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Boy Scout Awarded $172K for Jaw Damage

Ariadna Cossio4 years ago

A 9-year-old Boy Scout was awarded $172,300 after a jury determined that an injury he sustained while at Boy Scout camp was due to negligence, and would likely require permanent future medical attention.

Jaw Was Fractured by Thrown Brick

The incident occurred in June 2007 when a Boy Scouts volunteer let slip a brick that he was swinging as part of a game, and the brick hit the plaintiff in the mouth. The plaintiff was taken to a hospital where a CT scan revealed:

  • Two fractures on the right side of his jaw
  • Fracture of the right zygomatic arch
  • Fractured teeth

The boy had a metal plate in his mouth to address the injuries, and a dentist said that the plate would likely have to remain in his mouth for the rest of his life. Also, the dentist claimed the boy suffered a tempormandibular joint disorder (chronic and/ or acute pain in the joint that connects the mandible to the skull).

$172K Included Future Medical Costs

  • The plaintiff had argued for $1.3 million in damages, but the defense argued that the amount of money that would be needed in the future was speculative.
  • The jury awarded the boy $172,300.
  • The total amount awarded was broken down into four sections: past medical costs, future medical costs, past pain and suffering, and future pain and suffering.
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