As a Massachusetts catastrophic injury attorney, I see the real-life consequences of a lot of terrible accidents that were caused by someone else’s negligence. I see these consequences in the eyes and the lives of my clients, who have to bear these consequences, sometimes for the rest of their lives. Often these catastrophic accidents involve the death of the victim, and that is always a tragedy.
But each case is unique, and sometimes the tragedy is even more pronounced. That appears to be the case in the death of Robinson Lalin, a 39 year-old father of five children. Mr. Lalin was killed this past Sunday early morning when, according to all reports as of today, his arm became trapped in a Red Line subway car as it exited the Broadway T Station. According to reports, Mr. Lalin was dragged to the end of the platform to his death, his arm being severed before his torso was crushed by the train’s exterior walls. The damage to his body was so severe that his funeral services will reportedly not allow for an open casket.
Mr. Lain’s family is demanding answers from the T as to how this horrific event could have happened. And so far, they aren’t getting much. The T has reportedly only issued comments that both the operator of the train involved, and the train car itself, have been “removed from service.” Other than that, the T has been tight-lipped. The federal National Transportation Safety Board has now become involved.