According to court records, plaintiff Dalila Jefferson was riding in the first car of the Chicago Blue Line train when the horrific accident happened. Jefferson claims to have suffered a broken foot and other injuries, for which she is seeking neck injury compensation and other damages from the Chicago Transit Authority, the defendant in the case.
Jefferson works as a security guard at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, and was riding the Blue Line to work when the accident happened. Various reports indicate there were 32 commuters on the train at the time of the accident, and that injuries were not severe.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated. In early reports following the March 24th incident, the head of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 said that the operator of the train that early morning had been working a string of overtime shifts and was “extremely tired,” according to a report posted on line by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) at cbc.ca (3/24/14).
That’s no solace for Jefferson, who would have had to take time off work. In addition, a back and neck injury can have lasting and chronic implications. No surprise, therefore, that back injury settlements include compensation for medical bills and ongoing support given the sensitive nature of the spine and its impact on the entire body overall.
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Jefferson’s back injury attorney filed a motion seeking access to the employment file of the operator who allegedly “dozed off” prior to the 3 am accident. Jefferson’s legal team also wants to access records of communication between the doomed train’s operator and dispatchers on duty at the time.
The back and neck injury lawsuit is Dalila Jefferson v. Chicago Transit Authority, Case No. 14L3424, in the Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division.