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New York Prisoner’s Saw Mill Injuries Net $736,000

New York Prisoner's Saw Mill Injuries Net $736,000

A New York prisoner was awarded $736,000 for injuries incurred in a prison sawmill accident.

Mr. Lowe was a 33-year-old New York prisoner when his left, non-dominant, forearm and hand were amputated in a prison sawmill accident.

Lowe sued in state court. His "economist testified that had the claimant not suffered this injury, he could have become an electrician or a healthcare aide and was entitled to a substantial amount for estimated future lost earnings." Prison officials identified 35 different jobs Lowe could still perform, and argued that his criminal record was more of a barrier to employment than his disability. In march, 1992, Lowe was awarded compensatory damages of $700,000 and $36,000 for loss of spousal support. See: Lowe v. New York, NY Ct. Claims, Case No. 72742 (1992 WL 12043602).

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Lowe v. New York