The best way for me to talk about how much an injured, broken, or shattered knee or torn meniscus may be worth in Florida is to give examples of past settlements.
The settlements, verdicts, and settlement values that I discuss below involve cases where someone else was responsible for the accident, which resulted in a knee injury. I focus as much as possible on the pain and suffering element of the claim.
This article does not apply to worker’s compensation cases unless someone other than the injured person’s employer caused the accident.
There are many factors that affect the value of a settlement for a knee injury so there is a chance that you may not get any money for your case. As a starting point, the full value that I use for the pain and suffering component for settlement purposes of a personal injury claim from an accident that occurred in Florida, or on a cruise ship or boat is as follows:
- 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. The at-fault car was insured with Progressive Insurance and the uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) auto insurance was through Allstate Insurance Company.
She also had epidural injections to a bulging disc in her lower back. Because she had auto insurance on her car in Florida, she automatically had Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage which paid $10,000 to her medical providers.
My Broken Knee (Fractured Patella) Settlements
Confidential settlement for a woman with a patella (knee) fracture with surgery from a slip and fall at a regional supermarket chain in Miami, Florida. This is one of my many settlements for a client who slipped and fell in a supermarket.
Our Torn Meniscus Settlements
My actual case: $100,000 Settlement for our client who claimed erectile dysfunction (ED), a herniated disc and a possible meniscus tear in his knee. A car hit him when he was on a motorcycle. The car that hit him was insured with GEICO. 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.
My actual case: $5,000 Settlement for a foreign crew member of a cruise line – based in Florida – who claimed a meniscus tear was caused when he slipped and fell on the ship. Negligence was difficult to prove.
Other (not mine) Broken Knee (Patella) Settlements and Verdicts
Actual Case (not mine): $375,000 Settlement for pain and suffering only for knee (patella) fracture from a fall down in a restaurant in Palm Beach County, Florida. The settlement was in February 2009. The customer, a 61 year-old-female administrator, suffered a patella fracture that required hardware (ORIF).
She slipped and fell on grease. The total settlement was for $425,000, of which $30,000 was claimed for past medical bills, $20,000 were for past wage loss, and $375,000 for pain and suffering. The case is Rhine v. LSMS Inc. d/b/a Tramonti Ristorante Italiano.
Actual Case (not mine): $250,587 Verdict for a female shopper who suffered a patella (knee) fracture when she slipped and fell at a Publix Supermarket in Palm Beach County, Florida. She was in the checkout line and argued that Publix allowed water that spilled from a flower display near the checkout to stay on the floor for an unreasonable length of time. She also claimed that Publix did not warn of or clean the water.
My thoughts: This verdict tells me very little about the case because it does not say how much money was awarded for pain and suffering. This accident happened in 2006 and the law has become more difficult since then. If this case went to trial with the new law, the woman would have to prove that Publix knew or should have known that the water was on the floor.
Publix admitted liability (fault) in this case. It is not typical for a grocery store to admit that they caused a slip and fall case. Note: I heard that the entire verdict was for past medical bills, but I think this is an error. This case was Stanridge v. Publix Supermarkets Inc. 07-11954 AJ.
Actual Case (not mine): $5,000 for past Pain and Suffering for a 47-year-old female shopper who had a fall down in Publix supermarket in West Palm Beach, Florida in 2004. She fractured her patella, which required surgery with wires placed inside her knee. She had four months of physical therapy.
Her doctor said that she had a 6% impairment to her body, and another doctor testified that she had a 15% impairment and that she would need about $60,000 in future medical treatment. The doctor hired by Publix said that the Plaintiff had a 3% impairment.
The female shopper alleged that she fell on water while shopping at Publix. Publix argued that she was at fault, that there was no water on the floor, and that her previous health condition could have caused or contributed to her fall. She received an offer from Publix of $65,000 which she rejected. She was then offered $100,000, which she also rejected. Her attorney told her to accept the offers.
The jury heard testimony that she had a prior doubtful claim. The jury also awarded her $35,264.39 in past medical expenses and $5,000 in future medical expenses. The verdict was in 2004.
My thoughts: The amount awarded to the shopper for pain and suffering is way below the average settlement value for knee (patella fracture) with surgery. If surgery is performed on the knee, like in this case, the settlement value increases.
Torn Meniscus Settlements/Verdicts (not my cases)
Actual Case (not mine): $4,300 Awarded for Pain and Suffering only for a surgery for a torn meniscus in right knee.It was caused by overextending of her knee. Additionally, he had surgery for a torn rotator cuff (shoulder). The 55 year-old male shopper, a physician’s assistant, claimed that there was water on the floor in the floral department of Publix in Fort Pierce (St. Lucie County), Florida.
She claimed that the water was there because an employee was watering plants before he slipped and fell on the water. He was allegedly in prison for 2 1/2 years on a felony drug charge, but apparently the court did not allow Publix to mention his felony conviction at trial. His doctor recommended a total knee replacement and more shoulder surgery. The future estimated medical bills were $100,000.
My thoughts: I am unsure how much fault, if any, was placed on the shopper for not paying attention. Apparently, Publix was not allowed to mention his felony conviction at the time of trial. Normally, the judge will allow the defense attorney to ask the Plaintiff to tell the jury whether he has a felony. The amount that was awarded here for pain and suffering for a rotator cuff surgery and a meniscus surgery is way below the average settlement range for those injuries. The case is Brachlow v. Publix.
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