In a recent interview, leading medical malpractice attorney Chip Wagar, founding partner at Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LL in Metairie, LA, has just revealed some key insights in handling hidden jury bias during a trial. —
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When asked to comment, Wagar said, “Hidden jury bias about the medical system is more common than what most people think. It’s vital to uncover and overcome these biases in order to have the best possible chance at winning a medical malpractice suit.”
One vital aspect of breaking down this bias is by addressing the jury’s perceptions about physicians.
When asked to elaborate, Wagar commented, “A lot of people have the tendency to place doctors on a pedestal as someone who could do no wrong. We have to first correct this notion in order to make our medical malpractice case believable in the eyes of the jury.”
He added that a good way of overcoming these misperceptions is by showing how a doctor's behavior breached a standard of care in the medical community and further reveal how this breach led to negligence.
The other bias that juries tend to bring into the courtroom, according to Wagar, is that the medical system is infallible.
“For their own benefit, most people want to believe that the medical field works without a hitch and is not broken. When the jury thinks that the medical system is never at fault, they tend to negatively view the plaintiff who filed the case,” Wagar added.
“What a lot of people don’t realize is that medical negligence is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and the medical system is rarely as safe as many assume that it is. Medical mistakes happen, and it’s important we can show that to the jury.”
One of the best ways of doing this, according to Wagar, is to demonstrate how the malpractice case in question is not limited to an isolated incident but could negatively impact the entire medical community.
“At the point, the jury will often begin to see the plaintiff differently. They see the wider picture and that their decision on a medical malpractice case can help to fix and improve the medical community,” he said.
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