Written by attorney Mark David Brynteson


The Rand Institute for Civil Justice, one of the most respected legal research groups in America, found that only 10% percent of injured people seek compensation, and just 2% file lawsuits. The Rand Institute also discovered that since 1991, tort cases make up a mere 6% of all lawsuits filed. Other reports have shown that:

  • While populations have grown nationwide, personal injury lawsuits have decreased by 21%.
  • Personal injury lawsuits represent only 1.3% of all civil dispositions.
  • From 1992 to 2005, jury trials in personal injury cases have seen a 52% decrease.
  • A survey of judges in Texas, where tort reform support runs high, found that 86% of them felt there was no need for legislation to limit lawsuits.

The frivolous lawsuit myth is an invention of insurance companies and big business. Through a relentless and well-funded public relations campaign, insurers and big business have intentionally miss-stated the facts and outcomes of several legitimate civil cases in order to grow the frivolous lawsuit myth. The “frivolous lawsuit" crisis is just another boogie man trotted out by big corporate interests to scare us into giving up our rights. [i]

[i]"History." TortReformTruth. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2013

Additional resources provided by the author

Free Q&A with lawyers in your area

Avvo personal injury email series

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Post a free question on our public forum.

Ask a Question

- or -

Search for lawyers by reviews and ratings.

Find a Lawyer