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The Settlement Value of Arm Injury Claims

X-Ray armOne of the injuries a victim can suffer in a car accident or slip and fall is an injured or broken arm. Arm injuries, particularly fractured and broken arms, are more common in slip and fall and other personal injury cases than car accidents.

But arm breaks and fractures do commonly occur in high impact car and truck accidents and are typical in motorcycle accident claims. These injuries in a car crash recently received attention when a major league pitcher broke his arm in a car crash. Still, a broken arm or other arm injury in a car accident most commonly occurs when the victim is a pedestrian.

The average settlement value of the broken arm, forearm, wrist, elbow and hand cases is going to depend on the degree on whether the injury is permanent. A clean break that heals in six weeks will have a very different value than an injury that continues to the day of settlement or trial.

Elbow Injuries

Our lawyers also see a lot of elbow injuries in car and truck accidents. The elbow bone is vulnerable. It is not protected by muscle or fat and if it takes a hard hit, it can fracture or break. When a broken elbow collides with the triceps muscle, surgery is usually required.

A common elbow injury in car accidents involves the radial head. It's the ball of the forearm where it connects to the elbow. A serious car accident can cause breaks in the neck and head of the radius. The radius can also get jammed, causing tendon damage.

Maryland Arm Injury Settlement/Verdicts
  • 2018, Maryland (Carroll County) $575,000 Verdict. The plaintiffs, a mother and daughter, were passengers in a vehicle on Route 26 in Sykesville when they were hit by a dump truck. As a result of the accident, the daughter suffered multiple bone fractures in her right arm and the mother claimed head trauma and a fractured hand. They sued the dump truck driver. The defense disputed the nature and extent of the alleged damages and took the case to trial. A jury in Carroll County, a notable tough county on plaintiffs, sided with the plaintiffs and awarded $525,000. The daughter received $200,000 in pain and suffering for her broken arm.
  • 2013, Maryland (Anne Arundel County): $56,392 Verdict. Two Plaintiffs are involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffer neck, back, and arm injuries. The defendant driver had veered across the center line and struck the plaintiffs' vehicle. One plaintiff is transported by ambulance to the hospital, and the other plaintiff seeks medical treatment a week later. The defendant alleges the plaintiffs had pre-existing injuries before the accident. The plaintiffs file a motor vehicle negligence suit, and the jury awarded the plaintiffs $26,084 and $30,308 respectively.
  • 2011, Maryland (Baltimore County): $100,000 Verdict. Plaintiff loses control of his vehicle and crashes into a jersey barrier. After the crash, the vehicle was partially in the left lane of travel. The defendant driver struck the plaintiff's vehicle resulting in the plaintiff suffering a fractured hand and near amputation of his dominant arm due to a severe laceration. Plaintiff requires a surgical repair due to the arm laceration and has significant scarring. Plaintiff alleges the defendant failed to properly observe traffic and could have avoided the accident. A jury awards the plaintiff $100,000.
  • 2011, Maryland (Harford County): $47,600 Verdict. Plaintiff is rear-ended by the defendant on the Bellaire bypass. The plaintiff suffers a serious arm injury with ulnar nerve damage that requires a future nerve transposition surgery. Defendant driver admits liability for causing the accident; however, alleges the plaintiff's injuries were not caused by the vehicle accident. A jury awards the plaintiff $47,600.
  • 2010, Maryland (Baltimore County): $50,813 Verdict. Plaintiff, while driving at night, strikes a construction container that was placed on a residential street without warning signs or lights. The plaintiff suffers a fractured hand and a concussion from the collision. Defendant Construction Company claims the plaintiff was aware of the container on the street and should have stopped before colliding with the container when seeing traffic coming from the other direction. A jury awards the plaintiff $50,813.
  • 2010, Maryland (Baltimore City): $68,734 Verdict. Plaintiff is traveling through an intersection when defendant runs a red light and crashes into the plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff suffers a serious elbow injury and settles with defendant's insurance company for an undisclosed amount. Plaintiff alleges his damages from the motor vehicle accident exceeds the policy limits and brings an underinsured motorist claim against USAA. In a bench trial, the Judge awards the plaintiff $68,734.
National Arm Injury Settlement/Verdicts
  • 2019, Washington $200,000 Settlement: Plaintiff, a 42-year-old female accountant, was walking in a crosswalk in downtown Seattle when she was struck by the defendant’s vehicle. The plaintiff suffered a fractured right arm and shoulder requiring surgical repair with orthopedic hardware. Liability was not disputed and the defendant agreed to settle the claim for policy limits of $200k. This case was likely worth a great deal more. But sometimes the search for additional insurance comes up empty as it apparently did here.
  • 2018, Florida $600,000 Settlement. The plaintiff alleged that a van, driven by the defendant driver, and owned by the defendant landscaping company, made a negligent right turn and struck her in a Broward County crosswalk. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff suffered a fractured right arm and under surgical repair involving the implantation of orthopedic hardware. She also alleged disc herniations requiring surgery. The defendant agreed to settle the case prior to trial for $600,000.
  • 2017, Nevada $50,000 Settlement. Plaintiff, a 12-year-old boy, reportedly suffered fractures to his femur and arm when he was struck while walking home from school by a vehicle operated by the defendant. The plaintiff contended, through his father, that the defendant operated her vehicle negligently. The parties agreed to settle for the benefit of the minor plaintiff.
  • 2016, Texas: $41,000 Settlement. A passenger in a car suffered a broken arm as the result of the negligence of the driver of the vehicle. Parties agreed to settle the claim for $41k.
  • 2016, Connecticut: $74,077 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving her vehicle when she is sideswiped by the defendant driver. The defendant was backing out from a driveway. Plaintiff suffers multiple injuries, including an injury to her wrist. Plaintiff responds to the emergency room and is diagnosed with soft tissue injuries and received chiropractic treatments. Defendant claims that the plaintiff was comparatively negligent and alleges the plaintiff's injuries were pre-existing. A jury awarded the plaintiff $74,077.
  • 2016, Alabama: $40,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is involved in a motor vehicle accident while traveling on-the-job. Plaintiff suffers multiple injuries including right shoulder, arm, and hand injuries. Plaintiff files a claim for worker's compensation; however, the defendant employment company alleges the injuries pre-existed the collision. The parties proceed to mediation and the claim is settled for $40,000.
  • 2015, Florida: $100,000 Verdict. Plaintiff is stopped at a traffic light and is rear-ended by the defendant driver. Plaintiff suffers from injuries, including right shoulder and elbow bone bruising, partial rotator cuff and tendon tears, right elbow ulnar nerve thickening, and abnormal nerve signal strength. Defendant alleges the injuries were pre-existing conditions from overuse and repetitive movements and were not caused by the vehicle accident. A jury awards the plaintiff $100,000.
  • 2015, Connecticut: $1,400,000 Verdict. Plaintiff is traveling when she is struck head-on by defendant driver. Plaintiff is transported by an ambulance to an emergency room and diagnosed with multiple injuries, including a mid-shaft fracture of the left ulna of her dominant arm. Plaintiff has multiple appointments with her primary care physician, orthopedic surgeon, and physical therapy sessions. Defendant alleges the broken arm is from a prior fall and not related to the vehicle accident. A jury awards the plaintiff $1,400,000 in past medical costs and for past and future pain and suffering.
  • 2015, New Jersey: $170,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is traveling northbound on a highway when he is struck behind by an oil delivery truck. The collision propels the plaintiff's vehicle forward and is then struck again by the same oil delivery truck. Plaintiff is transported by an ambulance to an emergency room and X-rays reveal fractures to both wrists. Plaintiff later develops bilateral carpel tunnel syndrome in his wrists. The defense acknowledges the broken wrists were due to the accident; however, they disputed the causal relationship of his other injuries. The case settles in mediation, and the plaintiff receives $170,000.
How Much In an Arm Injury Worth in a Lawsuit?

