Passenger blames Florida transportation department for train injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 11, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A passenger is suing the Florida transportation department, alleging negligence caused him to fall on a train.

Kenneth S. Phillips of Miami-Dade County filed a complaint March 26 in Broward Circuit Court against the Florida Department of Transportation, alleging failure to provide a safe environment. 

According to the complaint, on Nov. 15, 2016, Phillips was a passenger on one of defendant's double-decker Tri-Rail trains. Phillips says as he attempted to walk from the upper deck to the main deck to exit the train, he slipped and fell on the stairs. The suit says Phillips suffered permanent injuries, disability, mental anguish, loss of earnings and aggravation of a previous existing condition. 

The plaintiff alleges the Florida Department of Transportation failed to keep and maintain the train's premises, failed to warn him of the dangerous condition and failed to correct or repair the issue.

Phillips seeks trial by jury, compensatory damages of more than $15,000, interest, additional relief, court costs and disbursements. He is represented by attorney John D. Mooney III of Fort Lauderdale.

Broward Circuit Court case number CACE-18-7107

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