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Knee Injury Settlements and Verdicts | Statistics

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According to a recent Jury Verdict Research study on knee injuries:

  • the average verdict in a serious knee injury case is $359,149
  • the median knee injury verdict is $114,299
  • 8% of knee injury verdicts were over $1,000,000.

How do you define serious? JVR defines it as knee dislocation, fractures, replacements, and aggravation of a preexisting knee injury. I certainly understand the first three categories; aggravation of a preexisting knee injury more subjective and a little harder to define.

Half of these cases are car accident lawsuits and the other half include every personal injury case under the sun.    In Maryland, I’ll bet it is probably approaching 75% of the cases because we have fewer premises liability cases because of contributory negligence. It is the most common injury in premises liability cases, most from slip and falls.   So it is hard to extract much meaning from this average serious knee injury verdict. But there are a lot of numbers in the report that break it down a little further.

JVR does not provide the average accident knee injury verdict in motor vehicle collision cases. I wish they did because the average verdict always gets you more pumped up. But the median is probably more illustrative anyway. The median knee injury verdict in a car accident case is $94,406. More interesting is the middle 50% – the 25th to the 75th percentile – ranges from $26,255-$216,726.  Obviously, that is a big range and I would suggest that bottom quartile

Knee injury verdict statistics

Here are some more knee injury verdict statistics of interest, at least to me:knee3

  • Intersection collision accidents have a median of $70,748. The middle 50% range is $28,250-$237,500
  • Pedestrian accidents have a median of $150,000. The middle 50% range is $80,071-$240,000
  • Turning collision car accidents have a median of $90,203. The middle 50% range is $34,750-$192,038
  • Motorcycle accident knee injuries involve, as you would expect, more serious injuries. The median verdict is $191,884. The middle 50% range is $83,300-$287,500. Keep in mind, this is a survey of plaintiffs’ verdicts. The hard part in motorcycle accident cases is getting the verdict in the first place. It is amazing how many motorcycle accident lawsuits involve contested liability. Motorcycle cases get fought like World War III on liability in cases where the defendant’s lawyer would stipulate to liability under the same facts if the plaintiff was driving a car. It never ceases to amaze me. But I’ll admit there is a method to the madness: juries don’t like motorcyclists. Is this unfair? Of course it is. Can good counsel overcome it? Often, yes.
  • Rear end accident knee injuries have a median verdict of woeful $9,095. The middle 50% range is $1,624-$41,098. This makes sense. It does because there are just not a lot of knee injuries in rear end accidents.  So many of the claims that are brought are those with preexisting injuries, which are the toughest cases to bring.  There are not a lot of serious “knee injuries only” in rear-end car accidents. If you hurt your knee badly in the accident, chances are you have a more serious injury than just your knee.

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  • johnh

    What about slip/fall???I had to have a whole new knee,because someone didn”t empty the trash and coffee seeped out onto the walkway in the mall.

  • Ron Miller

    There are no numbers available that thin slice injuries by county like that, unfortunately. I wish there were!

  • anthony

    what is the average settlement amount for knee surgery with torn meniscus and scare tissue removal

  • Veronica Hayward

    I recently slipped on water in a local grocery store. I am waiting for info from the orthopedics to discuss the damage to my right knee. I will also need my veins fixed. I am always having lower back pain that does not go away. I am so confused my whole life has changed.

  • Nikeita

    This is going to sound silly — but, what if a tree falls on you ????

    I was a guest at a friend’s apartment complex. (poolside)

    When out off to my right a 30 foot tree falls on me. I was taken to the hosp. by ambulance. I don’t have ins. & no way to pay the bills or get the prescription filled.My knee & ankle are swollen now(3 days later), and the ONLY way I can get any relief is to soak in water. No word from the apts. ins. co. yet, ither. I know these things take time.

  • Tashawn Williams

    I have a knee injury fracture knee and torn cartilage and neck pain and back pain. How much my case is worth.

  • Philip M

    (Gym injury) I fell off a stationary bike before a spinning class started due to a defective pedal. I ruptured the quadriceps tendon of my right leg when I fell. I went to ER and after X-ray and MRI I was informed that surgery was needed. The surgery was a a straight line from the bottom of the knee up to two inches above the knee. I have suffered atrophy of the quadriceps muscles because of the nature of the surgery. The usage of crutches for 6 weeks caused inflammation of the tendon of my shoulders which I am doing PT prescribed by my orthopedist. I am also doing PT to regain control of my right leg. The injury was suffered on sep 26, 2012 and I am receiving PT treatment for two more months. The total medical bill is over thirty thousand dollars. I am concerned about the future consequences of this injury, what would be a reasonable settlement amount for my case?

  • Ron Miller

    Tashawn, I wish I had an answer. This verdict data is interesting but every case is so different. The way to value your case is to review your medical records. That really is the only way to get to even a range of settlement value to the case.

  • ramon aponte

    i recently got into an accident at work , i was driving an electric jack pallet and it slipped on somethin wet on the floor inturn i ended up being diagnosed with torn meniscus and thats just on the first mri .. is this considered apersonal claim?

  • Ron Miller

    It depends on the jurisdiction. In Maryland, most likely you would have a workers compensation claims and a personal injury case if a third party other than your employer were liable.

  • Edward L

    I was hit head on by a drunk driver and suffered a broken patella. Where should I start negotiation? Workers comp is taking care of the medical bills. The insurance company has already approached me about working on a settlement.

  • Steven M. Sweat

    You’ve got a broken link on this one Ron. “knee injury case” anchor link is showing a 404 error to your site.

    Great information on the anatomy of the knee and types of injuries! I like the diagram as well.

  • Ron Miller