CTA sued by woman who claims she fell while trying to sit on bus

By Whitney Brakken | Jan 30, 2014

A woman is suing Chicago's transit authority after falling on a bus.

Rosa Escamilla filed a lawsuit Jan. 14 in the Cook County Circuit Court against the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), citing negligence.

According to the complaint, Escamilla sustained injuries on Nov. 28, 2007, when she was a passenger aboard a CTA bus traveling southbound on Racine Avenue, south of the Taylor Street intersection.

Escamilla claims she attempting to sit down when the bus abruptly pulled away from its stop, causing her to fall. She accuses the CTA of negligently operating the vehicle, proceeding at a speed that was greater than reasonable, driving the vehicle in an unsafe condition, and failing to warn and equip the bus with handrails.

She is seeking more than $50,000 in damages and is being represented in the case by attorney Timothy Rhatigan of Rhatigan Law Offices LLC.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L000390.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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