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$12,000 Awarded in NY Slip and Fall

On July 15, 1999, the New York court of claims awarded pro se New York state prisoner Hamilton Thompson 112,000 for past pain and suffering. In 1996, while imprisoned at the Oneida Correctional Facility, Thompson slipped and fell in a puddle of water in his cell.

Prior to falling in the water Thompson had noticed the cell roof was leaking when it rained and prison officials were aware of the leak but did not fix it. The court held that Thompson had established a prima facie case of negligence by prison officials, which was not rebutted at trial.

Thompson suffered a broken nose in the fall as well as minor facial cuts. The court awarded 112,000 in damages. See: Thompson v. State of New York, Claim Number 94295, Court of Claims, Saratoga Springs.

Source: New York Jury Verdict Reporter

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Thompson v. State of New York