Fractured femur isn't a serious impairment? Maybe if its not your femur.
The Court of Appeals recently threw out a case filed by James Plaggemeyer against the Lee family. Apparently one of the Lees (sounds like the kid was driving a car titled jointly by both parents) hit Plaggemeyer's bike (although in an interestingly-foretelling description, the opinion says that "his bicycle collided with defendants' motor vehicle"). The man had surgery, used a walker for four weeks, crutches for eight weeks and returned to work without restrictions after fourteen weeks. He couldn't do lawn work for a year. He can't hike, jog or play tennis "because of pain." His left leg has atrophied about an inch.
Nevertheless, because the latter restrictions are "self-imposed" and not supported by proof from a physician, however, the court refused to consider them. It concluded that under the Kreiner analysis, as a matter of law, he had not shown a "life-altering injury." We can't help but wonder whether these judges would agree with this analysis of "serious impairment" if it were their lives disrupted in this fashion.