A woman is suing the city of Austin for $1 million after she says an airport employee carelessly struck her on the back of the legs with a water cart, causing them to bleed, a lawsuit filed in Travis County district court says.
The plaintiff, Bertha Yvonne Nix, says in the lawsuit that she was on the way to her gate at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on July 22, 2017, to catch a flight to Arizona when the incident happened.
The lawsuit describes how “suddenly and without warning” her legs were “hit from behind with a large Fiji Water laden cart.”
“The impact was so powerful that it immediately caused (the) plaintiff’s legs to bleed,” the lawsuit says. Nix said she sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident, though the lawsuit did not elaborate on her condition.
The lawsuit names the city and its Aviation Department as defendants.
“The City of Austin is aware of the lawsuit and we are prepared to defend against the allegations raised in this litigation,” the city said in a statement Wednesday.
Nix is claiming that the city’s Aviation Department, which oversees airport operations, was negligent because it failed to properly train its employees and protect airport passengers.
“The employee of ABIA failed to control the cart he was pushing, so that it would not collide with invitees on the premises and cause injury,” the lawsuit says. “Defendants had a duty to ensure that their employees were adequately trained in the safety requirements for maneuvering carts through ABIA.”