On the evening of December 18, 2009, a then-20 year old man walked up the stairs to a subway station in Brooklyn, N.Y. While waiting, he was caused to trip and fall due to a hole in the platform, and landed on the tracks. He was knocked unconscious and remained there until the next train arrived, running him over.
The young man underwent amputation of both legs below the knees, as well as a serious hand injury, which may require future finger amputation. He spent nearly 4 months in the hospital, where he developed a MRSA infection. After healing, he went on to rehabilitation, and was fitted for prosthetic legs. He filed suit against the New York City Transit Authority, as well as the Metropolitan Authority, for failing to repair the subway platform. A settlement was reached in the amount of $9,000,000.00. Attorney Marc C. Saperstein oversaw the case and represented the man.