Assessing Critical Thinking Skills as a Key Element of Trial Preparation

Assessing Critical Thinking Skills as a Key Element of Trial Preparation

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As a trial consultant, legal psychologist and professor, I had the unique experience of serving on a jury in a civil case. At issue was the plaintiff’s inability to collect payment from the defendant insurance company for treatment allegedly administered as the result of an automobile accident. The amount due was $6,000. The trial lasted two days. Witnesses for both sides included insurance claim adjusters, two attending physicians, the individual involved in the car accident, the rehabilitation center accounting clerk, and a chiropractor. At the completion of the case we had a single question before us: “Should the insurance company pay the plaintiff [rehabilitation center] for services rendered to the individual involved in the automobile accident which were reasonable, necessary, and a direct result of the accident.”