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Lawsuit Claims Chicago Woman was Stabbed in Face by Fellow Uber Passenger

CHICAGO (CBS NEWS)-- A Chicago woman has sued Uber and a customer of the ride-sharing company, saying she was stabbed by another passenger. 

Jennifer Camacho says she called an UberPool for a ride home on Jan. 30. She says the passenger in the front seat began slashing her in the face as soon as she got in. 

The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court contends the 25-year-old Camacho suffered several facial wounds. 

Camacho’s attorney Bryant Greening says Uber was negligent. The lawsuit alleges that Uber should have known that the passengers could become violent with one another since the riders don’t know each other beforehand, according to the Chicago Tribune

Greening seeks a judgment of more than $50,000 for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

According to Greening, Uber’s insurance carrier has refused coverage for Camacho’s medical bills, stating in its denial letter that the attack is not considered accidental, so does not trigger Uber’s basic insurance policy, CBS Chicago reports.

“Uber has a responsibility to our community,” Greening said. “It is imperative that rideshare companies ensure safe experiences for all Chicagoans. They have a duty to protect against harm and an obligation to help injured customers.”

Uber spokeswoman Kayla Whaling declined to comment on the lawsuit. 

Chicago police arrested 34-year-old Julie Ramer for the attack on Camacho and charged her with battery. It wasn’t immediately known if Ramer has an attorney. 

Uber has long been dogged by safety concerns, although much of that coverage is focused on drivers. Last year, Uber agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees. 

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