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New York Prisoner Awarded $350,000 For Work-Related Fractures

In February 1998, a New York court of claims awarded $350,000 to a prisoner
who suffered heel and elbow fractures when he fell from the roof of a state
prison. The award was reduced to $140,000, however, after the judge
determined the prisoner was 60% responsible for the November 1994 accident.

The prisoner had argued at trial that prison officials were negligent for
directing him to repair a leak in the prison roof. He denied any
comparative negligence on his behalf. The award included $50,000 for pain
and suffering and $300,000 in other damages. See: Cavaretta v. State of New
York, New York Court of Claims, Case No. 92365.

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Related legal case

Cavaretta v. State of New York