Traybman v. MBTA and Blake

Marc Lawrence Breakstone

Practice Area:Personal Injury

Outcome:Verdict of $3,987,011.00, with interest $5.4 mil.

Description:Plaintiff was a 58 year old woman who was struck by an MBTA bus while crossing Washington Street in Boston in a crosswalk. At the time of the incident, she had the crossing signal and was abour 28 feet accross Washington Street. The bus, coming from behind and to her right, had a green light and was turning left onto Washington Street. As a result of the left front tire running over her right leg, the leg had to be amputated 1.5 hours later just below the hip. Defendants MBTA and Blake, the driver, claimed that plaintiff was more than 50% at fault for the incident. As a result, at the time the jury returned their verdict, there was no offer of settlement on the case. The jury found the driver and the T 100% at fault and awarded $3,987,011.00. With interest, the judgment as of the date of the verdict is greater than $5.4 million. Believed to be one of the largest jury verdicts in Massachusetts for a plaintiff who suffered a leg amputation, the verdict received extensive media coverage. The television and radio interviews and other news reports can be seen and heard at the following links. http://www.thebostonchannel.com/video/18182019/index.html http://podcast.itm-1014.com/wbz/1459232.MP3 http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/12/02/jury_awards_woman_hit_by_t_bus_39m/