Jury Verdict Summaries from the National Association of State Jury Verdict Publishers

The following three-year analysis of civil jury trials in the State of Washington compares those awards given in cases involving transportation accidents (PIMV; truck/car; common carrier; etc.) with awards in other tort categories. It was prepared by Ms. Diane Petersen, the Managing Editor of Jury Verdicts Northwest (Seattle WA) based upon cases tried and reported to Jury Verdicts Northwest by the attorneys involved in the litigation. For more information, contact Ms. Petersen at 425-774-0530.

1997
 
Total number of verdicts reported: 272
Total number of transportation cases: 148
Total number of other tort cases: 124
 
Plaintiff rate of recovery for transportation cases: 77%
Plaintiff rate of recovery for other tort cases: 54%
 
Average verdict for transportation cases: $45,944
 
Average verdicts for other tort cases:  
   Assault/Abuse $247,500
   Civil Rights $2,396,652
(only 1 pltf verdict reported)
   Contracts $14,186
   Employment $1,012,142
   Excessive Force/False Arrest $760,000
(only 1 pltf verdict reported)
   Medical Malpractice $974,918
   Negligence $528,802
   Premises Liability $360,160
   Product Liability $252,025
   Work Site Accidents $298,717
 
1996
 
Total number of verdicts reported: 284
Total number of transportation cases: 153
Total number of other tort cases: 131
 
Plaintiff rate of recovery for transportation cases: 73%
Plaintiff rate of recovery for other tort cases: 48%
 
Average verdict for transportation cases: $39,570
 
Average verdicts for other tort cases:  
   Assault/Abuse $138,973
   Civil Rights no plaintiff verdicts reported
   Contracts $414,573
   Employment $690,273
   Excessive Force/False Arrest $6,000
   Medical Malpractice $1,067,143
   Negligence $449,458
   Premises Liability $56,706
   Product Liability $3,022,628
   Work Site Accidents $1,870,671
 
1995
 
Total number of verdicts reported: 256
Total number of transportation cases: 129
Total number of other tort cases: 127
 
Plaintiff rate of recovery for transportation cases: 72%
Plaintiff rate of recovery for other tort cases: 72%
 
Average verdict for transportation cases: $27,616
 
Average verdicts for other tort cases:  
   Assault/Abuse $863,941
   Civil Rights $4,523,509
   Contracts $122,217
   Employment $317,890
   Excessive Force/False Arrest no plaintiff verdicts reported
   Medical Malpractice $1,008,454
   Negligence $102,072
   Premises Liability $180,378
   Product Liability $100,285
(only 1 pltf verdict reported)
   Work Site Accidents $190,172

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