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Value of Vertebrae Fracture Personal Injury Cases

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What are Vertebrae Fracture Cases Worth?

A Jury Verdict Research report this month found that over the last ten years, the national median award at trial in personal injury cases for a vertebra fracture is $112,537. Almost two-thirds of the cases in the study were motor vehicle accidents, which is the leading cause of spinal injuries in this country. Not surprisingly, the median award for multiple vertebrae fractures is almost double the single vertebra amount, $207,000.

When I first read this report I assumed the numbers were low because they excluded cases where there was a spinal cord or head injury. But apparently, 7.5% of the verdicts were in excess of $2,500,000, which means they have to include vertebrae fractures where the spinal cord was implicated or there was an accompanying head injury. Because of the proximity of the vertebrae to the spinal column, and because of the weight bearing implications of a vertebra injury, I assumed this number would be much higher, but there must be more minor fractures to vertebrae without significant injury than I realized.

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  • http://n/a Joseph F. Yates

    What is the value of a compression fracture of the spine in an auto accident with clear fault given to other party ?

  • Ron Miller

    Joe, it is pretty much impossible to value cases without more information. Believe me, I wish it was that simple.

  • Joey D

    T-boned by driver running red light broken 3 vertabrea. Workman’s comp small buy out,less then 45,000. Received spinal shots an nerve burning. Does the buyout effect what I’ll receive from the under insured. There limit is quite high. What’s the average I should receive from. Them?