How much should you expect for your hand or finger injury traffic accident claim? Clearly, it depends on the type of injury.Statistics on Hand Injury Claims
The average jury verdict in finger and hand injuries is approximately $630,000. This is national data over the last 10 years. The median [what is a median?] is approximately $70,000. What does this tell us? It means that there are a lot of very large hand injury cases that are life altering that have extremely high values and a lot of smaller cases that are severe yet not catastrophic.Sample Verdicts and Settlements in Hand and Finger Injury Cases
The problem with looking at settlement and verdict statistics is that you have no idea where you fit into the statistics. You can't possibly know where your injury fits in the big picture.
Below is a list of verdicts and settlements in hand injury cases to give you a better idea of the values of these cases. Some of these verdicts are Miller & Zois verdicts. Others were handled by other lawyers in Maryland and around the country.
The hope is that this gives you a little better idea of the value of your case because you can compare your claim to others and make a reasonable comparison.
That said, you should go down this path with great caution. First, we are cherry picking good verdicts so the verdict might not be reflective of the average value of your case. Second, there are so many variables that go into the value of a case, it is hard to put those pieces together in a short little summary. It could very well be that the biggest factor in the verdict or settlement is a fact that is not listed in this summary.
With those caveats, here are some example verdicts:Maryland Verdicts
- 2013, $19,898 and $34,031 Verdicts. Plaintiffs are riding in a car when defendant crosses two lanes and runs into them, head on. The driver suffers a right-hand laceration as well as soft tissue lumbar and knee injuries. The passenger receives a fractured sternum. A Baltimore County jury awards the plaintiffs $19,898 and $34,031.
- 2102, $390,000 Settlement. After an afternoon motorcycle ride with friends, Plaintiff is driving home traveling in the far left lane on the inner loop of the Baltimore 695 Beltway. Defendant, driving a company truck with safety lights on the top of the cab, inexplicably does a U-turn through an emergency cut-through and pulls directly into the path of Plaintiff's motorcycle. Plaintiff suffered multiple rib fractures, abrasions, and contusions, as well as a right anterior tibial wound. But his worst injury might have been a comminuted fracture of the left elbow and comminuted left thumb metacarpal fracture requiring hardware and pins. Our law firm, Miller & Zois, handled this case.
- 2012, $80,000 Settlement. A beautiful and very sweet college girl is driving down East-West Highway in Prince George's County. She is hit head on by a car, insured by Allstate, traveling in the opposite direction. She breaks her wrist, requiring a cast on her right arm. Our law firm, Miller & Zois, handled this case.
- 2012, $1,045,898 Verdict. Plaintiffs are longtime friends who are hanging out at a bar. The two men get into a fight, which moves into the parking lot. During the scuffle, defendant bites off the tip of plaintiff’s index finger. Can you imagine? Plaintiff undergoes many surgeries to protect the protruding bone. Plaintiff sues the man who bit him as well as the restaurant owners, alleging that they were negligent in not providing proper security. The restaurant argues that they provided proper security and that incident was the result of third-party factors that they could not control. This is a pretty good argument, really. It is hard to control grown men who choose to fight. Anyway, the "biter" never shows up for court and a Montgomery County jury awards $1,045,898 in damages against this absent defendant. But the restaurant receives a defense verdict. We put this in because it is an interesting case. But this is one of those verdicts that sounds good but the actual recovery for the plaintiff is zero. It underscores the fact that you need an insurance company or someone with assets behind any verdict you might get.
- 2011, $22,500 Verdict. Plaintiff’s vehicle is rear-ended at a red light. She is taken to the emergency room, where it is later discovered she suffered severe strains in her right hand. She develops severe hand pain and wears a hand cast for three weeks. Plaintiff also pursues UM/UIM benefits from her carrier, State Farm. Plaintiff claims that defendant - insured by Agency - failed to keep, and look out and was following too closely. Defendant shows pictures of the minimal car damage and alleges that the injuries were from a pre-existing condition. Nevertheless, an Upper Marlboro jury awards a $22,500 verdict.
- 2011, $1,598,500 Verdict. Plaintiffs are shopping at Nordstrom when they, incredibly, came under attack by a disturbed homeless woman. The woman had taped four butcher knives together and spontaneously began attacking the sales representatives and customers. Just a crazy thing. The woman attacks the Plaintiffs who receive numerous stab wounds leaving scars, PTSD, and limited use of their hands and arms. The woman’s rampage ends when an off-duty FBI agent pulls out his revolver and orders her to stop. Where is the negligence? Plaintiffs sue Nordstrom arguing that the store was negligent for failing to adequately warn and evacuate the store when they became aware of the dangerous situation. Additionally, they note that though provided with a training manual for such incidents, the staff was never trained to handle it. Defendant claims the attack was a random act of violence that they had no control over and that they had provided all reasonable measures to ensure the safety of its patrons. A Montgomery County jury awards $1,598,500 to the two plaintiffs.
- 2010, $50,813 Verdict. A teenager is leaving his home and traveling down a slight hill on Summit Avenue in Rosedale when he encounters one of defendant’s storage containers. Because oncoming traffic prevents any chance of avoidance, the plaintiff collides with the container, fracturing his hand. Plaintiff alleges that defendant was displaying a reckless disregard for public safety by failing to mark adequatly the containers in the middle of the road, even after several resident complaints. Defendants claim that the container on the roadway was an open and obvious condition. A Towson jury awards $50,813 to the plaintiff.
- 2005, $377,000 Verdict. Plaintiff, a nurse, broke her wrist in a fall in snow and ice during a blizzard. She incurred over $6,000 in medical bills. State Farm offered $18,750 to settle the case. An Anne Arundel County jury awarded nearly 20 times State Farm's offer. Our law firm Miller & Zois, handled this case.
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Losing use of hand or having great pain in it is a really tough thing. Our firm knows that because we have handled many of these cases.
We fight - hard - to get our clients who have suffered serious hand injuries the money they deserve, either by settlement or at trial. Our lawyers handle serious injury claims. Call us to discuss your case at 800-553-8082 or get a free consultation online.More Information on Settlement Value of Back Injury Cases