Severe Leg Injury: Verdicts Statistics
Jury Verdict Research published data on verdicts in severe leg injury cases over the 10 years prior to October 2010. By severe, I mean severe: crush injuries and amputations. The average verdict in these cases is approximately $4,000,000 and the median verdict is $2,400,000 for injuries to one or both legs, as well as leg injuries resulting in varying degrees of leg amputations. The leg amputation categories include both traumatic and surgical amputations.
I was surprised by the relatively insignificant difference between above the knee and below the knee amputations: $3,958,003 average/$2,588,649 median above the knee versus $4,930,186 average/$3,727,500 median below the knee. The average value for bilateral amputations jumps to $13,392,589 average. But the median is $5,012,500 which is a statistically insignificant difference from a single above the knee amputation.
This is interesting data and useful to use in negotiating your case. But asking the numbers to make sense is asking too much.