1. Tort case filings are what percentage of all civil cases in our courts?
a. More than 50%
b. Between 25% and 50%
c. Between 10% and 25%
d. Under 10%
The correct answer is: d. According to the National Center for State Courts, tort cases represented only 6 percent of all civil caseloads in the reporting states.
2. From 1999 to 2008, the number of tort filings:
a. Increased by more than 25%
b. Increased by 10%
c. Dropped by 10%
d. Dropped by more than 10%
It's d once again! Tort filings fell by 25 percent in those states studied by the National Center for State Courts!
3. The median damage award in tort cases is:
a. $1 million
b. Between $500,000 and $1 million
c. Between $100,000 and $500,000
d. Less than $100,000
Once again, horribly predictable. The answer is d. In fact, the median award in tort cases is just $24,000!
For more great stuff, including why our judges love the civil jury system, get the Center for Justice & Democracy’s new BRIEFING BOOK, TORT LITIGATION AND JURIES: BY THE NUMBERS.
And if you are interested in medical malpractice statistics, you can find those in our continuously updated Medical Malpractice Briefing Book: By the Numbers.
So study up. You know we’ll be back.