Poonam Chawla of Cohoes filed a lawsuit June 22 in state Supreme Court in Warren County, seeking monetary damages for the Aug. 30, 2019, accident, in which she was dragged under a Greater Glens Falls Transit System trolley while attempting to cross Canada Street at the intersection of Beach Road.
Glens Falls, Greater Glens Falls Transit System and Elizabeth Rose, the trolley’s operator at the time, are defendants in the case.
The defendants, represented by Murphy Burns LLP, an Albany law firm, have denied any wrongdoing and sought to dismiss the case, while blaming Chawla for the accident, according to court documents filed on Aug. 18.
The case remains pending.
The lawsuit was filed seven months after Chawla filed a notice of claim, seeking compensation for “severe and permanent personal injuries,” as well as expenses and other damages she claims to have suffered.
The claim went unanswered, which triggered the lawsuit.
Chawla suffered multiple injuries, according to the Oct. 22, 2019, claim. They include two collapsed lungs; multiple rib and hip fractures; liver damage; kidney failure; and facial lacerations.