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Woman Wins $72.5 Million After Being Paralyzed by MTA Bus in Manhattan


A string of incidents involving MTA buses have raised numerous concerns among New Yorkers, but there are some fleeting signs of justice. Those who have been injured in Manhattan bus accidents may feel encouraged to hear about a woman who recently won a multi-million-dollar award for her injuries. These injuries were caused by an incident involving an MTA bus, and this lawsuit shows that there may be hope for victims of similar accidents in New York.

Cancer Patient Was “Dragged” by MTA Bus Before Being Paralyzed 

On  March 3rd of 2024, it was reported that a plaintiff had won a $72.5 million award after successfully suing the MTA. In 2017, this individual was struck by an MTA bus on Manhattan’s Lower East Side while attempting to cross a crosswalk. She was subsequently caught underneath the bus and dragged for about 20 feet before the bus driver finally engaged the brakes.

The plaintiff suffered multiple injuries as a result of this incident, including severe pelvic fractures and a paralyzed left leg. To make the situation even more tragic, this woman had apparently received a cancer diagnosis just moments before crossing the road. After being released from hospital, the woman decided to move away from New York – despite living there her entire life. She now lives in Florida, where she is still receiving treatment for her cancer while simultaneously recovering from the accident.

When the trial ended, the jury apparently deliberated for less than three hours before returning with their verdict – awarding the victim a sum that is apparently among the highest payouts the MTA has ever seen. While the MTA reportedly intends to appeal the decision, it is obvious that jurors are very sympathetic toward this woman. Unfortunately, this type of incident is becoming quite common – and many people can relate to her experiences.

One can only hope that this lawsuit provides a valuable lesson to the MTA, perhaps encouraging them to improve their safety policies in the future. There are many areas in which they could potentially improve, including hiring practices. The bus driver who caused this particular accident pleaded guilty to failing to yield.

Key Takeaways 

  • It is possible to sue government agencies like the MTA for bus accidents in New York
  • Trials are less predictable than settlements, but they may provide higher awards
  • You can work with a bus accident lawyer in Manhattan to pursue compensation

Find a Qualified, Experienced Bus Accident Lawyer in Manhattan 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced New York bus accident lawyer, look no further than Cohan Law, PLLC. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs in New York – including those harmed in preventable bus accidents. We are well aware of how dangerous buses have become in Manhattan – and we can help you hold negligent parties accountable for your injuries. Reach out today to get started with an effective action plan – and pursue the compensation you deserve.



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