In what may go down in history as the most profitable broken limb EVER, a jury in Brooklyn, New York has awarded an admitted shoplifter $510,000 after his ankle was broken during his arrest.
Evidently, police approached Kevin Jarman in a grocery store after having received reports of a theft. During the process of his arrest, Jarman was hand-cuffed. When the arresting officer Samuel Morales reportedly tugged on the cuffs, 6-foot-2 Jarman tumbled over; the situation was apparently exasperated because the policeman had placed his foot between Jarman’s feet. The premise of the suit was, “Sergeant Morales, in effect, tripped Plaintiff (Jarman.)”
Presented with that evidence, 12 jurors ACTUALLY awarded Jarman (who freely admitted he WAS stealing) $510,000!! And the story gets better—in 2005, this guy sued New York City and got $15,000 over a dropped drug sale arrest, the scoring another $20,000 from the city over another supposedly false drug arrest last year.
Now, as a Houston podiatrist, I don’t know that much about ridiculous law suits, but I DO know that, when I treat a patient for a broken ankle, it NEVER costs $500,000. If treated immediately, a broken ankle should heal fairly quickly without costing you an arm and a leg. So skip the long waits in the ER and come see Dr. Andrew Schneider if you think you’ve broken your foot, toe or ankle.