Mental/emotional injuries: An examination of trial court claims, verdicts, and effects of the artificial legal standards.

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Title:
Mental/emotional injuries: An examination of trial court claims, verdicts, and effects of the artificial legal standards.
Author:
Perrin, Gary I.
Issue Date:
1989
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
The courts historically have viewed mental and emotional injuries with suspicion. In attempting to ensure that claims of mental/emotional injuries brought to trial are genuine, most courts require that plaintiffs meet special standards unique to this area of the law. Some standards are artificial, however, in that they refer to factors not directly related to the injury claimed. Further, like tort law in general, the development of these legal standards has occurred in the absence of empirical data. In this initial study 111 Arizona trials litigating claims of mental/emotional injuries were examined. General characteristics describing the litigants, the claimed injuries, the use of expert witnesses, and resulting verdicts are reported. Data was not found to indicate that the artificial standards are warranted. The effects that the artificial standards had upon claims pursued at the trial court level are presented. Factors that influenced trial outcomes are discussed.
Type:
text; Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Personal injuries -- Arizona.
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Special Education and Rehabilitation; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Johnson, Bob; Organist, James

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleMental/emotional injuries: An examination of trial court claims, verdicts, and effects of the artificial legal standards.en_US
dc.creatorPerrin, Gary I.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPerrin, Gary I.en_US
dc.date.issued1989en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe courts historically have viewed mental and emotional injuries with suspicion. In attempting to ensure that claims of mental/emotional injuries brought to trial are genuine, most courts require that plaintiffs meet special standards unique to this area of the law. Some standards are artificial, however, in that they refer to factors not directly related to the injury claimed. Further, like tort law in general, the development of these legal standards has occurred in the absence of empirical data. In this initial study 111 Arizona trials litigating claims of mental/emotional injuries were examined. General characteristics describing the litigants, the claimed injuries, the use of expert witnesses, and resulting verdicts are reported. Data was not found to indicate that the artificial standards are warranted. The effects that the artificial standards had upon claims pursued at the trial court level are presented. Factors that influenced trial outcomes are discussed.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeDissertation-Reproduction (electronic)en_US
dc.subjectPersonal injuries -- Arizona.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineSpecial Education and Rehabilitationen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorJohnson, Boben_US
dc.contributor.advisorOrganist, Jamesen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSales, Amosen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSales, Bruceen_US
dc.identifier.proquest8915978en_US
dc.identifier.oclc702370457en_US
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