Statistics for Damages Awarded in Tennessee Personal Injury Cases for Fiscal Year 2013 - 2014

Posted on May 6 2015 10:23AM by Attorney, Jason A. Lee

This post is another post in a continuing series of discussions about the most recent Tennessee judiciary annual report.  The most recent report was released for the 2013 – 2014 fiscal year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014).  As I previously discussed, out of the 416 personal injury or death cases that went to trial in 2013 – 2014, a total of only 128 of those cases actually resulted in damages.  The total monetary award for these 128 cases that resulted in damages was $44,723,979.00.  This constitutes an average award of $349,406.00 per case where damages were actually awarded.  However, that number is very deceiving.  Specifically, this statistic was significantly warped by one single award in Shelby County totaling $33,591,900.00.  When this one award is removed, the total damages awarded in personal injury or death trials in Tennessee for the 2013 – 2014 fiscal year totals $11,132,079.00.  This results in average award of $87,654.16. 


Interestingly, out of the 128 cases where damages were awarded, only 27 cases resulted in awards of $100,000.00 to $1,000,000.00.  There were only 2 cases that were awarded over $1,000,000.00 in the State of Tennessee for 2013 – 2014 (this includes the above discussed $33,591.900.00 award).  The remaining 99 cases were all awarded damages somewhere between $1 and $99,999.99.  Once again, obviously a substantial amount of cases settled before going to trial so there are obviously very significant cases that never go to trial and are instead settled.  However these statistics show how few large jury verdicts there are in Tennessee on an annual basis.  These statistics are very helpful in providing a measuring stick to assess Tennessee cases and the value for those Tennessee cases.  These numbers show, once again, how favorable things are for the defense in Tennessee. 


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