One of the best ways to understand the settlement value of foot and ankle injuries is to see example cases. This is not going to tell you the exact amount your case should settle for but it should help you better understand the range of values in your case.
Below are sample ankle and foot injury settlements and verdicts nationally. You can find statistics that show average foot and ankle injury verdicts and case results in Maryland here.Example Foot and Ankle Injury Settlements and Verdicts
- 2017, California: $600,000 Settlement. A 65-year-old man is traveling on his motorcycle when he is struck by the defendant, who is trying to change lanes. Plaintiff is transported to the hospital and diagnosed with two separate fractures of the right foot. The first is a distal intra-articular fracture of the first toe and the second is an avulsion fracture of the medial cuneiform. Plaintiff undergoes open reduction and internal fixation of the cuneiform fracture to insert screws into the foot. The screws are removed during a later surgery. The parties agree to a $600,000 settlement.
- 2015, California: $871,919 Settlement. A woman is hit when a 19 years-old man makes a left turn in front of her vehicle. She was trapped in the vehicle for 30 minutes with her mother who was killed in the crash before being extricated by the Jaws of Life device. She fractured her ankle requiring and open reduction surgery with implanted hardware.
- 2015, New Jersey: $400,000 Settlement. A middle aged man suffers a pilon fracture after a head-on collision. A pilon fracture (or Plafond fracture) is a fracture of the distal part of the tibia. This means that unlike a typical ankle fracture which is made up of the two bones down by the ankle bone, this is a high energy fracture. These fractures are caused by rotational or axial forces, making it a common ankle injury in car and truck accidents. He undergoes both an open reduction with internal fixation and the placement of an external fixation device. The case settled before trial for $400,000.
- 2014, New Jersey: $900,000 Settlement. A 55-year-old man is traveling on a highway when the Defendant pulls into his lane. He is pushed into traffic and hits a third vehicle head-on. Plaintiff suffers compound comminuted fractures to the left radius and ulna, and a fractured calcaneus, among other injuries.
- 2013, California: $50,000 Settlement. A motorcyclist crashes after a driver unexpectedly merges into his lane, sustaining a left ankle sprain as well as scrapes and bruises. He is further diagnosed with lymphedema and claims he suffered a possible fracture to his right toe. He receives physical therapy for his ankle for several months. The suit is filed against the driver and his mother, the owner of the vehicle. Plaintiff and Defendant are both insured with State Farm. The case is settled at mediation for $50,000.
- 2012, Pennsylvania: $9,100,000 Verdict. A young woman is driving her car when defendant suddenly loses control of his dump truck. The dump truck rear-ends a non-party vehicle that knocks plaintiff’s vehicle into a utility pole. The crash shatters plaintiff’s ankle, permanently altering her mobility. The driver additionally suffers many severe spine and face injuries, requiring reconstructive surgery. Defendant’s actions had been in violation of many safety procedures, including operating the truck on a steep roadway, carrying an overweight load, driving with a known faulty brake system, and failing to perform a pre-trip inspection. The defendants deny liability, but a Luzerne County jury assigns full blame and awards $9,100,000. The ankle was a big issue but obviously was not the only battle in this case. This case underscores the difficulty in comparing these cases: if your foot or ankle was badly injured, you likely suffered other severe injuries as well.
- 2012, Indiana: $650,000 Verdict. Plaintiff operates a heavy piece of machinery called a “tipper” at a landfill. One of the defendant’s employees knocks into Plaintiff’s tipper with a tractor trailer. The force of the impact makes the entire machine shake, throwing Plaintiff around in the cab and causing injuries to his ribs, knee, and ankle. Defendant denies liability and contests the extent of the victim’s injuries. Plaintiff states that the defendant was negligent by failing to use reasonable care at the landfill. The Newton County court awards $650,000.
- 2012, Georgia: $75,000 Settlement. Plaintiff sustains foot and ankle injuries as a result of the Defendant who admittedly ran a red light. The Defendant, insured with USAA, does not dispute the Plaintiff’s soft tissue injuries but denies the Plaintiff’s claim for accident related DVT issues. Plaintiff claims that she developed bilateral deep vein thrombosis (DVT) as a complication of the immobilization of her foot to treat the fracture sustained in the automobile accident. A Pretrial settlement of $75,000 is reached.
- 2012, Louisiana: $126,161 Verdict. A crew member aboard a navigation vessel is on the Mississippi river. The plaintiff was handling a wire rope as part of his usual duties when his foot is crushed by the rope due to the captain’s negligence. The seaman sues for personal injury, medical expenses, loss of earnings, physical pain and suffering, and scarring. Plaintiff argues both that the captain and the crew are incompetent and under-trained; as well as the ship being unseaworthy. The defendants settle all the claims against them except for the measure of future medical expenses. At the conclusion of the trial, the Maritime Judge awards $126,161.
- 2012, California: $1,300,000 Verdict. Plaintiff, a 48-year-old firefighter, is washing one of the fire engines when a fellow firefighter runs over his foot while attempting to parallel park next to the fire engine. Plaintiff suffers a crush injury to his left foot and ankle, resulting in possible nerve damage. He is unable to return to work as a firefighter and forced to retire early. Plaintiff claims that he experiences residual pain and stiffness in his left ankle and foot, preventing him from running and climbing. Plaintiff claims $279,000 in damages, and $1.5 to $2 million in future lost earnings. His medical bills are covered by workers’ compensation. The parties reach a $1.3 million settlement, the amount of the Defendant’s insurance policy with GEICO.
- 2011, New York: 225,000 Settlement. A 20-year-old student is injured when the vehicle in which she is a passenger is side-swiped by another vehicle during a snow storm. She sustained ankle and foot injuries and files suit against the driver of the vehicle that caused the accident. She sustained a left Lisfranc’s fracture, which are the bones that form the instep, as well as a derangement and sprain of the same ankle. Experts determined that the injuries damaged nerves leading to complex regional pain syndrome, or RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), a permanent condition. After undergoing physical therapy and pain management, Plaintiff contends constant pain and requires constant use of a cane. The parties negotiate a pre-trial settlement of $225,000. State Farm insured the at-fault vehicle.
- 2010, Georgia: $50,000 Verdict with a net of $37,500. Plaintiff is dropped off in front of a mall where he is employed. He exits the vehicle, then reaches back into the car to gather his belongings. As he steps away from the vehicle, Defendant drives over his foot, fracturing his ankle. Plaintiff alleges at trial that the Defendant passed too close to his vehicle, failing to keep a proper lookout. The defendant, a State Farm insured, contends the accident is the Plaintiff’s fault for not looking before he stepped in front of her car. Defendant offers an alternative that the Plaintiff is at least comparatively negligent for failure to keep a proper looking to avoid the accident. A jury awards the Plaintiff $50,000 but reduces it by 25% for comparative negligence.
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