WASHINGTON, DC — November 8, 2018 — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, has broken three ribs suffered in a fall that took place in her office. A court statement revealed that tests had shown that three ribs on her left side had fractured in the fall. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for observation and treatment.
In 2012, she broke two ribs in a fall. Rib fractures are common after a fall among older adults. If the severity of the fracture is such that the bones are broken through, those protusions could cause internal problems such as the bone puncturing a blood vessel or organ. While her present condition has yet to be revealed, a fracture could heal in about 6 to 8 weeks time on their own, but the pain is said to be excruciating.
The court is scheduled to hear arguments on November 26. Justice Ginsburg has never failed to hear arguments.