The average settlement value for an arm injury in a personal injury lawsuit can range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on exactly what type of arm injury is involved. Minor arm injuries, such as a sprained wrist or elbow, will be at the lower end of the value range. Serious injuries to the arm, such as upper arm fractures, will be at the higher end of the settlement value range.

What Type of Arm Injury Has the Highest Settlement Value?

The arm injury with the highest potential settlement value is a complex fracture of the upper arm bone (humerus). Upper arm fractures are more serious compared to lower arm fractures and often require more extensive surgical repair, especially for complex fractures.

How Much Is a Broken Arm Worth in a Lawsuit?

The average settlement value for a broken arm in a personal injury lawsuit is around $50,000 to $80,000. Upper arm fractures are worth more than lower arm fractures. The most serious broken arm cases (those involving multiple fractures or bone splinters) can have a settlement value of $300,000 or more.

What Impacts the Value of a Broken Arm Case?

There are two primary factors that drive the settlement value of broken arms in personal injury cases: (1) the type and location of the fracture, and (2) how the broken arm impacts the victim's life.

Getting Help for Your Arm Injury Claim

If you have suffered an arm or shoulder injury in an automobile or truck accident and want to consider a lawsuit or a claim for an out-of-court settlement, call one of our lawyers at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free no obligation Internet consultation.

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