Scapula Fracture: $1,600,000 Pain and Suffering Verdict Reduced on Appeal to $500,000


The scapula, also known as the shoulder blade, is the flat triangular bone of the shoulder girdle. It articulates with the clavicle (the collarbone) and it forms the glenoid fossa with which the humeral head articulates.

There aren't a lot of scapula fracture cases or decisions that result in large pain and suffering damage awards or appellate court decisions. In part, that's because when it's only the scapula that's injured it's usually not too serious and heals well without surgery. When it's a bad scapula fracture, there are often other injuries too such as head injuries or facial fractures which often dwarf the scapula fracture insofar as pain and suffering is concerned.

This month, though, an appeals court in New York weighed in on the amount of pain and suffering damages that's proper in a case involving only a scapula fracture. In Keaney v. City of New York, a 57 year old construction worker was unloading wooden planks and frames when two planks fell from the top of 30 foot scaffolding and struck the plaintiff on the right shoulder, knocking him to the ground.

Please see full post for more information.

LOADING PDF: If there are any problems, click here to download the file.

Written by:

Published In:

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

© John Hochfelder | Attorney Advertising

Don't miss a thing! Build a custom news brief:

Read fresh new writing on compliance, cybersecurity, Dodd-Frank, whistleblowers, social media, hiring & firing, patent reform, the NLRB, Obamacare, the SEC…

…or whatever matters the most to you. Follow authors, firms, and topics on JD Supra.

Create your news brief now - it's free and easy »

All the intelligence you need, in one easy email:

Great! Your first step to building an email digest of JD Supra authors and topics. Log in with LinkedIn so we can start sending your digest...

Sign up for your custom alerts now, using LinkedIn ›

* With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name.