Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Suffers Major Fall At Home, Fractures Bone

It is being reported that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor fell in her home on Monday and suffered a broken shoulder. On Tuesday, a court spokeswoman confirmed the injury, but said Sotomayor will continue her court duties.

The 63-year-old Justice will be wearing a medical sling for several weeks, according to spokeswoman Kathy Arberg. As Reuters reports, Sotomayor will also undergo physical therapy.

Here’s more from the report:

The injury that she sustained on Monday marked the second medical issue that Sotomayor, 63, has faced this year. The life-long diabetic was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington in January.

Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court’s four liberal justices, was named to the court in 2009 by Democratic former President Barack Obama. She is the first Hispanic justice to serve on the court.

“Justice Sotomayor plans to continue with her schedule as usual,” Arberg said.


Per Fox News:

The court says the 63-year-old Sotomayor will wear a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy. She is not expected to miss any time on the bench. The justices are hearing arguments this week and next.

The court says the fall occurred Monday morning and that a doctor confirmed the break in the afternoon. Sotomayor was in court Monday and did not appear to be in pain.

In January, emergency medical personnel treated her at home for symptoms of low blood sugar. Sotomayor is diabetic.

Despite the injury, as Law reports, the Justice remained on the bench and continued to hear oral arguments:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is participating in oral arguments today in spite of breaking her left shoulder in a fall at her Washington home Monday.

The court this morning issued this statement:

“Justice Sotomayor injured her left shoulder in a fall at her home Monday morning. Her doctor confirmed yesterday afternoon that her shoulder was broken. She will wear a sling for several weeks and will undergo physical therapy. Justice Sotomayor plans to continue with her schedule as usual.”

Sotomayor attended oral arguments on Monday. The justice is right-handed.

Here’s even more:

In addition to diabetes-related medical concerns, the 63-year-old justice has suffered other orthopedic injuries:

In June 2009, before joining the court, she broke her ankle at New York’s LaGuardia Airport as she rushed make a flight to Washington to meet with senators in anticipation of her confirmation hearing.

In April 2014, Sotomayor tripped on a sidewalk in New York City and broke four bones in her hand. She wore a cast on her forearm and hand.

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