Will my Maryland medical malpractice trial be like it is on TV? No, in general, it will not. Television programs tend to sensationalize things. In fact, most people that have sat on juries or through trials have stated that most are rather boring.
WILL MY MARYLAND MEDICAL MALPRACTICE TRIAL BE LIKE IT IS ON TV?
Individuals who have sat through trials or on juries have stated that the trial can be rather boring. It is not so much as the subject matter is boring. It is because the trial does not happen like it does on TV. There are a lot of pauses in real trials. Often when either side objects, the judge will stop the trial and the attorneys will approach the bench. At this point jurors and spectators are not privy to what is being said.
When these breaks occur, the judge will either clear the room of jurors and/or turn on the “white noise.” The white noise is the sound blocker that prevents anyone in the courtroom from hearing the conversation that is occurring at the bench between the judge and the attorneys.
WHAT ABOUT THE EVIDENCE AND BEING ABLE TO SEE IT OR TOUCH IT?
In certain types of trials, how the evidence is handled can be different. For example, with a criminal case, if the evidence is a weapon, drugs or even a bloody glove, it may not be passed around, but instead held up and shown to the jury that way. A litigant by and through his/her attorney would have seen or had an opportunity to review the evidence before hand.
In many other trials, and even those criminal matters without dangerous evidence, evidence can be displayed and passed around to the jury. The litigants will also be privy to what potentially could be used as evidence beforehand. Unlike television, evidence must be disclosed prior to trial. This way parties may have an opportunity to challenge or rebut the anticipated evidence. So, it is unlikely that the “unknown, surprise witness” will appear with the smoking gun key piece of evidence mid-trial.
IF YOU HAVE MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR MARYLAND MEDICAL INJURY CALL ME.
If you have specific questions about your pending medical malpractice case, you should speak to your attorney about those. This article and coordinating video deals with the general aspects of how real-life trial is different from television trials and answers the question of will my Maryland medical malpractice trial be like it is on TV?
To speak with me further about your injuries in a hospital or by a doctor this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone and give me a call. I can be reached at 301-850-4832. I answer medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and I would be happy to listen to your story.
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