Today I’d like to talk to you about proving
your civil case in Massachusetts. Hi. My name is Neil Crowley. I’m a Massachusetts personal
injury trial lawyer with offices in downtown Boston and in Dedham. In Massachusetts, in
order to prove a civil case, you need to show that you are more likely right than wrong.
This means that more likely your version of the events happened than the other person’s
version of events. This is called “preponderance of the evidence.” This is not proof beyond
a reasonable doubt. That’s a standard in a criminal case. People may be familiar with
that because of things they may see on television or the movies. An example of this is the OJ
Simpson case. OJ Simpson was found not guilty in his criminal case. That means that the
prosecution was not able to prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Did you know that
the civil lawsuit was later brought against OJ Simpson and he was found responsible in
that suit? The burden in that case was preponderance of the evidence. So why do you need to know
this? In Massachusetts, you’ll need to prove your case by preponderance of the evidence
before a jury or fact finder, before you get to the damages part. Now what’s the damages
portion of your claim? That would be what your award is – how much you get. Chances
are you’re watching this; you have questions about proving a civil case in Massachusetts.
Give me a call. I can answer your questions. My name is Neil Crowley. My phone number is
781-251-0555. Thanks for watching.