Worrying about the compensation you can expect after suffering a broken leg in an accident is normal.
A broken leg is a serious injury.
While the pain and rehabilitation are stressful, you may be even more concerned about how you’ll recover what you’ve lost.
There are a few factors that will impact how much compensation you get for a broken leg.
Factors Affecting an Average Settlement for a Broken Leg
Determining the average settlement for a broken leg is difficult because the amount depends on multiple factors.
An experienced personal injury attorney can analyze your case and determine whether the most common factors impacting potential settlement values are relevant to your particular case.
Because each injury has unique facts and circumstances, most attorneys will hesitate to give average settlement values for a broken leg until they can more carefully review your case.
Below we discuss some of the factors that can impact your settlement.
The Severity of the Injury
The severity of your injury significantly impacts any potential settlement values.
For example, the difference between an average settlement for a broken femur and an average settlement for a broken tibia and fibula can be huge.
Generally speaking, a broken femur requires extensive surgery and a lengthy recovery. Victims may be left with pain for the rest of their lives.
By contrast, a broken tibia and fibula, although still serious injuries, usually result in a full recovery.
The average settlement for a broken leg with surgery will often be larger because of the costs associated with surgery.
Generally, the longer the recovery period and the more complex the injury and treatment, the larger a settlement can be.
Change in Daily Life
The degree to which your injury impacts your daily life also affects your potential settlement value.
For example, when your broken femur prevents you from doing the things you previously enjoyed doing before your injury, that loss might increase your broken leg compensation payouts.
Additionally, in some situations, injured victims may never make a full recovery.
If your injury prevents you from working the same job you had or forces you to find an alternative, lower-paying occupation, then your settlement might compensate you for those losses.
How much compensation you can expect for a broken leg is greatly impacted by a precise determination of liability.
However, even if you were partly at fault for your injuries, you can still recover compensation because New Mexico is a pure comparative negligence state.
Pure comparative negligence allows you to recover compensation for your losses even if you are partially at fault for your accident.
However, your total damages award will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned.
What Are My Recoverable Damages?
If your case goes to trial, you can receive compensatory damages in the form of both economic and non-economic damages.
Even if your case does not go to trial, your attorney will still need to calculate your damages to reach a favorable settlement.
Economic damages represent financial losses directly related to your injuries.
These damages include medical expenses, loss of wages, future loss of earnings, and property damage.
Tangible evidence like receipts, invoices, and pay stubs help your attorney calculate these losses.
Noneconomic damages include intangible losses related to the physical and psychological injuries you’ve suffered.
For example, emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and permanent disability are noneconomic damages.
Noneconomic damages vary significantly from person to person due to their subjective nature. As a result, they are difficult to prove without the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
At Tawney, Acosta & Chaparro P.C., we understand how serious the impact of a broken leg can be.
You are likely facing significant disruptions to your life with a long road to recovery ahead of you. You may be worried about paying medical bills, household expenses, and getting your job back after you recover.
Our team of dedicated attorneys is here to fight for you so you can focus on healing.
Don’t worry about fighting insurance companies or the liable party on your own. You deserve fair compensation, and we possess the experience, knowledge, and skills to advocate for your best interest.
Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how we can help you.