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Female amputee struck by train sues New York's Transit Authority

A young Brazilian woman has filed a lawsuit against New York's Metro Transit Authority (MTA) for undisclosed damages. The architecture student, now 21, alleges that the regulator's failure to install barriers along its subway platforms has led to countless individuals either dying or suffering significant injuries that have greatly derailed their career plans.

The plaintiff in this case had just finished visiting a Brooklyn Target store with her boyfriend at around 7:00 p.m. in August of 2016 when they decided to head home. As they awaited for their train to arrive along the platform at the Atlantic Avenue station, the plaintiff reportedly fainted.

It's then that the B train, which was headed in the northbound direction at the time, pulled into Atlantic Avenue's station. As the conductor came into the station, the woman's left limbs were severed.

The woman chronicles in her lawsuit how she spent the next 24 days after that at Bellevue Hospital. It's there that she had both her arm and leg amputated and recovered from other injuries as well.

In her lawsuit, the woman argues that MTA is responsible for her injuries. She notes that, during the last 15 years alone, more than 750 people have lost their lives and at least 1,000 have been seriously injured on these same tracks. She argues that this incident would never have occurred had the MTA invested the $1 billion it would take to install barriers along the city's tracks.

She highlights how railways like the Airtrain, a connector train that runs between the John F. Kennedy Airport and the Jamaica, Queens, station already has such a barrier in place. She notes that no one has been injured or killed because it exists. The implementation of similar safety measures in Shanghai, Paris, Japan and Dubai have also halted all injuries and deaths.

If you have suffered a serious injury as a result of falling on the tracks at a train station, then a Queens, New York, premises liability attorney may be able to help you recover medical expenses and other damages in your case.

Source: New York Post, "Amputee injured by subway says MTA ‘turned its back on safety’," Kathlanne Bontello, Aug. 05, 2017

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