At the end of a negligence trial, a medical malpractice trial or a wrongful death trial in the state of New York, the jury will be required to answer a series of questions that comprise their verdict. Those questions will be printed on a document known as a verdict sheet.
When the jury goes back to deliberate and decide your case, they will be given a single document made up of multiple questions on multiple pages. The questions will have been carefully formulated and vetted by the attorneys in the case as well as the judge.
The jury must answer the questions in sequence.
The type and number of claims being brought will determine the total number of questions being asked. In any event, there are typically be three types of questions that the jury must answer:
Was the defendant negligent?
Was the defendant's negligence a substantial factor in causing the injury?
If yes, how much compensation do you award?
After the jury has reached a decision, they will return back to the courtroom. When the judge asks the jury foreperson to read the verdict, they read from the verdict sheet. That sheet then becomes a permanent exhibit for that trial.
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