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Your Credibility is Extremely Important in a Medical Malpractice Case

Your credibility is a key component of your entire medical malpractice case. Remember, you are claiming that you have suffered significant injuries because of somebody else's negligence or carelessness. You are claiming that your injuries and harms were caused by somebody's negligence. Now, you are asking the jury to believe that what you are saying is true.

You are asking the jury to understand and recognize that the harms and injuries you have suffered, affect you on a daily basis. You are claiming that your injuries are disabling you and preventing you from doing daily activities.

A Small Lie can Destroy Your Case

If for some reason, you happen to tell a little white lie during trial, it may turn out very bad for your case. At the very end of the trial, the judge will give the jury a set of instructions. In these instructions, there is one particular instruction that particularly talks about this. The instruction tells the jury that if they find that a witness has testified falsely for one little thing, they have the right to disregard not only the one little thing but also everything the witness has told.

Now, for instance, you have lied about one small matter during the course of your trial, and when the defense lawyer asks you questions he manages to catch you in a contradiction, then that one little contradiction or lie, can destroy your entire case. Your credibility will be undermined. Now you may not receive anything whereas if you told the truth you probably would have received something.

Instruction Given by the Judge to the Jury

The reason is that jury is told by the judge that they have the absolute right to disregard that witness's entire testimony, if they believe that the witness has testified falsely over even one single thing. This one single aspect could be extremely insignificant, and even nothing to do with the facts of your case. However, it matters a lot, since the judge will clearly instruct the jury that they can disregard or reject the entire testimony given by such a witness.

Importance of Credibility

The reality is that your credibility is everything in your particular case. If you happen to tell one little lie, one little fib, or one little contradiction then it could damage your entire case. One instruction that the judge gives to the jury is extremely important and the defense will definitely make sure it is told to the jury. If the defense has managed to catch you or any of your crucial witnesses in a contradiction then they will definitely comment on it during closing arguments and ask the jury to remember what the judge had instructed them.

Apart from the instruction, people tend to disbelieve you if you are caught telling even one lie. One little lie is enough to cast a major doubt in the minds of the jury about what else the witness might have lied about during his or her testimony. Therefore, there are terrific chances for the jury to disregard the entire testimony, and when the plaintiff is caught in a lie, it could mean the end of the case and your version on what happened while exonerating the side you hoped to pin to the wall.

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