Woman sues TTC for $1 million over subway attack

A Toronto woman who was pushed off a subway platform and stuck on the tracks for several minutes last month sued the TTC for $1 million in damages, claiming the transit agency failed to protect her from the incident, leaving her with physical and psychological pain. .

In the statement filed Wednesday of this week, Shamsa Al-Balushi, 39, accuses the TTC of not implementing sufficient security protocols on its subway platforms.

She also claims that the TTC did not respond promptly to the incident and failed to stop a train from approaching the subway platform while she was still trapped in a liner under the platform’s edge.

“While the assailant who pushed Shamsa onto the rails was not employed by or affiliated with the TTC, the TTC is responsible for the incident,” the complaint’s eight-page statement reads.

Arriving on Friday, a TTC spokesperson said the transit agency would not comment on a legal issue that is before the courts.

Al-Balushi was standing near the edge of the north platform of Bloor-Yonge metro station around 9pm on Sunday, April 17. A video obtained by the Star shows another woman approaching her and using both hands to push her down. rails, where it lands on a rail.

A 45-year-old woman was arrested the next day at Finch subway station. She faces a charge of attempted murder.

Al-Balushi’s statement of claim notes that after the fall, she rolled over and walked away from the train tracks. She was “terrified” and screaming in pain as the train approached and didn’t stop before pulling into the station. She said she could also hear other passengers screaming.

The claim says she waited around 30 minutes before help arrived.

Lawyers representing Al-Barushi argue that this delay was unreasonable given the severity of the incident.

Darryl Singer, one of two lawyers representing Al-Balushi, said Al-Barushi expects two outcomes from this process: first, the implementation of security protocols such as security barriers at all TTC subway stations. She is also seeking monetary compensation for the pain and suffering she has endured, as well as the rehab expenses she is now facing.

“My client is filing this lawsuit primarily to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else,” Singer said.

As per the claim statement, Al-Balushi suffered broken ribs and bruises all over his body. She is dealing with neck and back pain, insomnia and emotional and psychological trauma following the incident, the claim says.

He notes that Al-Balushi had just started a new job and was on probation when the incident occurred. As such, she is not entitled to any work benefits, and the incident will keep her out of work with no income to support herself.

“My client is making a very slow physical recovery, but recovery from trauma will take much longer, possibly many years,” added Singer.

The TTC says it continues to implement various procedures to keep passengers and workers safe, including video surveillance, alarms and emergency lanes, and two-way communication systems on station platforms.


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