A study analyzed the civil jury system and the difference in personal injury awards between automobile and "deep-pocket" defendants, especially in medical malpractice cases. Six conclusions were reached, including the finding that juries sometimes respond emotionally and award some objectively similar cases higher damages than others.
Randall R. Bovbjerg et al.,
Juries and Justice: Are Malpractice and Other Personal Injuries Created Equal?,
54 Law and Contemporary Problems
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