All personal injury lawyers in Spokane have opinions as to which demographics award more money in personal injury actions. However, a recent study may have shaken some long-held beliefs.
A study done by Trial Survey Group found that individuals under the age of 35 typically award damages 29 percent below the national average. Individuals between the ages of 35 and 54 typically award damages 22 percent higher than national average. Finally, individuals 55 or older generally award damages 7 percent higher than the national average.
This result surprised me because my view was that young people were more likely to give a higher damage award in a personal injury action. A reasonable explanation could be that more “established” age brackets understand the effect of pain on everyday living. Young people under the age of 35 have the ability to “shake it off.” Thus, young people just are not as sympathetic to personal injuries as other age groups.