How much is a compression fracture lawsuit worth?

Depending on whether there is surgery or permanent disability, a spinal compression fracture settlement is worth from $20,000 to over $1 million.

Author: Brad Nakase, Attorney

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A spinal compression fracture is worth from $20,000 to over $1 million depending on four factors:

  1. Medical Bills
    There is a correlation between the number of medical bills and spinal compression fracture settlement. A person’s medical bill that is $10,000 has a settlement value of $20,000 to $30,000. Likewise, A person’s medical bill that is $100,000 has a settlement value of $200,000 to $300,000.
  2. Surgery
    Whether a person had surgery for a spinal compression fracture is a significant factor in determining the settlement. Generally, if there was surgery, a spinal compression fracture settlement ranges from $150,000 to $350,000.
  3. Permanent Disability (Major factor)
    If a person has a permanent disability from the spinal compression fracture, the settlement ranges from $350,000 to over $1 million. The more debilitating the injury is, the higher the settlement amount.

A spinal fracture will need to be evaluated by an emergency medicine specialist. A doctor may recommend the following diagnostic tests, depending on the kind of injuries:

  • X-rays to look for fractures or abnormal movement of the spine
  • Spine CT scan to look for changes in the bone structure
  • MRI scan to look for soft tissue damage to the discs and ligaments, and to assess any spinal cord injury

How Are Spinal Fractures Treated?

When an individual suffers a spinal fracture, the first step in treating the fracture is to stabilize the victim. This may be done by means of a stretcher, backboard, or cervical collar that prevents the victim from moving or suffering further injuries. After the victim is stabilized, emergency medicine physicians will decide whether surgery is necessary based on the location and severity of the fracture. Minor fractures may be treated without surgery using cervical bracing, rest, and time. For individuals with unstable fractures, surgery may be used to relieve pressure on the spinal cord and stabilize the spine.

After any emergency treatments, spinal fracture treatment may include the following:

  • Physical rehabilitation and therapy
  • The use of medications to help control bowel and bladder function, pain, muscle movement, blood pressure, and other health issues
  • Follow up care with a rehabilitation specialist who can help with long-term rehab

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