Imagine you’re a juror in a products liability trial. The case involves a catastrophically injured plaintiff and a defendant that designed, manufactured and sold a product. The plaintiff suffered her injuries while using the product and claims a product defect caused her injuries. The defendant claims the product was designed and manufactured safely, and the plaintiff’s unfortunate injuries were her own (or someone else’s) fault.

As a juror, you will consider evidence including design drawings, product testing and analysis, marketing materials, and corporate designee and expert testimony. But imagine the impact it would have if the plaintiffs attorney tells you the following information in opening: