As someone who has suffered horrendous physical and emotional damage from a defective medical product in North Carolina (or elsewhere), you’re fired up and ready to take action–legal and otherwise–to get your life back in balance, obtain compensation, and hold negligent people/companies to the strictest possible account.
You’ve developed a narrative about your injury — how you think it happened, who caused it, etc.
But how accurate is that picture?
Perhaps a nurse misread your chart and titrated your medication wrong. As a result of that error, you suffered hemorrhaging and a stroke. You had to endure three operations just to get stabilized. You have a very vivid and articulated set of thoughts about what happened and why.
But our narratives can be often surprisingly misguided and mixed up, even when we think rationally and scientifically.
For fascinating insight into just how smart people can come to believe absurd things, consider “The Heretics: Adventures with the Enemies of Science,” a new book by science journalist, Will Storr. Curious about the origins of extreme beliefs (i.e. 9/11 Denialism, holocaust denial, UFO conspiracy theories, etc) Storr interviewed several people who held extreme beliefs.
Even when confronted by a factual refutation of a favored narrative, the believers found new justifications to keep believing. They got trapped in confirmation bias. One of the most vivid examples–discussed in the Yahoo! News review of the book–came from Storr’s experience interviewing a former holocaust denier named David Irving.
He took Irving to a concentration camp in Poland, and they visited a gas chamber together. Irving refused to believe that the building was actually used to mass murder Jews and called it “a mockup of a gas chamber.”
Storr found that many people who believe in extremely weird things were otherwise rational, capable individuals.
What this suggests is that our personal narratives can malfunction–or lead us to strange and awkward conclusions–in a way that’s very situation-specific.
One way to get around that problem–if you’re trying to fight and win a North Carolina personal injury lawsuit–is to connect with experienced people who see what you can’t.
Connect with the DeMayo Law team today at (877) 333-1000, so we can help you parse fact from fiction and build a resilient and logically sound case.