What Is The Average Personal Injury Settlement? (2024)

Discover trends in personal injury settlement amounts over 10 years, covering car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and more.

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Median Settlement for Personal Injuries in the U.S., 2009-2020


From 2009 to 2020, the money people got for personal injury claims went up a lot. In 2009, they got around $43,128, but by 2020, this amount grew to $125,366. This shows us that the legal world is getting better at making sure people who get hurt receive more money to help them. This information helps us understand how important it is to know our legal rights and get the right help.

Injury Jury Awards by Liability Type

Median And Average Personal Injury Jury Awards By Type Of Liability, 2007-2023*


* 2021-2023 values are calculated by linear regression model

Source: Insurance Information Institute

2011-2015: Steady Increase Amidst Landmark Settlements

The year 2011 marked a significant rise in settlement amounts, with the median for vehicular cases at $31,261 and $2,531,882.25 for product liability. This increase can be partly attributed to some landmark legal settlements:

This upward trend continued through 2015, with the median settlement for vehicular cases reaching $39,360 and product liability at $2,500,000.

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2016-2020: High-Profile Settlements in Medical Malpractice and Product Liability

During this period, settlements saw substantial increases, especially in medical malpractice and product liability. In 2016, median settlement amount in product liability cases rose to $3,762,500, likely influenced by high-profile lawsuits such as:

Medical cases also saw considerable settlements:

Median settlements for premises liability (slip and fall accidents) have climbed substantially, from $117 in 2007 to a projected $214,667 in 2023. Workplace injuries followed a similar trajectory, with median settlements rising from $1,962 to $352,798. These figures reflect an evolving legal landscape that increasingly acknowledges the long-term impacts of injuries.


The data analysis reveals that average personal injury settlements have been on an uptrend—reaching an overall average of approximately $113,391 from 2016 to 2023. Yet, this doesn't fully capture the diversity within personal injury law, which ranges from minor accidents to severe cases. High-profile lawsuits, while influential, don't reflect the majority of settlements that often resolve at lower amounts. This pattern underscores a broader recognition of injury impacts and the essential role of safety and accountability.

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Settlement amounts vary by case. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. Consult a lawyer for advice on specific legal issues.

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