Client: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and Bucks County Railroad and Restoration Corp.
Court: Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
Trial Attorney: Christopher J. Hoare, Esq. and Christina M. Dewland, Esq.
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Plaintiff was a 46 year old passenger who injured her left ankle, lower back, and knees while exiting the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad’s Halloween excursion train which was discharging its passengers at the station platform in New Hope, PA in 2017. Plaintiff claimed she sustained severe internal derangement of her left ankle, lumbar pain, and knee pain. She underwent an open reduction and internal fixation surgery with hardware at Penn Medicine. Plaintiff was seeking past and future medical care, economic loss, and pain and suffering.
Plaintiff claimed that the design and construction of the client’s train and station platform construction were unsafe and that there was no handicap ramp over the gap in the platform. She also claimed that the defendant did not warn her that she was nearing the end of the train car. The defense presented evidence that the client’s train, platform, and passenger operations complied with all ADA and railroad safety regulations including handicap ramps. The defense also argued that Plaintiff failed to observe and step over the open and obvious gap between the platform and the train.
A jury of 8 jurors deliberated for 45 minutes before reaching a unanimous verdict that our client, New Hope & Ivyland Railroad and Bucks County Railroad and Restoration Corp., were not negligent.