Every day, thousands of New York residents use the subway system to get to and from work. Of course, this means that transportation facilities and infrastructure must undergo regular maintenance in order for everything to remain safe. Repair efforts should also include subway stations, which every rider must pass through.

In 2008, a woman in her 60s was leaving her place of work in Brooklyn to meet her husband. As the woman was stepping onto a platform at a Williamsburg subway station, she tripped and fell down a flight of stairs. In the process, she suffered hip and head injuries

The woman failed to see a gouge in the platform leading to the stairs, which caused her to trip. This is something that should have been addressed by maintenance officials from the Metropolitan Transit Authority. As a result of the trip-and-fall accident caused by negligent maintenance, the woman’s family filed a claim against the transit agency.

Years after the accident, the woman is still feeling the effects of her injuries. In fact, her health has declined precipitously since the incident. Immediately after falling, the woman experienced bleeding in her brain, which eventually caused seizures. Additional neurological issues have left the woman unable to communicate and made mobility very difficult.

Before the accident, the woman was still working the same manual-labor job that she had for almost two decades. She enjoyed being active, but her injuries have put an end to that.

After working through courts for several years, the woman’s personal injury claim finally received a verdict. A jury found in her favor, and the woman is expected to receive a $16 million financial reward. What likely began as an average daily commute proved to be life altering. The hope is that this outcome will help provide the woman and her loved ones with much-needed support.

Source: New York Daily News, “Bronx grandmother wins $16 million in lawsuit against MTA for subway slip,” Dareh Gregorian, Feb. 4, 2014

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