Saturday, January 26, 2013
Gerry's Medical Malpractice Website
Your case is on for trial and your lawyer tells you that he's going in for jury selection on your case. You've heard the phrase "Challenge for cause" and want to learn what it means.
During jury selection each attorney has three opportunities to excuse potential jurors without having to give any reason whatsoever. Once the attorney has used up each of those three opportunities, what can he do if he does not like a particular juror to try and get that person off of the jury panel?
First, he has to question the potential juror to find out specifically what concerns or issues he has.
He may be prejudiced.
He may be biased.
He may have very strong opinions about lawsuits like these.
He may favor one side or the other.
He may not be interested in following the law that the judge gives at the end of the trial.
Whatever the reason is, the attorney has an obligation to learn what issues and problems this potential juror has. Then, the defense attorney has an opportunity to speak with this person as well. After the attorneys have finished speaking with the potential juror, they will step outside and excuse those people that they feel are not appropriate to sit as jurors on this case.
If your attorney has used up all of his three opportunities to remove potential jurors, he must now give a specific reason why he wants a particular juror removed. If the defense attorney does not agree, the attorneys must present their dispute to the judge who supervises jury selection.
The attorney must present a compelling argument in order to have the judge agree that this particular person should not be a juror on this case.
Watch the video to learn more...
Here's a cardiac malpractice case where I was able to achieve a $6 million dollar settlement for my client.
Here's a foot surgery case where a Westchester, NY jury awarded my client $1.55 million dollars for her pain and suffering.
To learn more about how medical malpractice cases work in the state of New York, I encourage you to explore my educational website.
If you have legal questions, I invite you to pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is what I do every day and I'd be happy to chat with you.
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25 Great Neck Road, Ste. 4
Great Neck, NY 11021