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1. The longer plaintiffs with “adaptable” injuries wait for trial, the more they will reduce their settlement demands;
2. Cases involving adaptable injuries will settle more than cases with non-adaptable injuries; and
3. The number of settlements in hedonic adaptation cases will increase in direct proportion to the length of litigation time before trial.
These conclusions are consistent with my observation of other normalizing processes in the human body, so I think they are probably accurate. Other examples of recovery from a major disruption include:
(a) Extra sleep after sleep deprivation, followed by resumption of the prior sleep pattern;
(b) The gradual return to former obesity after weight reduction on a “crash” diet; and
(c) The ability of children to rebound from psychological trauma.
 Bronsteen, John , Buccafusco, Christopher J. and Masur, Jonathan S., “Hedonic Adaptation and the Settlement of Civil Lawsuits,” . Columbia Law Review, Forthcoming Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1098271