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New York Prisoner Awarded $4,000 For Assault

On May 23, 2005, a New York court of claims awarded $4,000 to a state prisoner who suffered a head injury when another prisoner attacked him.

While imprisoned by the State Department of Correctional Services in Elmira, New York, William Crenshaw was attacked by another prisoner. During the June 8, 1998, altercation, the assailant struck Crenshaw in the back of the head with a broom. Crenshaw sustained a laceration that required 4 stitches. An MRI and a CT scan produced normal results.

Crenshaw sued the State of New York alleging it failed to provide adequate security at the prison. He claimed he suffers from residual headaches and a residual scar under his hairline. A prison nurse estimated the scar was 1.25 inches long. Crenshaw sought damages for past disfigurement and past and future pain and suffering.

Judge Ferris D. Lebous ruled in Crenshaws favor and awarded him $4,000 in damages plus prejudgment interest dating to the May 10, 2004, liability verdict. The award included $1,500 for past pain and suffering, $1,500 for future pain and suffering, and $1,000 for past disfigurement. At the earlier liability trial, the State was found 100% liable for Crenshaws injuries.

Crenshaw was represented by Manhattan attorney Andrew F. Plasse. See: Crenshaw v. State Of New York, Binghamton Court Of Claims, Case No. 98862.

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Crenshaw v. State Of New York