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$12,000 Awarded in NY Work Injury Suit

On June 28, 1999, the New York court of claims awarded Leon Bienkowski $12,000 for past general damages for injuries he suffered on a prison work detail. Bienkowski was a prisoner at the Elmira Correctional Facility in New York in 1996 when a spring loaded cylindrical plunger struck him in the mouth. The plunger was part of a photo stand he was working on as part of a prison work assignment.

Bienkowski suffered extensive dental injuries as a result of the accident, including the fracture of his upper front plate, the loss of a tooth followed by a dry socket infection where the tooth was removed. The removed tooth made it impossible for Bienkowski to use a partial plate as there was no anchor for it. The court awarded Bienkowski $12,000 in past general damages. See: Bienkowski v. State of. New York, Claim No. 96129. NY Court of Claims, Binghampton.

Source: NY Jury Verdict Reporter

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Bienkowski v. State of New York