Friday, May 24, 2024

The MBTA’s Harvard Square Station has been the site of two recent platform safety incidents. (Photo: Marc Levy)

The MBTA will be sued by the woman hit by a falling utility box on a Harvard Square subway station platform, lawyer Thomas Flaws said.

Flaws, of Boston-based Altman Nussbaum Shunnarah, sad he represents the 28-year-old Harvard University doctoral student hit by May 1 by a utility box that the MBTA said “became dislodged” and slid down a column – exactly two months after a water-soaked soundproofing ceiling tile nearly fell on an MBTA red line rider on the same southbound platform.

The student suffered injuries including a detached clavicle that will require ongoing and long-term medical treatment, Flaws said in a Wednesday press release. “The injuries also impacted her rigorous academic schedule during a crucial time for students,” Flaws said.

“We are troubled by the ongoing issues at Harvard station and throughout the overall MBTA transit operation. With reasonable attention and maintenance, this incident would have been prevented. We intend to find out exactly what is causing dangerous objects to repeatedly detach or fall from the ceiling at the Harvard station. We want to ensure no rider utilizing public transportation is ever injured in this manner again,”  Flaws said.

The firm noted that on Sunday, Gov. Maura Healey called the state-run stations in a “state of disrepair” and ordered a “top to bottom” examination of safety conditions at all T stops.

The utility box reportedly had no function since 2013, Flaws said, suggesting it could have been removed before becoming a threat to riders standing underneath.

It was one of 14 boxes used in a 2011 program by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory and funded by the Department of Homeland Security, according to 7 News WHDH’s Rob Way.