The 2 bones in your lower leg are the tibia and the fibula.
How much compensation can you get if someone’s carelessness caused your lower leg fracture?
The component of damages that most people don’t know is pain and suffering. Keep in mind that if you are injured while working in Florida and nobody other than employer is at fault, most of the time you cannot get money for pain and suffering.
The basic settlement formula in any personal injury case is:
Settlement = Out-of-pocket medical bills + Lost wages + Pain and suffering
There is a starting point for the full value of a pain and suffering component for a fibula (smaller bone in the lower leg) fracture. Different adjuster may use slightly different starting points.
The starting point that I use for the pain and suffering component of a fibula fracture without surgery is $25,000 to $40,000.
Add the amount of pain and suffering to your economic damages (out of pocket medical bills and lost wages). A fibula fracture with surgery (ORIF) may have a full value for pain and suffering component of $100,000 or more.
Tibial Plateau Fracture Settlements
I settled a tibial plateau fracture case for $445,000, and one for over $69,000 and another for $33,000. Learn more about tibial plateau fracture cases from accidents in Florida.
An insurance company or big company (like Publix, Walmart, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Epcot, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, Target, Costco, etc.) may end up paying you much more than $75,000 for the pain and suffering component.
If you’re left with a bad disability such as a limp, this increases the full value of the pain and suffering component of your claim. The worse your limp, the higher the full value of the pain and suffering component.
A child’s fracture that results in a growth plate injury may be worth more. If your legs are not equal in height after your broken tibia, this may also increase the value of your case.
However, if responsible parties are uninsured and do not have money, you may get nothing.
If you have surgery, the full value of pain and suffering component generally increases significantly. This is just a starting point, and it can be reduced by many things that can hurt your case.
Pedestrian Hit By Car Gets $325,000 for Tibia Fracture
My actual case: $325,000 Settlement for surgery on a fractured tibia. A car hit a pedestrian, my client, in Coconut Grove (Miami-Dade County), Florida. My client was a foreigner who was visiting Miami, Florida for pleasure.
Below is an x-ray which was taken at the hospital and shows the fracture.
At the hospital, an external fixator was drilled into his leg, which you can see below.
The fixator was removed within the year. The rod and screws were left in place. Below is an x-ray which was taken after the external fixator was removed from his leg.
My client purchased $100,000 in uninsured motorist (UM) liability coverage on his rental car. Ace Insurance Company was the UM insurer.
I made a UM claim with ACE. The driver who caused the crash was working for the US Customs and Border Patrol.
I sent proof to ACE that the USA is self insured. I claimed that the driver who hit my client is therefore uninsured under Florida law.
They hired a Fort Lauderdale attorney to represent them. They eventually paid me the $100,000 UM liability limits.
I also sued the United States government. They are the proper property who is responsible for the US Customs and Border Protection’s negligence.
My actual case: $25,000 Settlement for an elderly Cuban-American businessman who suffered a broken (fractured) tibia (lower leg bone). A driver of a vehicle crashed into him. State Farm insured the other driver.
This car accident occurred in Hialeah, Florida. My client did not purchase uninsured motorist coverage which may have resulted in a larger settlement. This is one of my many settlements with State Farm Insurance Company.
The cases below aren’t mine unless I say that they are.
Actual case (not mine): $800,000 in pain and suffering for a 6 year-old-boy who had permanent growth plate damage on a tibia, arthritis in his knee and would need future surgery. As a result of the growth plate damage, there was a 4-6 inch difference in the length of his legs.
The boy’s parent(s) sued a doctor for failing to property diagnose and treat his condition, failing to speak with an infectious disease doctor, failing to perform surgery to clean out the fracture, and failing to prescribe antifungal medication.
Because the gross (total) settlement was greater than $50,000, court approval of the settlement was needed. I am almost certain that the minor’s net settlement (after all attorney’s fees, costs and bills) was greater than $15,000, so a minor guardianship of the property was also needed.
Actual case (not mine): $677,000 verdict for pain & suffering against State Farm for a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Plantation, Florida had 3 lower leg (tibia/fibula) leg surgeries.
Actual case (not mine): $580,000 in pain and suffering in 2005 for a 48-year-old man who broke his lower leg (tibia and fibula) and required surgery (ORIF).
He also had arthritis and had a mild to moderate limp and his leg remains swollen. He tripped and fell over a skateboard that was on the floor at the Sports Authority in Broward County, Florida.
He was approximately $119,000 in past pain and suffering and $459,800 in future pain and suffering.
Actual case (not mine): $292,000 in Pain and Suffering when a child and her family were living in an apartment building in Hialeah, Florida.
The child was injured when a structure that was above the electric meter fell on the child. The child’s parents sued the apartment complex for failing to use reasonable steps to maintain the property.
The apartment complex claimed that it was not liable and said that the girl’s brother leaped and grabbed the overhang and that was the cause of her injury.
The apartment complex also said that it had no notice of the dangerous condition. The jury verdict found the apartment complex 100% responsible.
My thoughts: The pain and suffering for the ribs make up a small portion of this award as compared to the tibial fracture. I don’t know if the injured person got money for medical bills.
Who pays your medical bills if a driver’s negligence caused your lower leg fracture in a Florida car or truck crash?
Who is the best Florida attorney for tibia and fibula fracture claims? What about in Miami?
No lawyer can say that he is the best Florida tibia or fibula fracture attorney, or the top Miami tibia fracture accident lawyer. Florida attorney ethics rules prohibit this.
I can’t claim to be the best Florida tibia fracture lawyer. However, Florida lawyers are able to share their settlements. I’ve already talked about a few of my tibia fracture settlements.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated.