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Magistrate Judge Eaton http://nycourts.law.com/CourtDocumentViewer.asp?view=Document&docID=46122 AN ACTION involved plaintiff’s involuntary commitment to Bellevue Hospital. The issue was whether plaintiff, who had a serious mental illness, was dangerous. Plaintiff had visited Bellevue’s medical department four times as a diabetes patient who needed some diabetes-related surgery. Plaintiff became angry when the staff either told him that he was mistaken about the date of his surgery or that Bellevue had postponed the surgery date. The staff then escorted plaintiff to the Psychiatric Emergency Room. The instant court found that the maximum sustainable award for the six days of deprivation of liberty is $150,000 and that the maximum sustainable award to plaintiff for the injection of medication is $25,000. The court noted that the injection damages should compensate plaintiff for possibly two seconds of pain and for 10 minutes of pre-injection fear after he refused to take the medication orally, and for perhaps 10 minutes of post-injection fear until the medication put him to sleep.

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