PHILADELPHIA – A Philadelphia plaintiff is claiming the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and one of its train engineers acted with complete disregard when they allowed a stopped train to suddenly proceed forward before all passengers had exited the train, causing injuries to the him.
Everett Goodwin of Philadelphia filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas on Sept. 11 versus SEPTA, also of Philadelphia.
The suit states on Dec. 23, 2015, Goodwin was a paying passenger aboard the SEPTA R5 Regional Rail Train No. 531, which was arriving at the outbound platform of the train station in Paoli. It was necessary for the plaintiff to walk towards the back of the first car of the train before exiting through the vestibule and doors, leading to several steps down to the platform below.
As Goodwin was stepping down from the train car, the train began to move and depart the Paoli train station suddenly and without warning, causing Goodwin to fall to the ground.
Goodwin claims SEPTA and its employees were negligent in putting the train in motion before all of the passengers, including himself, had exited the train car, operating with careless disregard for the train passengers and failing to give proper and sufficient notice of the imminent departure from a stop, permitting an improperly-trained engineer to operate the train, along with several other charges.
According to the lawsuit, Goodwin claimed to have sustained serious and permanent injuries to his head, neck and back due to his fall at the Paoli train station.
For one count of negligence, the plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000, plus delay damages, costs and other damages permitted by the Court.
The plaintiff is represented by Greg Prosmushkin and Todd M. Richman in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170900793
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