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Legal Memorandum: Verdicts and Settlements in Burn Cases

Issue: What verdicts and settlements have been reported in cases involving second- and third-degree electrical burns over 60% of the body?

Area of Law: Personal Injury & Negligence
Keywords: Jury verdict and settlement cases; Severe burns resulting in death; Electrical burns
Jurisdiction: National
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 05/01/2007

Twenty-seven comparable verdicts and settlements were from across the country since 2002 for valuation purposes, ranging from $340,000 to $45,000,100, with an average award of $6,162,886.  The following table summarizes these findings:


Table 1.  Burn Injuries

Verdict Range

Settlement Range

Average Verdict

Average Settlement

Nationwide

$340,000-$45,000,100

$750,000-$11,000,000

$8,468,620

$3,433,333

Personal Injury Valuation Handbook Information

Case valuation information in the Personal Injury Valuation Handbooks is often a constructive resource in attempting to determine the value of a case.  The Valuation Handbooks indicate that nationwide verdicts and settlements in all collected cases through 2006 involving severe*FN1 and catastrophic*FN2 burn injuries for plaintiffs of all age groups varied according to the following tables: 

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Table 2.  Nationwide Verdicts

Verdict Median

Verdict Range

Verdict Mean[3]

Awards over $1,000,000

Severe Burn Injuries

$1,739,982

$15,000-$55,000,000

$3,874,605

66%

Catastrophic Burn Injuries

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