If you are the victim of a car accident that results in a fractured patella, you will probably want to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your case. There are many questions an attorney will ask about your injury. Once these questions are addressed, the attorney is able to determine the value of your case. Here are a few factors that will affect the value of your fractured kneecap case.
Your Occupation: A fractured patella can take 6-8 weeks to heal, and often longer. During recovery, the knee is usually kept immobile, which can limit how much you are able to work during recovery, resulting in lost wages. If your occupation is very labor intensive, then a broken kneecap will greatly affect your work and your ability to generate income. A jury will take your occupation into account when determining your damage award.
Permanence of the Injury: Generally, you can expect a higher settlement if you injury is permanent. Permanent injuries can reduce your quality of life. A jury will typically put a higher value on these cases.
Types of Treatment: There are several ways you can injure or break your kneecap. Stable fractures, displaced fractures, comminuted fractures, and open fractures are types of fractures of the kneecap (patella). Not all kneecap fractures require the same treatment. For example, a stable fracture can heal without surgery. The more invasive and expensive your medical treatment is, the more a jury will consider for damage award.
Keep in mind, the value of any particular case is determined by the jury. If a case goes to trial, then a jury will hear the details of your case and make a determination about the monetary award. The jury is not instructed to use a system or a “settlement formula,” so they base their decision on the facts presented during the trial. Jury verdicts on personal injury cases vary greatly from case to case, so it is tremendously difficult to make a prediction of the final damage award.
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