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Do Juries Like Doctors and Hospitals

When you bring a claim against a hospital or a doctor in the state of New York, the medical malpractice case will be tried in court and a jury will ultimately decide on the case. Did you know that juries generally like doctors? Many lawyers refer to this, as the elephant in the room. Lawyers discuss it with their clients, and it is discussed with juries as well. Attorneys should definitely broach this subject, and it should not be kept hidden.

A Violation of Basic Standard of Medical Care

There are people who have suffered injuries in New York, because of improper medical care. This has happened because the hospital or doctor had violated the basic standards of medical care. However, one of the things that are not discussed by attorneys with their clients is that juries like doctors, and juries like hospitals. Why is that?

Consider the basic psychology behind this. What does anybody do when he is sick? He goes to a doctor. What happens when we have a medical emergency? We go to a hospital. We do this because we put our trust and our lives in the hands of the doctor and/or hospital. They are specialists or experts, who have advanced medical knowledge and information to try to help us to solve our particular health problem.

Preconceived Notions and Ideas

The victim will come to court and claim that a doctor or hospital has violated the basic standards of medical care that has resulted in his injuries. The jury that comes to sit in judgment of your medical malpractice case is people who will have their own ideas and preconceived notions. Therefore, the people who make up the jury have to be asked whether they have any bias or prejudices towards doctors or any one doctor or hospital in particular. For instance, the plaintiff's attorney could ask the juror that just because doctors are board certified, do you automatically put them on a pedestal, and therefore do you believe that they can do no wrong or harm.

Jury Selection

Generally, people hold doctors in very high regard, and the plaintiff's lawyer will have to make the jurors open up and receptive to the idea that at a particular time and day a doctor could have been careless, and due to this carelessness, the patient could have suffered significant harm and injury.

This is paramount during jury selection, as the lawyer should know whether the juror would be open and receptive to the possibility that a doctor or hospital could have been negligent or done wrong. This will simply open up the discussion to explore the fact that juries usually like doctors. The plaintiff's lawyer will have a huge hurdle to overcome, when he is trying to show the jury that his client is more likely right than wrong.

A juror who is biased towards doctors or hospitals, and holds them in high regard, would be detrimental in a medical malpractice case. Therefore, the attorney will question the jurors carefully during jury selection to find out about their ideas and prejudices, and see if they are open to the possibility that a doctor or hospital could do wrong.

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