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Instructing Jurors on General Damages in Personal Injury Cases


Roselle Wissler


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

Michael J. Saks


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

Patricia F. Kuehn


affiliation not provided to SSRN

2000

Psychology, Public Policy & Law, Vol. 6, p. 712, 2000

Abstract:     
The authors consider instructions that courts do or could give to jurors to guide them in making awards for general damages in civil litigation. The authors review the nature and content of current instructions about the factors that should (or should not) affect juror's awards, as well as the limited body of empirical research on the impact of these instructions. The most noteworthy feature of current instructions regarding damages is the lack of guidance they provide. The consequence appears to be awards that have considerable variability and that are influenced by improper considerations. The authors also discuss research on the effectiveness of alternative forms of jury instructions and trial procedures in preventing or reducing these problems. From Psychology, Public Policy & Law, 2000, Vol. 6, No. 3, 712-742. DOI: 10.1037//1076-8971.6.3.712 Copyright © 2000 by the American Psychological Association. Reproduced with permission.

Keywords: jury instructions, personal injury, damages

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Date posted: December 14, 2010 ; Last revised: February 28, 2011

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Wissler, Roselle and Saks, Michael J. and Kuehn, Patricia F., Instructing Jurors on General Damages in Personal Injury Cases (2000). Psychology, Public Policy & Law, Vol. 6, p. 712, 2000. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1725436

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
Michael J. Saks
Arizona State University (ASU) - Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )
Box 877906
Tempe, AZ 85287-7906
United States
Patricia F. Kuehn
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
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