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$10,000 Awarded In New York Prisoner Work Injury Suit

In 2000 the New York Court of Claims awarded $10,000 in damages to a
prisoner who cut his finger off while using a band saw at Woodbourne
Correctional Facility in New York on February 7, 1996. He worked in the
prison butcher shop and he was instructed to work with the band saw, which
he was not trained to use. He cut off the tip of his left middle finger
while using the saw. He filed suit in the Court of Claims and they ruled
in favor on 3/24/00. The court found, that he was not trained to use the
saw but that he continued to use it despite the dangers and without taking
any precautions. $10,000 was awarded and reduced to $7,500 for comparative
negligence, Johnson also failed to show any future pain and suffering in
his claim. See: Johnson v. State of New York, Claim No.93942, Court of
Claims, New York.

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Johnson v. State of New York