Based on the following sampling of case law, the range for general damages awarded for suffering from thigh injuries as a result of an accident is between $61,460 – $162,341 [adjusted for 2023 inflation rates]. The general damage award amounts for each individual case below have not been adjusted for inflation. For your convenience, the Bank of Canada Inflation Calculator can be accessed here.
As described in our General Damages Guide, these awards are only for general damages which compensate you for your pain and suffering. There are other types of damages that you may be entitled to claim, such as lost income and medical care costs, depending on the circumstances of your case. To assess the total value of your injury claim, try our Injury Claim Calculator or book a free consultation.
The case law
- The plaintiff, a 41-year-old cleaning business owner, suffered injuries as a result of a trip and fall while walking on a city sidewalk. She suffered a fracture to her left tibia extending into the knee joint. She was placed in a cast from her groin to her ankle. The injury likely accelerated the plaintiff’s pre-existing osteoarthritis by five to ten years. She would likely require knee replacement surgery at some time in the future. She continued to be guarded in what she could do at the time of trial. At the end of the work day, her left knee was stiff and swollen. Before reducing by 25% for the plaintiff’s contributory negligence, general damages were assessed at $75,000.
- The plaintiff, a 52-year-old cashier, was injured as a result of a slip and fall. She severely fractured her femur when she slipped on a muddy substance that had pooled on the sidewalk. The fracture was surgically repaired with the insertion of screws and plates. Seven months after the accident, the plaintiff’s physician opined that she was medically unable to continue at a job that required prolonged standing. Due to her ongoing knee pain, she underwent a total right knee replacement 3 ½ years after the accident. Prior to the accident, she suffered from the effects of diabetes and arthritis. As a result of the injuries, she experienced a significant acceleration of arthritis in her knees. She was awarded $120,000 in general damages.
- The plaintiff, a 39-year-old farmworker, suffered a fractured left femur when he was struck by a motor vehicle. He spent 10 days in hospital, and was unable to weight bear on his injured leg for a few months. He began weight-bearing with the aid of a walker, moving to a crutch and then a cane approximately six months after the accident. He underwent additional surgery to remove a rod from his leg approximately three years after the accident. His fracture healed with an external rotation deformity, and his injured leg was left shorter than the other. He was able to meet the physical demands of farming, but worked at a much slower pace. He was awarded $65,000 in general damages.
- The plaintiff was injured when he was struck by a vehicle while bicycling. He was thrown from his bike, and struck a wall. As he struck the wall, he felt his femur snap. Plaintiff also suffered an injury to his knee. He continued to suffer from hip and knee pain at the time of trial, six-years post-accident. In the future, he would not be able to work out at sea doing field work in his area of study. Karate, weight training, and the general upper end of his body conditioning had been compromised by the continued restrictions in his leg, knee, and hip. He was awarded $45,000 in general damages.
- The 18-year-old plaintiff was injured as a passenger in a motor vehicle accident. She suffered a right hemopneumothorax, left pneumothorax, undisplaced pelvic pubic ramus fracture, comminuted mid-shaft fracture of right femur with disruption of vascular supply, left radius fracture of forearm, and right humerus fracture. The plaintiff required multiple surgeries, including a grafting procedure to repair a damaged artery in her leg. She spent 35 days in the hospital. She received $75,000 in general damages.
- The 20-year-old plaintiff was injured when he was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle. The high-impact accident caused the plaintiff to suffer a fractured femur, a torn anterior-cruciate ligament, a dislocated finger, and a laceration of the quadriceps. Two major surgeries were required to repair the injuries to his femur, quadriceps, and ACL, as well as two minor surgeries to remove hardware. He spent 10 months on crutches, and was left with some ongoing residual disability. He would be at an increased risk of earlier onset of post-traumatic osteoarthritis. He was able to participate in many of the same activities, though with a lower degree of intensity. He was awarded $65,000 in general damages.
- The 29-year-old plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in a grossly comminuted proximal right femoral fracture and a fracture in his first lumbar vertebra. He was left with a permanent limp, weakened musculature surrounding his right hip, and pain and discomfort periodically in his right knee and lower back. He received $60,000 in general damages.
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