A man plans to file a lawsuit against the MTA for injuries caused by the LIRR derailment that happened at Atlantic Terminal.
Clifford Jones, 48, is seeking $5 million in damages for injuries he sustained during the January 4th crash, according to the notice of claim filed by his attorney Sanford Rubenstein of Rubenstein & Rynecki. According to the notice, Jones suffered injuries to his right knee, right shoulder, back and neck. Jones is asking for $5 million to cover injuries, physical and emotional trauma, medical expenses and future loss of income, among other things.
This is the first notice of claim filed against LIRR and the MTA in connection with the incident that left over 100 people with minor injuries. The most serious injury was a broken leg, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The National Transportation Safety Board is currently still conducting its investigation into the Wednesday morning crash, but new findings show the commuter train was going 10 miles per hour when it crashed — double the speed limit inside the station.
The train engineer said he was “unable to recall” what happened at the time of the crash, though does remember pulling into the station and controlling the speed of the train.