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The Psychology of Tort Law$
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Jennifer K. Robbennolt and Valerie P. Hans

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724941

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724941.001.0001

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Damages

Damages

Chapter:
(p.109) 6 Damages
Source:
The Psychology of Tort Law
Author(s):

Jennifer K. Robbennolt

Valerie P. Hans

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724941.003.0007

This chapter presents a summary of psychological issues underlying claims for and awards of money damages. It takes a psychological perspective on plaintiffs who are seeking damages, assessing the symbolic significance of money damages and the ability of money damages to redress the imbalance between the liable defendant and the injured plaintiff. It also analyzes the psychology of fact finding, drawing on psychological research to show how judges and juries determine appropriate compensatory and punitive damage amounts.

Keywords:   damage amounts, injured plaintiff, fact finding, punitive damages

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