Latest New York Appeals Court to Evaluate Ankle Fracture Pain and Suffering Case: $550,000; Most Range Between $300,000 and $600,000

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Another significant ankle fracture pain and suffering verdict has been reviewed by a New York appeals court and in its decision this week a Kings County verdict for $800,000 was deemed unreasonable and reduced to $550,000.

Myron Fishbane, a 69 year old semi-retired accountant, slipped and fell down stairs in 2004, broke his ankle and sued the owner for negligence in that the stairs were slippery, without an adequate handrail and with treads that were too large. The defendants denied their negligence but in the course of the lawsuit they failed to provide information after the judge ordered them to do so and therefore their defense was stricken and the case proceeded to an evaluation of damages only.

Fishbane's ankle was fractured in three places (a trimalleolar fracture) and he required open reduction internal fixation surgery whereby a metal rod and 11 screws were placed to hold the bones in place.

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