Woman pushed onto tracks at Bloor-Yonge station sues TTC for $1 million

A Toronto woman who was pushed onto the tracks of a busy subway station last month is suing the TTC, arguing not enough was done to prevent her from being shoved off the platform and first responders were unnecessarily delayed in rescuing her.

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Kidan6
Kidan6
664 · 7 days ago · Reddit

'Al-Balushi was under the platform for approximately 30 minutes before first responders were able to retrieve her and take her to hospital.
Her lawyers argue this amount of time was unreasonable “given the severity of the incident.”'

That's actually a solid argument, IMO

phargoh
phargoh
334 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I’m surprised that you don’t hear stuff like this more often.

Faiithe
Faiithe
176 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I hope she wins. More of this is needed for TTC to do something about installing barriers or literally anything to prevent people from falling off and get splattered all over the tracks.

The_Last_Ron1n
The_Last_Ron1n
133 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Safety issues have been more and more of a concern on the TTC for years. Their answer is to reduce staff on trains and in stations.
Whether or not she can win this it should bring even more attention to the lack of due diligence from the TTC.

jayinscarb
jayinscarb
83 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I bet every lawyer in the city was drooling over representing her to sue the TTC

DataOver8496
DataOver8496
30 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Everyone doing their best My Cousin Vinny in here. Peace.

Blue_Jays
Blue_Jays
18 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Sounds like opportunistic ~~ambulance chasers~~ lawyers that are overpromising her what they can deliver. Hopefully for her sake they are doing this on a contingency basis so she's not on the hook for their legal fees when the case gets thrown out.

Ontario0000
Ontario0000
17 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Why would the TTC be liable?.She probably settle for much less when the TTC calculates the cost to defend themselves.Her argument was the subway didn't stop fast enough and it took EMS 30 minutes to extract her.

CollectionFront5438
CollectionFront5438
12 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Everyone on here blaming the TTC and not the crazy person that pushed her. Apparently she is a "victim" too that needs to be protected. This is ridiculous.

The solution is simple. Put a couple of guards at every entrance. Whenever they see a remotely sketchy person they will tell that person to go away. That should reduce dangerous incidents.

Look at that picture! she's obviously not safe to be around. Probably on drugs or something. Why would you let her be around normal people.

majorkev
majorkev
11 · 7 days ago · Reddit

“While the assailant who pushed Shamsa onto the tracks was not employed by or affiliated with the TTC, the TTC is liable for the incident,” her lawyers argue in the statement of claim.

What exactly is she claiming was the TTCs duty of care here?

She's angry she had to wait 30min for them to move the train?

I'm no JD but I hope for a speedy dismissal.

lukaskywalker
lukaskywalker
10 · 7 days ago · Reddit

What’s to stop people from pushing each other on the tracks and split the lawsuit money ?

hotsoupjeesh
hotsoupjeesh
8 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Commenters keep fixating on the 30 minute part of the article but that’s not the main point of suing.

“Shamsa Al-Balushi is arguing the TTC did not implement sufficient safety protocols on the subway platform.”

It’s not about the money but it’s that TTC is like 20 years behind compared to other major cities’ metro systems in the world. Therefore they should be held liable to some degree . It’s become an industry standard in major cities to have these barrier systems. There’s also cheaper options instead of the floor to ceiling glass barriers. In Japan, they have these chest height plastic barriers as well on less busy stations that would probably not cost as much. TTC can afford to spend 500 million for more streetcars from bombardier. They can afford these barriers for the busy stations first.

free_the_pigeons
free_the_pigeons
6 · 7 days ago · Reddit

As recently as 2018, the cost to install such barriers throughout Toronto’s subway network was pegged at more than $1 billion.

Holy shit what a scam this country is.. 1+ billion to drill some holes and install some metal barriers.. Really?

picklesaredry
picklesaredry
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

I'd be surprised if she gets close to that to be honest

count_dudeula
count_dudeula
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

Could she have ruined her argument by taking the subway the very next day?

GrumpyCatDoge99
GrumpyCatDoge99
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

i hope these lawsuits keep happening until something is done with our busiest exposed subway stations.

EuphoriaWild
EuphoriaWild
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

If she wins, she’ll be able to afford a condo in Toronto.

twingeofregret
twingeofregret
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I doubt she has much of a case, but I’m sympathetic. Having nearly died for no reason but standing somewhere would seriously fuck anyone up. I hope she finds solace somehow.

Dense_Title9394
Dense_Title9394
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

To the people arguing this lawsuit is a good idea, have fun when your commutes are now slower and more expensive because someone doesn’t have good situational awareness

mikedarling905
mikedarling905
5 · 7 days ago · Reddit

but the ttc didn't push her, this person who was charged did. i don't think its fair to sue the ttc, it wasn't their fault. they have clearly marked lines. i am sorry she got pushed and was severely inquired. but if i was there i would have tried to help her out.and i hope our criminal system puts him in jail for attempted murder