Two recent elbow fracture cases have resulted in pain and suffering verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.
In Carrasquillo v. City of New York (Supreme Court, Kings County; Index # 13888/01; 10/17/08), a six year old girl fell from a ladder at a slide in a municipal park and sustained a grade III supracondylar fracture of her dominant arm's elbow. Treatment included closed reduction and the application of percutaneous pins. At trial (eight years later), she claimed she still suffers swelling, pain, reduced range of motion and inability to carry many items. After a two week trial, the jury awarded her $3,200,000 for her pain and suffering ($500,000 past; $2,700,000 future)....
...The other recent case comes from the federal court in Brooklyn: Soto v. Kraft Foods Global, Inc. (U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y.; # 08-2413; 3/4/09). In that case, a 36 year old delivery truck driver sustained a type II Monteggia's fracture (a fracture of the proximal region of the ulna) and a fracture dislocation of the same elbow's radial head. He underwent open reduction and internal fixation surgery and was left with a metal plate and nine screws in his arm as a result.
At trial 16 months later (the federal system is much faster than the state system in New York), Mr. Soto claimed he'll have permanent pain and range of motion deficits and that his arm and elbow retain merely marginal functionality. The jury awarded him $1,100,000 for his pain and suffering ($275,000 past; $825,000 future - 37 years)....
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