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Friday, September 17, 2010

Disabled Women Awarded $4.2 Million Against Public Bus Company

A disabled woman, Barbara Algeier, sued a company running public buses for disabled individuals after being injured when the lift was lowered too far, causing her wheel chair to drop.  She broke her leg in 9 places.  The bus driver called company officials, but never called an ambulance.  The disabled woman laid on the ground, screaming for 45 minutes in 25 degree weather until the company officials completed their investigation and then called an ambulance.

Ms. Algeier, 69, suffered from multiple sclerosis.  Despite her disabilities, she was able to live fairly independently prior to the accident.  After the accident she was no longer able to care for herself.  Ms. Algeier alleged in her suit the company was negligent in the hiring of drivers.  The bus driver in her accident was a recovering alcoholic.  Under company policy, he should not have been hired.    A jury awarded her $4.2 million, $4.1 million for pain and suffering and about $75,000 for medical ex


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