It is Friday and we are covering verdict and trial statistics for the last of the largest four cities in Tennessee — Memphis/Shelby County, the Thirtieth Judicial District.
Last fiscal year, 1,747 new tort cases (lawsuits for personal injury or wrongful death) were filed in Shelby County courts and 1,817 were resolved. Shelby County had more trials than any other county in the State with 76 — 53 jury trials and 23 bench trials. Of those 76 trials, the injured party won 44 of the cases. In the other 32 cases, the injured party did not receive any compensation whatsoever.
In terms of verdicts, the total dollar amount awarded in all 44 trials was $10,891,198.00 for an average award of $247,527.00. The verdicts can be broken down even further: 37 of the trials resulted in verdicts of less than $100,000.00; 5 of the trials resulted in verdicts ranging between $100,000.00 to $999,999.99; and 2 of the trials resulted in verdicts that exceeded One Million Dollars. Obviously, a relatively small number of large verdicts had a significant impact on the average verdict figure.