A jury in New York awarded $27.5 million last month to a woman who lost her left leg after a New York City Transit bus ran over her. The incident occurred as the bus was turning a corner two blocks from her apartment in 2005. The jury found both New York City Transit and the bus driver guilty of negligence and found them to be 100% responsible for the woman’s injury.
The wheel, with its 40,000 pounds of weight, crushed a portion of the woman’s lower left leg, from just above the ankle to below the knee, although the foot was not damaged. After trying to save the leg, the doctors had to amputate it. Two weeks later, the doctors had to perform another operation because of infection and amputated the remaining part of the woman’s leg up to the groin. The woman has been unable to work since that time.
In recent months, New York juries have awarded three other Plaintiffs in personal injury cases against New York City Transit a total of about $11 million. The agency is appealing all of those verdicts.
Source: The New York Times
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