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$3.4M Awarded to Teen Skater

Nicholas Wills4 years ago

A jury awarded $3.4M to a young boy for injuries that he sustained while he was skateboarding at a park in Bronx, NY.

The Skateboarding Incident

  • On July 8, 2006, the plaintiff, an 11-year-old boy at the time, was skateboarding at Mullaly Park in Bronx when he fell and injured his ankle.
  • The plaintiff claimed that one of the wheels of his skateboard got caught in a hole in the ramp of a wooden platform intended for use by skateboarders.
  • The plaintiff’s mother sued the city of New York, the park’s operator, for negligence in maintaining the park and creating a dangerous condition.
  • The wooden platform, which was installed approximately four years prior to the incident, was in a degenerative and dangerous condition because of mold, decay, and general wear and tear from use.

Injury Details

  • The plaintiff sustained a fracture in an upper portion of his ankle.
  • The plaintiff was placed in a cast, and underwent five months of medical treatment including several replacements of the cast.
  • However, the doctor said that the fractured components had not received proper union.
  • The plaintiff claims that he experiences pain every time he walks or stands for long periods of time. Even more, the plaintiff contends that his injury restricts his social life, and he is now unable to continue to do one of his favorite activities: playing baseball.
Verdict/Settlement
  • For past pain and suffering, the jury awarded personal injury damages of $400,000.
  • For future pain and suffering, the jury awarded personal injury damages of $3,000,000.
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