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New York Prisoner Awarded $70,423 for Fractured Femur in Football Fall

In August 1997, a court of claims in Albany, New York, awarded $70,423 to a
state prisoner who fractured his right femur on the prison's recreation
yard. The injury occurred in September 1992 when the prisoner tripped over
a rock while playing football. Surgeon's performed an internal fixation of
the femur which resulted in a shortening of the leg and a residual limp.

The prisoner claimed the State was negligent for failing to safely maintain
the area and for not correcting the problem when it was first reported. The
award included $70,000 for pain and suffering and $423 for past medical
expenses. See: Chapman v. State of New York, Albany Court of Claims, Case
No. 89368, 1997 WL 543707.

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Related legal case

Chapman v. State of New York