Civil Lawsuit Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Research Date: 4.28.2013
Civil Lawsuit StatisticsData
Annual cost to the US economy for civil lawsuits$233 billion
Estimate annual cost to each US citizen for civil lawsuits$809
Percent of people who believe advertising by personal-injury lawyers encourages people to sue, even if they have not been injured79 %
Average compensation payout for injury lawsuits$60,000
Percent of punitive damages suits won by plaintiff6 %
Average awarded in a punitive damage lawsuit$50,000
Tort Lawsuit Statistics 
Tort law deals with situations where a person’s behavior has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm.
Average annual number of Federal court tort cases512,000
Percent of tort cases that went to trial2 %
Percent of cases won by the plaintiff48 %
Percent of successful plaintiffs that received monetary damages84 %
Percent of cases won in bench trials54 %
Percent of cases won in jury trials46 %
Average length of a civil trial3.7 days
Federal Trials by Damages Claim 
Motor vehicle collision20 %
Products liability13 %
Medical malpractice10 %
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