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Juries Seem to Enjoy Show and Tell in Medical Malpractice Cases

Juries seem to like show and tell for the same reason kids love it in elementary school. In school, kids are asked to bring in something to show and tell to the class. This activity is interesting, lively, and fascinating, and kids get to see something that they may have not seen previously. The kids bring in some new toy or some shiny object to class and tell what they know about it, which makes it interesting for everybody.

Show and Tell During Trial

The same type of thinking goes on during a trial. During the course of a trial, there is lot of evidence presented, and many testimonies are given. Actually, all of this is going to be very dry and not very interesting. The plaintiff has to show to the jury that he is more likely right than wrong. The plaintiff's lawyer will try to tip the scales even slightly to show that what occurred to the plaintiff it more likely true than false.

Once the attorney is able to do that, the jury will most likely pass a verdict favoring the plaintiff. However, one of the key ways to show that the plaintiff is more likely right than wrong is to use demonstrative evidence.

Demonstrative Evidence

The evidence should be presented by using videos, photos, images, diagrams, and so on. This is done to show the jury, what cannot be presented effectively through mere words. For instance, the attorney will bring in experts, and whatever is explained is demonstrated with the help of a model to show the parts that were injured. In a personal injury case, the lawyer could bring in accident reconstruction experts to reconstruct the accident and show to the jury how exactly the accident took place. The jurors are then able to see in their own minds, the events that could have occurred.

Show and tell is extremely powerful way of presenting evidence. Typically, whenever somebody brings in a model, a diagram, or an exhibit, immediately interest is aroused, and the audience pays rapt attention to what is being explained. The same thing happens in a courtroom when the attorney or witness explains something with the help of visual aids and models.

The jurors are not only interested in what is going on, but they also pay full attention to what is being said. The jurors are now being presented something different, and they are no longer listening to dry testimony. They are listening to something that is "alive" and something that they can see clearly and visualize in their own minds what is intended.

Show and tell is the only way the matter can be presented in a way that has a lasting impression on the jury. The jurors are not likely to forget such testimonies when they are deliberating after the trial is over, and it helps them take the right decision and arrive at a just verdict. Show and tell is the best strategy for presenting evidence and making an impression on the jury.

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