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New York Prisoner Wins $7,200 in Negligence Suit

New York Prisoner Wins $7,200 In Negligence Suit

On January 31, 2000, the Court of Claims in Binghamton, New York awarded $7,200 in damages to Kenneth Edmonds, who was injured in an accident while he was working on a prison work crew.

On July 8, 1994 Edmonds was a prisoner at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in New York State. While on a prison work assignment, he was replacing a stop sign with another prisoner who was using a sledgehammer to secure the sign. The sign snapped from its pole and struck Edmonds on the wrist, injuring his right ulnar nerve. This negligence action ensued.

Since Edmonds resumed all usual activities soon after the accident, and because there were insufficient medical records, the court found that Edmonds suffered no permanent injury. At the same liability trial, however, the court found the state 60% liable in negligence for the accident, which caused Edmonds' injury.

At a damages trial on January 31, 2000 Judge Jerome F. Hanifin found that Edmonds' damages amounted to $12,000. After reducing the award by 40% for Edmonds' comparative negligence, Judge Hanifin ordered New York State to pay Edmonds $7,200 in damages for his injury. See: Kenneth Edmonds v. State Of New York, Binghamton Court Of Claims Case No. 96957.

Source: The New York Jury Reporter

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Edmonds v. State of New York