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$7,500 Award in NY Window Injury

On November 8, 1999, the New York court of claims awarded $15,000 in damages to a New York state prisoner who cut his arm while opening a malfunctioning window. In 1990, Neil Henry, a prisoner at the Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York, cut his arm while opening a louvered window, Henry lost 25% of his blood volume and suffered artery and nerve damage as a result of the injury. Henry was later deported from the United States.

The court of claims awarded Henry $5,000 for past pain and suffering, $5,000 for a permanent scar and $5,000 for past limitations on the use of 2 fingers. The damage award totaled $15,000 but the court reduced the award to $7,500, finding Henry's negligence contributed to his injury. Henry did not seek damages for lost earnings or incapacity. See: Henry v. State of New York, Claim No. 81358. Court of Claims, NY, White Plains.

Source; NY Jury Verdict Reporter

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