Good morning, I’m Patrick Geraghty. I’m an attorney in Fort Myers, Florida, been here for about 43 to 44 years. I’m with the firm of Geraghty, Dougherty & Edwards, and we do litigation. Our litigation practice is somewhat unique in that it’s all we do, and besides doing some personal injury work, we do some federal civil rights work. We do real estate and commercial litigation as well, including inverse condemnation. So we’ve had a variety of cases over the years and had a variety of scenarios, where we thought it might be worthwhile and it was worthwhile, by the way, to retain Magnus Research. If you want to know more about my own personal thoughts on it, please feel free to give me a call or contact me by email, but they’ve done some wonderful things for us. And, there have been cases over the years, where I might have thought of one thing, based on my experience and background, and low and behold, the mock jury told me just the opposite. They weren’t thinking along the same lines as I was thinking. In short, I guess I was thinking as an attorney, and they were thinking as jurors, as they should. And if you don’t know what jurors are thinking, or what you believe they’re going to think, I think you’re doing yourself a disservice by not employing Magnus to give you that information. I can think of one case in particular, where there was no doubt in my mind, it was a tragic case involving a school bus that had run out of gas on I-75 south of Tampa. A drunk motorist came along, and struck several of the children who were standing beside the bus, tragically killing two of them, injuring several others. And in my opinion, the lights from the emergency truck from a filling station that had come to assist the bus, that were pointing south, caused the drunk to veer to the right and then allowing him, or causing him, to strike the children. I thought there had to be some liability on the tow truck driver. Unfortunately for my point of view, I was dead wrong.
The mock jury that Magnus had come together, actually two or three of them, they all found no liability at all on the tow truck driver. That information helped us immeasurably when we went to mediation to resolve the case, and in fact it was resolved.
Without violating any confidentiality in mediation, I can assure you that it was resolved also on a very positive note with the tow truck company. And quite frankly, without that information we would have been, not only remiss in representing our client, but it would have had a different result altogether.