The Road to a Verdict

Course description

Time: 12-1 p.m

Going to trial is inherently stressful. Juries are unpredictable, expert witnesses can be frustrating, and a defendant physician has little control over how events proceed. In this session, Dr. Gita Pensa will explore the practical and psychological preparation required when a case goes to trial, the sequence of events, best practices when navigating a trial, and how to present yourself and testify effectively. We will also discuss variables that influence whether a case is settled or litigated to a verdict, and the common feelings physicians and clinicians may have about various outcomes.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the defendant’s role in trial preparation
  • Summarize characteristics of effective trial testimony
  • List variables that may influence the decision to settle a case
  • Identify sources of support for litigation stress during this high-risk period
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