Jury Verdict Research conducted a study of Alabama jury trials and found that the average personal injury verdict was $309,062. As always, the high verdicts stretch the average, including a $12,000,000 verdict. The median compensatory award for personal injury trials in Alabama is $25,771. Plaintiff’s win – winning defined as recovering some money damages – 47 percent of cases that go to trial in Alabama. Putting those numbers in context, the national median is $40,000 and the nationwide plaintiff recovery probability is 48 percent. The study is based on award data from 2003 through 2009.
- Alabama malpractice verdicts (average malpractice awards)
The following is a sampling of verdicts and settlements from Alabama:
- 2020, Alabama: $500,000 Verdict. A man’s vehicle was struck head-on by the Police Chief of the City of Selma, who lost control of his car. He was transported to the hospital with chest pain complaints. His tests came back negative, and he was sent home. The following day, he checked up with his family physician for his chest pain and neck soreness. He was ultimately diagnosed with soft-tissue neck injuries and a herniated C5-6 disc. The man underwent discectomy and fusion surgery at C5-6 a year later. It was a success, and the man was now pain-free. He settled with the City of Selma, the Police Chief, and UIM carrier, Alfa Insurance, for $150,000. However, he would go to trial over his UIM claim against his secondary carrier, State Farm. After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $500,000.
- 2020, Alabama: $275,000 Verdict. A man was struck by a vehicle as he was jogging at night. He suffered a dislocated knee as a result. The man was brought to the hospital, where the staff alleviated his injury. He later followed up with an orthopedist who performed multiple surgeries to repair his ligament damage. The orthopedist testified that his knee injury was as severe as it could be. He further testified that the man would undergo future knee reconstruction. The man then settled with the driver’s policy limits. He then sued his UIM insurer State Farm, seeking his UIM coverage. State Farm contended that he only was to blame for his injuries because he jogged at night without reflective gear. The jury awarded $250,000 in damages, but the final judgment totaled $75,000.
- 2020, Alabama: $12,500 Verdict. A woman was struck head-on by a vehicle attempting to turn left at an intersection. She suffered undisclosed personal injuries as a result. The woman sued the other driver for failing to yield the right-of-way as she had a green light. She received a $12,500 verdict.
- 2020, Alabama: $140,000 Verdict. A woman slipped and fell in a puddle of water at a Walmart. Employees rushed to help her. One of them explained to her that the skylights were damaged a few months prior because of a thunderstorm. Walmart failed to repair them. The woman sued Walmart for failing to maintain its premises. Walmart contended that the skylight did not leak in three years and did not know about that specific one. The jury awarded her a $140,000 verdict.
- 2020, Alabama: $150,000 Verdict. A man’s vehicle was struck by an uninsured motorist at an intersection. He sustained undisclosed severe and permanent injuries. The man sued both the driver and his UIM carrier, Access General Insurance Adjusters. His carrier eventually opted out of the case, and the trial only involved the other driver. The jury awarded him $150,000.
- 2019, Alabama: $5,000,000 Verdict. A hospitalized woman suffered multiple bedsores that reached Stage IV. She experienced infections, disfigurement, mental anguish, and deteriorating health as a result. The woman eventually died from her complications. Her estate sued for personal injury and wrongful death. They contended that the hospital failed to turn and reposition her, which would have prevented her bedsores from progressing. The Montgomery jury awarded $5,000,000 in damages for the personal injury claim, but ruled in favor of the hospital for the wrongful death claim.
- 2018, Alabama: $10,000,000 Verdict. A speeding vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian. He threatened a witness with a gun and fled the scene. The deceased woman’s estate sued the driver, seeking wrongful death damages and pre-death pain and suffering. They argued that the man was intoxicated at the time of the collision and was speeding. After a two-day trial, the jury awarded $10,000,000 in punitive damages.
- 2018, Alabama: $1,000,000 Verdict. A woman suffered an unspecified permanent back injury while at a water park. She claimed that she sustained it while on a water slide. The woman sued the water park, seeking compensation for her injury, medical expenses and punitive damages. A Jefferson County jury awarded her $1,000,000.
- 2017, Alabama: $7,500,000 Verdict. A 59-year-old Army veteran was shopping at a local Walmart. His foot became caught under a pallet under a watermelon container as he reached for a watermelon. This caused him to fall. Security footage showed that others got their feet stuck under the pallets. The jury awarded $7,500,000.