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New York Prisoner Awarded $26,500 For Fall From Top Bunk

On July 23, 2002, a judge awarded a New York prisoner $24,500 for injuries
suffered when she fell from a top bunk she should not have been assigned

New York state prisoner Carmen Cirino had an injured leg when she entered
prison. Intake medical personnel examined her and concluded that she could
not climb or lift. Despite her having shown the supervisory guard the
medical examination results, she was assigned to a top bunk. She fell when
her leg gave way as she tried to climb down from the bunk. She suffered a
2-year aggravation of pre-existing degenerative arthritis in her right
knee. Treatment included X-ray exams, knee brace, exercise therapy,
medications, physical therapy, and a rehabilitation program. The court
awarded $25,000 in actual damages, past and present, and found no
comparative negligence against Cirino. Cirino's attorney was Dominic
Pellegrino of Rochester. See: Cirino v. New York, No. 90825 (NY Court of
Claims-Rochester 7-23-02).

Source: VerdictSearch New York Reporter.

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