If someone’s carelessness caused your knee injury, you may be entitled to compensation.
The best way for me to talk about how much an injured, broken, or shattered knee or torn meniscus may be worth in a Florida auto accident case is to give examples of past settlements.
This article focuses on knee injuries from auto accidents. This includes car, truck, motorcycle, bike and pedestrian accidents.
I wrote a separate article on knee injury claims from slip, trip and falls in Florida and on cruises.
This article applies to the personal injury portion of your claim if you are hurt while working and you also have a personal injury claim. Some of this article does not apply if you only have a Florida workers compensation claim.
The settlements, verdicts, and settlement values that I discuss below involve cases where someone’s negligence caused a knee injury to another. I focus as much as possible on the pain and suffering element of the claim.
There are over 87 Important factors that affect the value of a settlement for a knee injury. Therefore, there is a chance that you may not get any money for your case.
As a starting point, I estimate the full value for the pain and suffering component for settlement purposes of a personal injury claim from a Florida auto accident.
We use the following numbers as a starting point for the full value of various knee injuries which were caused by someone’s negligence in a Florida accident.
- a broken knee (patella) without surgery: between $50,000 and $75,000.
- torn meniscus without surgery is between $15,000 and $30,000, but could be more.
- surgery to repair a meniscus tear in your knee is between $35,000 and $80,000 or so.
- partial patellectomy for $100,000 to $200,000. You could argue that the full value of pain and suffering for open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery on a patella fracture is also $100,000 to $200,000.
First, I will discuss some broken knee settlements/verdicts and then I will talk about settlements/verdicts involving a torn meniscus.
All of my settlements are before deduction for attorney’s fees and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
My Knee Injury Settlements
All of my settlements in this article are before deduction for attorney’s fees and expenses. Most cases result in a lower recovery. It should not be assumed that your case will have as beneficial a result.
My actual case: $75,000 Settlement for woman who had arthroscopic surgery on a plica in her knee. A car made a left hand turn in front of the car that she was driving and crashed into her. The at-fault car was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
Progressive insured the at fault driver.
Therefore, our client was an insured under the UM policy.
She also had epidural injections to a bulging disc in her lower back. Our client lived in Miami, Florida.
Our client owned a car. State Farm insured it.
Lady Gets $30,000 Settlement for Meniscus Tear from Orlando Car Crash
USAA insured the at fault driver.
USAA paid $30,000 to settle the case.
My actual case: $25,000 settlement. My client claimed that a car crash caused his knee pain.
The careless driver was uninsured. My client had $25,000 in uninsured motorist (UM) coverage with USAA.
USAA paid $25,000. The accident happened in South Florida.
My Actual Case: $10,000 Settlement for meniscus tear from Miami Beach car accident.
A driver rear ended our client’s car. Our client was driving. We settled this case in July 2015.
The crash happened in January 2015 in Miami Beach, Dade County, Florida.
Our client’s doctor diagnosed him with a knee injury (meniscus tear). He had arthroscopic surgery, in his native country, to fix it.
Infinity Auto Insurance insured our client with PIP.
We had his Portuguese medical records translated by a discount translator. We try hard to keep costs down. One of the 11 benefits of hiring an injury lawyer is that we can pay for costs in advance.
My actual case: $8,000 Settlement
Our client was standing in a car dealership parking lot in Miami-Dade County, Florida.. A mini van backed up. It hit him at an idle speed.
Our client’s knees buckled and he fell to the ground. He complained of lower back pain.
A few months prior to this accident, he had knee surgery. Immediately after this accident, he complained of knee pain. He did not have any swelling in his knee.
Miami-Dade Fire rescue came to the scene. Our client walked to the ambulance stretcher. He was put on a backboard.
The paramedics put a neck collar on our client. They transported him to Homestead Hospital.
State Farm Insurance insured the driver.
The driver said that he barely hit our client. He said that if contact was made, it was at a very low-speed.
Our client received therapy for several months after the accident. The final diagnosis was:
- Lumbar sprain/strain
- Cervical sprain/strain (Resolved).
- Sprain/strain of the knee
- Contusion to the knee
- Residual Lumbalgia
- Knee injury complicated by prior injury and surgery
- Patellar Dysfunction
My Torn Meniscus Settlements
GEICO insured the car that hit him.
Because he was on a motorcycle when he was hit by a car, he did not have to prove that his injuries were permanent in order to claim money for pain and suffering.
Online Settlement Calculators for Knee Injuries in Florida Auto Accidents
If you have a serious knee injury from a Florida auto accident, I strongly suggest that you do not value your case based on an online settlement calculator. There are many reasons why settlement calculators do not work for Florida injury cases. This is true whether you are looking at my Florida injury settlement calculator or one that someone else made.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated.