How is a Motorcycle Accident Verdict Amount Decided For a Partial Leg Amputation?
This jury verdict was in a rural area and a motorcycle accident lawyer in New York would get a much higher verdict than in a rural area. But this case involving a partial leg amputation is a good example to show various factors considered by a jury. See how much a leg amputation is worth in New York.
A motorcyclist in a head-on collision with a pickup truck was awarded a total of $6,338,491 when he suffered the amputation of his leg below the knee, multiple fractures, implanted hardware, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (complex regional pain syndrome), and post-concussion syndrome.
How was this amount determined? The following itemization is illustrative of how a verdict for injuries is rendered. In this case, although the defendant claimed that the motorcyclist was 100% at fault, the motorcyclist was found to be only 15% at fault and the total amount awarded was reduced by 15%.
$589,480 Past Medical Cost
$1,846,780 Future Medical Cost
$107,232 Past Lost Earnings
$362,499 Future Lost Earnings Capability
$1,250,000 Past Pain And Suffering
$2,182,500 Future Pain And Suffering
Total Award $6,338,491
Total Award less 15% = $5,387,717.35 net award to the motorcyclist
A famous case, although not a motorcycle accident, is also an interesting example of how a verdict can be reduced. That is the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit.
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