Take the Tort Quiz

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Take the Tort Quiz!

We told you we might be back with another PopTort Pop Quiz, and we weren’t kidding! It’s Civil Justice Quiz Time!  Let’s just see how many you get right this time.

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.