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Broken Bone Cases: Economic Damages vs Pain & Suffering

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 broken bone injuries.

Broken leg cases showed an average amount of economic damages of $67,800.16 and an average award for pain and suffering of $171,925. These cases further showed that the amount of economic damages was equal to 39.44% of the total award for pain and suffering, and that the award for pain and suffering was 153.58% greater than the awards 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 39.44% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

In broken femur cases, we saw an average award total for economic damages of $59,601 with an average award of $278,771.77 for pain and suffering. Economic damages equaled 21.38% of the total award for pain and suffering. Pain and suffering was 367.68% greater monetarily than 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 21.38% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

Broken toe cases, though considered less “serious” than other fractures, show an average amount for economic damages of $87,834.05 and an average pain and suffering award of $103,715.17. This amounts to economic damages equating to 84.25% of pain and suffering funds and pain and suffering being 18.69% greater than the total amount 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 84.25% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

In broken finger cases, we found an average amount of economic damages of $63,460.77 and an average amount of pain and suffering of $87,483.75. Economic damages equated to 73.00% of the average pain and suffering award. The pain and suffering award was 36.99% greater than the average award 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 73.00% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

Finally, broken arm cases showed an average amount of economic damages of $156,494 and an average amount of pain and suffering of $171,706.40. This means that economic damages were approximately 92.89% of the award for pain and suffering, and the average award for pain and suffering was 9.72% greater than the average award for economic damages (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 92.89% of the total amount of pain and suffering, which is in orange.

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