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.

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