What Is Demonstrative Evidence?

Sep 11th, 2015 | Firm News

When it comes to medical malpractice cases in Connecticut, the plaintiff — you and your attorney — must be able to prove fault by presenting evidence. In general, there are two types of evidence. The first is a trial testimony. This is evidence presented by professionals in the fiend and other experts who can shed light on the matter. They may be asked if they doctor did anything wrong, if they themselves would have done something differently, etc.

The second kind of evidence is demonstrative. This includes just about everything physical that may be presented. Think of all those lawyer shows with the attorney presenting “Exhibit A.” That is demonstrative evidence. It is used as a visual aid to show the jury that you were the victim of medical malpractice and, therefore, deserve compensation.

What Are the Different Types of Demonstrative Evidence?

There are many different forms of demonstrative evidence that can be used. One of the most popular is medical imaging. An attorney can use x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and just plain photographs to clearly demonstrate where the doctor injured you. They can also use it to show an erroneous or failure of diagnosis.

If these images are not so clear, or may not be easy to interpret by a jury, models could be used. These allow the attorney to point out the location imaged on the body so the jury gets a better understanding of it. The next level up is a computer animation, which can show exactly what the procedure should look like versus what the doctor allegedly did.

Before your medical malpractice case goes to trial, however, you may want to consult with an attorney. They may be able to walk you through the trial process and recommend certain legal actions when the time comes.