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.
'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
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.
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.
I bet every lawyer in the city was drooling over representing her to sue the TTC
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.
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.
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.
“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.
What’s to stop people from pushing each other on the tracks and split the lawsuit money ?
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.
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?
Could she have ruined her argument by taking the subway the very next day?
i hope these lawsuits keep happening until something is done with our busiest exposed subway stations.
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.
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
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