Issue: Using information from New York County and the surrounding area, what range of jury verdicts and settlements have been reported for mild brain injuries to an adult male that involve head injuries leading to cognitive problems or behavioral changes?
|Area of Law:||Litigation & Procedure, Personal Injury & Negligence|
|Keywords:||Jury verdicts and settlements; Head injuries; Cognitive problems or behavioral changes|
|Cited Cases:||670 N.Y.S.2d 615; 681 N.Y.S.2d 661; 248 A.D.2d 905; 671 N.Y.S.2d 737|
An online search through jury verdict files from 1995 to the present, involving similar injuries for similar plaintiffs yielded verdicts and settlements ranging from $50,000 to $2,549,675. Those cases are discussed below.
Information in the Personal Injury Valuation Handbooks (1999) based on national studies of recent similar cases indicates that the basic injury value (BIV) for a mild brain injury to a child, assuming medical expenses are between $10,000 and $19,999, was $102,150. For adult males, assuming the same range for medical expenses the BIV is $57,600. Those figures are based on the verdict median in such cases ($200,000). The verdict probability range for mild brain injuries was $35,000 to $781,775, the actual verdict range was from $1 to $30,593,831, and the verdict mean was $734,298. Twenty percent of all awards exceeded $1,000,000.
The Handbooks also provide statistics relating to settlements, noting that difficulty in determining the number of settlements affects the data sampling and the reliability of the results. Arbitration and mediation awards are not included in the sample. Nevertheless, the Handbooks report that the settlement median for mild brain injuries is $250,000, and the probability range is between $80,000 and $800,000. The settlement range stretches from $107 to $22,500,000, and the mean settlement is $688,663.
Using the BIV for male adult plaintiffs, $57,600, certain adjustments may be for a variety of factors relating to the case. For example, when a case is venued in New York County, the BIV is adjusted upward […]