A man whose leg was crushed on a Beijing subway during morning rush hour has filed a a lawsuit against the subway company seeking compensation of more than 54,000 RMB.
The man, surnamed Shao, boarded the subway Line 1 with a colleague at around 7:40 a.m. on October 31. Since it was rush hour, the platform was crowded and chaotic, and passengers were already cramming into carriages before the train doors were fully opened. As Shao was being shoved into a carriage, he felt a sharp pain in his right leg, which appeared to have broken.
Shao was carried off the train and lifted onto the platform at Gucheng station, the stop next to the terminal station in the west end of Beijing. The station staff and police on-duty called for an ambulance immediately.
Shao was diagnosed as having a broken leg and ruptured ligament. Due to the severeness of his injury, he underwent surgery and required a steel plate along with eight metal screws to be inserted in his leg.
Not only did the injury cause him a lot of pain and inconvenience, it has also cost him his job. Shao explained that his job requires him to stand for long periods of time, and he had no choice but to quit.
Zhao is now suing the Beijing Subway Company and asking for 54,000 RMB in compensation to cover medical expenses, nursing fees and financial losses. The case has been accepted by the Shijingshan district court and is underway.
By Crystal Lau
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