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. For injuries to one or both legs, as well as leg injuries resulting in varying degrees of leg amputations, the statistics are as follows:
|One or Both Legs||$4,000,000||$2,400,000|
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:
|Above the knee||$3,958,003||$2,588,649|
|Below the knee||$4,930,186||$3,727,500|
As you can see, the median for bilateral amputations 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.