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, resulting in death within ten days where the victim was a 50-year-old male?

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

A.        Summary of On-line Searches

Various searches were conducted in on-line jury verdict and settlement databases for cases in Texas involving severe burns resulting in death.  The searches retrieved 6 Texas verdicts and settlements since 2002 ranging from $45,000 to $42,500,000 with an average award of $11,930,978. 

Table 1.  Burn Injuries

Verdict Range

Settlement Range

Average Verdict

Average Settlement






B.                 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: 

C.                Texas Burn Cases

  • Male welder left behind a wife and a young daughter when he was burned and killed while working on a scrubber.  A jury awarded Plaintiffs $18,900,607, including $130,788 to the surviving spouse for past pecuniary loss, $882,819 to the surviving spouse for future pecuniary loss, $200,000 to […]

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