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Injuries, Prior Beliefs, and Damage Awards


Roselle Wissler


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Allen J. Hart


Amherst College

David C. Evans


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael J. Saks


Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Jason W. Feehan


affiliation not provided to SSRN

1997

Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Vol.15, No. 63, 1997

Abstract:     
Two empirical studies investigated how people’s prior beliefs about injury-causing incidents affect damages awarded in personal injury cases. In Study 1, participants were asked to describe what they thought were the typical features of four types of injury-producing incidents. Participants' descriptions indicated that people have prior beliefs about car accidents, falls, defective products, and medical malpractice. In Study 2, additional participants were asked to award damages for pain and suffering in personal injury cases in which the plaintiff had sustained an injury that was either common to or unusual for the type of incident, as determined from the descriptions obtained in Study 1. Larger and more variable damage awards were made for accidents that resulted in schema-inconsistent injuries.

Keywords: personal injury, juror decision making, damages

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Date posted: December 14, 2010  

Suggested Citation

Wissler, Roselle and Hart, Allen J. and Evans, David C. and Saks, Michael J. and Feehan, Jason W., Injuries, Prior Beliefs, and Damage Awards (1997). Behavioral Sciences & the Law, Vol.15, No. 63, 1997. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1724764

Contact Information

Roselle Wissler (Contact Author)
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Allen J. Hart
Amherst College ( email )
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
David C. Evans
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Michael J. Saks
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Jason W. Feehan
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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