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New York Jail Prisoner Awarded $190,000 For Guard-Inflicted Facial Injuries

In December 1997, a New York state court awarded $190,000 to a prisoner who
sustained severe facial injuries when a guard at the Nassau County Jail
pushed him into his cell.

The plaintiff prisoner, 66 at the time of the May, 1992 assault, claimed a
guard pushed him into his cell after he refused to enter because he was
hallucinating and thought snakes were in it. As a result, the prisoner
suffered facial scarring, a loss of teeth, and many less severe injuries.
He contended in his lawsuit that the guards intentionally and maliciously
assaulted him and negligently violated his civil rights.

The defendant guards claimed the prisoner assaulted them first and lodged
complaints against him. They further claimed that dental decay caused the
loss of teeth. The judge found the prisoner to be 25% comparatively
negligent and reduced the award accordingly, to $142,500. See: Lamneck v.
County of Nassau, Unknown state court, Case No. 93-002551, 1997 WL 1055013.

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Lamneck v. County of Nassau