Plaintiff Bends In Path Of Subway Train And Is Awarded $11 Million

In Huang v. New York City Transit Authority, plaintiff claimed personal injuries as a result of being struck in the head by a departing train as she bent down beside the train to retrieve her bible that she had dropped on the platform. This caused her to spin around and ultimately caused her left leg to become wedged between the platform and train, resulting in her being dragged 40 feet on the subway platform. The jury found the defendant 100% responsible and awarded the plaintiff over $28 million.

The Appellate Division, First department reduced the award to $11 million but affirmed the finding of negligence against the defendant.