schleibaum says:

      Great news website. I love this site.

    5. Earle Halonen says:

      This article must be headline news Good luck for you sir

    6. Shameka Burkley says:

      Thank you for keeping us updated. I really appreciate it and find all the information very useful.

    7. Rosetta Kaloi says:

      This is Awesome! Thank you so much.

    8. Jason Fabian says:

      I find it so encouraging that am not the only girl out there over the age of 20 who doesn’t know any of this! Time to learn *about all of it*.

    9. Adolfo Brain says:

      great post! i’m bookmarking this!

    10. John Talalay says:

      Simply want to say your article is astounding. The clearness in your post is spectacular. I assume you are an expert in this field. Well with your permission allow me to grab your rss feed to keep up to date with future post. Thanks a million and please keep up the admirable work.

    11. Joellen Baxi says:

      You may have not intended to do so, but I think you have managed to express the state of mind that a lot of people are in. The sense of wanting to help, but not knowing how or where, is something a lot of us are going through.

    12. I thought it was going to be some boring old post, but it was worthwhile reading. I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful

    13. I like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your weblog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I will learn lots of new stuff right here!

    14. This is so great that I had to comment. I’m usually just a lurker, taking in knowledge and nodding my head in quiet approval at the good stuff…..this required comment. Your theory rocks…thanks.

    15. Keith Floyd says:

      Great post once again. Thank you.

    16. Art Smith says:

      Top-notch theory indeed. This is helpful on understanding personal injury as tragedy.

    17. Excellent web. Good info, congrats. This is one the best Articles and info I have seen this year. I will return to your website.

    18. Shandra Rodiquez says:

      Good blog! I like it.

    19. This post is insightful and useful to my knowledge in the field of the dynamics of a personal injury case. Thank you. I will return and I will tell my internet-inclined friends to visit zenlawyerseattle. Keep posting and expressing your knowledge and opinions, strong!

    20. Elna Revering says:

      Good blog! I like it.

    21. Frankie Tiernan says:

      I need to say your site is great. I really like your theme! I’ve bookmarked your site. Many thanks for a good website.

    Leave a Reply