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Amputation Cases: Average Pain & Suffering vs Economic Damages

One of the central pieces of a case for an injured client is the reparations from the defendant for the client’s pain and suffering. Even though the defendant, or the defendant’s insurance company, compensates for medical bills and other economic damages, there’s always the component of the loss of enjoyment of a client’s life which stemmed from their injuries.

To determine the average amounts of pain and suffering given to a client in conjunction with the average amount of economic damages they received, we analyzed 665 cases which specified pain and suffering amounts and other economic damages amounts from 37 different case topics. These topics ranged from physical injuries such as a broke femur or amputated leg to psychological issues incurred by rape or racial discrimination. Through this analysis, we determined the average amount of economic damages awarded and the average amount of pain and suffering awarded for amputation injuries.

In above-knee amputations, we saw an average of economic damages of $2,020,628.57 and an average of pain and suffering of $6,147,936.43. Our calculations showed that economic damages were 32.87% of the award for pain and suffering, and the award for pain and suffering was 204.26% greater than the total award for economic damages (Fig. 1).

Figure 1. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 32.87% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

Above-elbow amputations showed an average amount of economic damages of $1,203,847 and an average amount of pain and suffering of $4,720,020. The amount of economic damages equated to 25.51% of the amount of pain and suffering awarded; the award for pain and suffering was 292.08% greater than the awards for economic damages (Fig. 2).

Figure 2. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 25.51% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

Above-knee amputations showed an average amount of economic damages of $723,961.86 and an average award for pain and suffering of $1,606,642.86. We calculated that the awards economic damages equated to 45.06% of the award for pain and suffering and that pain and suffering was 121.92% greater than the award for economic damages (Fig. 3).

Figure 3. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 45.06% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.\

In below-elbow amputations, we saw an average amount of economic damages of $189,986.66 and an average amount of pain and suffering of $6,412,690. Economic damages equated to 2.96% of the award for pain and suffering and the award for pain and suffering was 3,275.34% greater than the awards for economic damages (Fig. 4).

Figure 4. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 2.96% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

In finger amputation cases, we saw an average amount for economic damages of $249,817.63 and an average amount of pain and suffering of $413,217.39. This means that economic damage compensation was approximately 60.46% of pain and suffering compensation and pain and suffering compensation was 65.41% greater than economic damages compensation (Fig. 5).

Figure 5. This figure shows the percentage of economic damages awards in relation to pain and suffering compensation. The blue band at the bottom represents the 60.46% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

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