Average Settlement for a Fractured Sternum After a Car AccidentTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. September 22, 2022
The sternum is an incredibly important part of the human body. Also known as the breastbone, it sits at the front of the ribcage and helps protect the heart, lungs, and major blood vessels from injury.
If you suffer damage to your sternum, it can cause great pain. Sternum fractures might make you unable to work for months and leave you and your family with significant medical costs.
So, if you file a claim for an injury like this, what can you expect to recover? What is the average settlement for a fractured sternum?
According to the broken sternum car accident settlement examples listed on this page, the typical Florida average payout for a broken sternum is anywhere from $85,000 to $1,269,936. Settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case, so the average payout for a broken sternum in Florida varies greatly. These claims can be very complex to pursue, which is why you should speak with an experienced Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Here’s how you can best determine an idea of the settlement you could receive, speak with an experienced attorney from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we will go over all the specifics of your case. We can tell you the potential strengths and weaknesses of your broken sternum claim and let you know what you might receive through settlement negotiations or in a jury trial. If you attempt to handle your claim independently, you will likely receive a much lower settlement or even find your claim denied.
Causes of Fractured Sternums and Secondary Injuries
Most fractured sternums are the result of impact trauma. This can happen in a slip and fall accident or other negligence situation, but it is most likely to occur during an auto accident. The person’s chest may hit the steering wheel, glove compartment, or dashboard. In addition, a taut seatbelt or fully inflated airbag can cause the sternum to fracture.
These safety measures can keep a passenger from being thrown from the vehicle during an accident, but the violent nature of a crash can still cause injury.
Unfortunately, sternum injuries can sometimes result in very serious secondary injuries. This includes injuries to the heart, lungs, and all the vessels that provide blood to the chest and its organs. In addition, the impact may cause damage to the abdominal area and its organs like the spleen and stomach.
Other bones and major nerves may experience injury as well. This may mean a person cracks a rib or damages the spinal cord. One of the scariest possible car accident injuries, a traumatic brain injury, can also be tied to sternum fractures.
What Compensation Can I Collect?
Florida personal injury damages consist of three general categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages cover the concrete losses a victim suffers due to an accident. This is usually the easiest category to prove. This includes:
- Any accrued medical bills
- Lost wages
- Damage to your vehicle.
As long as you provide the right documentation to prove the costs, there is no limit to this category in Florida.
This category compensates for injuries that are a little harder to put a number to but are still significant losses. This includes:
Physical Pain and Suffering
Damages for physical pain and suffering. Pain and suffering includes any physical, emotional, or mental distress that you’ve experienced as the result of an accident. Broken sternum injuries can have a lot of pain and suffering due to often causing ongoing pain with an average recovery time of 10 weeks. This may leave you unable to work for months and leave you and your family with significant medical costs.
Emotional and psychological trauma
Loss of quality of life
Indefinite other losses
As with economic damages, there is no limit (cap) to this category in Florida. However, it is important to consult with an attorney before accepting a fractured sternum injury settlement to make sure you are being properly compensated.
The first two types of damages are compensatory damages, intended to compensate you for your losses. On the other hand, punitive damages, as the name suggests, punish a defendant and send a message.
Courts typically award these damages only in the most serious personal injury cases when the at-fault party commits extreme and reckless conduct that results in injury. They are generally capped at three times the amount the plaintiff receives in compensatory damages.
What is a Fractured Sternum Worth in Florida?
A fractured sternum is worth anywhere from $85,000 to $1,269,936 based on the examples that are listed on this page. Various factors impact settlement value, including the total amount of your damages and liability. Every single personal injury case is different, and this is true even for each fractured sternum claim.
In this case a male motorist received $85,000 after a car accident that caused serious physical pain and suffering from a broken sternum. The incident caused the client to seek additional medical treatments through a chiropractor impacting the client’s daily life and leisurely activities. The fractured sternum car accident compensation achieved by Abrahamson and Uterwyk allowed our client to receive the maximum insurance proceeds for his injuries.
Insurance companies often try to get victims to accept lowball offers that don’t cover all the losses they suffered or will suffer as a result of the accident. This is why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney through a free consultation.
They can help you calculate a fair amount to seek in a broken sternum car accident settlement but will also prepare to take your case to trial if necessary.
Examples of Fractured Sternum Car Accident Compensation in Florida
$85,000/2021 Auto Accident/Abrasions/Fractured Sternum/Left Shoulder Tears of Labram and Supraspinatus
$1,269,936 / (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident / Fractures / Citrus County, FL
Fractured Sternum in Florida? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a Free Consultation Today!
If you suffered a broken sternum or any related secondary injury due to someone else’s negligence, we know that you might be struggling. In addition to the physical pain, you are probably worried about the medical bills and wages you’ll lose if you aren’t able to work.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are here to help. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys will put our years of experience to work for you and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
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