The Circuit Court Clerk’s Office has released the data concerning tort jury trials in Nashville and Davidson County for February, 2012. "Tort" cases are civil lawsuits involving injuries, death or other losses from automobile accidents, truck crashes, fall-downs, medical malpractice, dog-bites, and any other type of event that causes injury or death
Only four tort cases were tried to juries in the entire month, and three of them were medical malpractice (now called "health care liability") cases. One of those cases was settled after jury selection and opening statements – the amount of the settlement was not disclosed. One health care liability case resulted in a mistrial and the other resulted in a verdict for the health care providers.
The only other trial was a personal injury case. The Court directed a verdict for the defense in that case, and thus a jury was not permitted to decide it.
In the year ending June 30, 2011, there were only 31 jury trials in Davidson County in tort cases.