Man injured by subway train's doors sues SEPTA for negligence

By Nicholas Malfitano | Jun 7, 2017

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA)  

PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia man says the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) is liable for injuries he suffered when a set of subway train doors closed on him last year.

Kenneth Myers filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on May 31 versus SEPTA, also based in Philadelphia.

“On or about July 3, 2016, at approximately 6:32 a.m., plaintiff, Kenneth Myers, attempted to board the subway at the City Hall Station when suddenly and without warning, the subway doors closed on Mr. Myers,” the suit says. Myers believes SEPTA was not in proper control of the subway train and its doors, failed to keep a proper lookout, exercise due care or properly inspect, maintain or repair the subway train which injured him.

Myers suffered a number of injuries in the accident, including right ankle pain with swelling and contusion, right ankle strain and sprain with a boot and physical therapy, chest wall/sternum pain with contusion, back pain and contusion, L4-L5 disc protrusion, lumbar and thoracic spine sprain and strain, and other orthopedic, neurological and psychological injuries.

Further, Myers says he expended large sums of money for medical attention, medical supplies, surgical appliances, medicines and attendant services, in addition to a potential responsibility to repay medical liens in connection with his treatment.

The plaintiff is seeking judgment in an amount in excess of all arbitrational limits in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by Samuel F. Kafrissen in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170504245

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