The Court of Appeals, reversing the Appellate Division, over a dissenting memorandum, determined there was sufficient evidence to support the verdict that the New York Transit Authority was negligent and the negligence was the proximate cause of plaintiff’s injuries. The matter was remitted to the Appellate Division. Only the dissent discussed the facts. Plaintiff, who had just left a methadone clinic and had no memory of the accident, alleged he was struck by a subway train after he had fallen off a subway platform:
FROM THE DISSENT: Plaintiff — while “high on Xanax and Klonopin” — left a methadone clinic, fell off a subway platform, and was struck by a train. The jury returned a verdict apportioning fault 60% to plaintiff and 40% to defendant New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), and awarding plaintiff a total of approximately $2 million in damages. Supreme Court set aside the verdict and dismissed the complaint. The Appellate Division affirmed. I agree with both lower courts, and therefore I dissent.
Plaintiff entered the subway station around 11:15 a.m. and was discovered injured on the tracks at 11:58 a.m. During those forty-three minutes, at least two trains passed through the station. Neither train operator saw plaintiff, although the operator of the second train reported observing white sneakers on the train tracks. Plaintiff had no memory of the incident, but contended at trial that the second train caused his injuries, and that the driver of that train had acted negligently. Obey v City of New York, 2017 NY Slip Op 02590, CtApp 4-4-17
NEGLIGENCE (THERE WAS LEGALLY SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE VERDICT FINDING THAT THE NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY WAS NEGLIGENT AND THE NEGLIGENCE WAS THE PROXIMATE CAUSE OF PLAINTIFF’S INJURIES, PLAINTIFF HAD FALLEN OFF A SUBWAY PLATFORM AND ALLEGED HE WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN)/EVIDENCE (NEGLIGENCE, (THERE WAS LEGALLY SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE VERDICT FINDING THAT THE NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY WAS NEGLIGENT AND THE NEGLIGENCE WAS THE PROXIMATE CAUSE OF PLAINTIFF’S INJURIES, PLAINTIFF HAD FALLEN OFF A SUBWAY PLATFORM AND ALLEGED HE WAS STRUCK BY A TRAIN)