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Legal Memorandum: Below-the-Knee Amputations in GA

Issue: What are some recent jury verdicts and settlements for Georgia plaintiffs suffering a below-the-knee amputation?

Area of Law: Personal Injury & Negligence, Workers Compensation Insurance
Keywords: Jury verdicts and settlements; Below-the-knee amputations
Jurisdiction: Georgia
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 03/01/2005

  An online search through jury verdict and settlement files in several databases and review of published materials for cases involving Georgia plaintiffs suffering a leg amputations yielded 9 verdicts and settlements reports.  Those reported verdicts and settlements involving Georgia plaintiffs ranged from $98,500 to $5,362,500, with an average of $929,556    

  • 92-year-old female nursing home patient suffered below-the-knee leg amputation due to severe bed sores on her heal.  Jury awarded plaintiff $5,362,500, including $362,500 in compensatory damages and $5,000,000 in punitive damages, which was reduced to the $250,000 statutory limit.  Pagan v. Columbus Reg’l Healthcare Sys., Muscogee County, Ga. June 4, 2004 (No. SU-01CV1082). 
  • 60-year-old male laborer suffered a below-the-knee amputation when a backhoe rolled over his foot on a job site.  Jury awarded plaintiff $98,500Johnson v. Sagon, Fayette County, Ga. 1999. 
  • 45-year-old male patient suffered a below-the-knee amputation following an infection from an ingrown toenail.  Jury awarded plaintiff $400,000Booth v. Wittworth, Fulton County, Ga. 1996. 
  • 70-year-old female patient suffered a leg amputation following the onset of decubitus ulcers on her heels.  Jury awarded plaintiff $165,000, including $55,000 in medicals and $110,000 in pain and suffering.  Brown v. Dekalb Med. Ctr., Dekalb County, Ga. 1996. 
  • Male tow-truck driver in his 40s suffered above-the-knee amputation in a motor vehicle accident.  Case settled for $1,500,000Thompson v. Shepherd Constr. Co., Dekalb County, Ga. 1995. 
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