A girl who was injured at Harvard station earlier this month when an out-of-service utility field fell on her plans to file a lawsuit towards the MBTA, her legal professionals introduced Wednesday morning.
Video footage from the May 1 security failure reveals the field, which T officers mentioned had served no function since 2013, fall from a column as different commuters stood close by. The influence, attorneys for the lady mentioned, led to a indifferent clavicle from her shoulder that “will require ongoing and long term medical treatment.”
“The injuries also impacted her rigorous academic schedule during a crucial time for students,” an announcement mentioned. “… The aging Red Line platform where the incident occurred has additional reported structural deficiencies including a leaking ceiling that resulted in a panel falling on a woman in March.”
Lawyers mentioned the lady is a 28-year-old PhD pupil at Harvard University.
MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo mentioned the company’s high precedence is “delivering protected and dependable service.
“The MBTA deeply regrets that this incident occurred, and know that we continue to work every day to ensure safety for all,” Pesaturo mentioned in an announcement to the Herald.
Attorney Thomas Flaws of Altman Nussbaum Shunnarah Trial Attorneys mentioned he’s “troubled” by ongoing points at Harvard station and all through the MBTA.
“With reasonable attention and maintenance, this incident would have been prevented. We intend to find out exactly what is causing dangerous objects to repeatedly detach or fall from the ceiling at the Harvard station,” Flaws mentioned in an announcement. “We want to ensure no rider utilizing public transportation is ever injured in this manner again.”
A replica of the lawsuit was not instantly out there, although the lady deliberate to talk with the media Wednesday morning.
MBTA General Manager Phillip Eng visited the station the day the utility field fell and directed company officers to examine each station “for the presence of these boxes and the condition of the support straps to ensure that they do not pose a hazard.”
The Herald beforehand reported that inspections accomplished final week decided the containers have been solely discovered on the Red Line. Pesaturo mentioned the incident was an “isolated case.”
Gov. Maura Healey mentioned final week that each one MBTA stations have been going to be inspected as quickly as potential and her workplace would “exhaust all efforts to make sure that we have a system that is safe and that is reliable.”
“Obviously, I want to see this fixed as quickly as possible,” Healey informed reporters on the State House. “It took the state a while to get into this and the T many years to get to the state, which is unacceptable. And we’re working as quickly as we can with a new GM, a new transportation safety chief, a new board that I’ve put in place.”
The utility field fell simply two months after a 25-pound ceiling tile fell and practically struck a commuter at Harvard station.