The NYC subway is a fixture in the city. Millions of people are on the subway every day traveling or commuting back and forth to work. You have the right to enter the subway and have a safe ride to your destination. Nobody enters the subway thinking that he or she are going to sustain an injury, so what do you do when that happens? It can be overwhelming to have an accident, but it’s even worse when you’re on government property. Whom do you contact to discuss compensation for your injuries? Thankfully, Gary Falkowitz can help you through every step of your process. He is an expert in NYC subway injury cases, and he can build you a case to get a fair settlement.
Every year there are thousands of people that are injured in various stations across the city. Many of these are residents, but there is a larger number of tourists as well. Some injuries are mild, while the worst can result in death. The severity of your injury doesn’t matter, because you should always seek out representation. Especially if you are a tourist because you need someone in the city that can handle your case. Most injuries sustained in the subway are severe, and it will take time and money to recover. By hiring an experienced attorney, you can focus on your rehabilitation while they win your settlement.
What are your legal options?
You’ve suffered from injuries in the NYC subway, now what? The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is responsible for all aspects of the subway. This entity makes sure that the subway is safe and operating properly. The MTA is also responsible for conducting inspections to ensure everything is running correctly. The MTA must make sure that the environment is safe, has proper lighting, security cameras, and warning signs. If there is a situation in the subway that is hazardous, the MTA is responsible to cover these injuries.
A New York City subway accident claim is more complex than a traditional personal injury lawsuit. The MTA is a government body, so you have a shorter deadline to file your lawsuit. You only have 90 days from the date of your accident to file your subway accident claim. We recommend that you contact a New York subway accident lawyer immediately so that you don’t risk missing this deadline. Even if the MTA is liable, if you miss the 90-day deadline, they don’t have to cover any of your damages.
What are some of the causes of accidents in the NYC subway?
There are many different injuries that occur in the subway, and the majority of them are slipping and falling. Many riders trip, slip or fall on the stairs. When there are hundreds of people moving to get on the subway, it makes sense that someone could hurt themselves because he or she is in a hurry. Even though falls are one of the leading injuries, there are occasions where other situations occur as a result of:
- Operator error
- Subway crashes
- Sudden Stops
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate security
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Obstructed paths,
- Or missing warning signs
If you have been robbed on a train platform, we can also help you. We understand that accidents with trains are not the only instances that occur on the subway. There are many different reasons you could have been injured by the NYC subway. An experienced attorney will help you build your case and file a claim within the allotted time. Investigating and finding out the negligent parties is the first step in your case, and your lawyer needs the adequate time to prepare. So, make sure to contact a personal injury lawyer that specialized in NYC subway accidents as soon as possible.
What is a subway derailment?
Above, we listed many of the causes of accidents in the NYC subway, and derailment is a big one. A derailment occurs when the train leaves the tracks. You can have a partial or a full derailment. During a full derailment, trains can completely flip over once they come off the tracks, which can cause serious injuries. In fact, even with a partial derailment, you can suffer from pretty substantial injuries. At the very least, the situation is traumatic and can cause emotional distress.
With a derailment, the cause of the accident shows whether any negligence occurred. Yes, there are situations where accidents “just happen”, but a lot of money goes into the NYC subway. The state wants to ensure that riders get from point A to B as safely as possible. So, when a derailment happens it’s usually because one or more people made a mistake. There was something on the tracks, inspections weren’t being performed, or the train itself wasn’t up to code. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you sort through all this information to find out who was responsible.
Who can be held accountable after a derailment?
When you are proving that a party is liable, you have to show that they were negligent and the cause of the accident. You might find that a single person or an agency is responsible for your derailment. For example, if there was a piece of rail left on the tracks, the workers are responsible for leaving this rail behind. However, if their manager told them to leave the piece of rail they would also be liable. If a company knew that this piece of rail was left behind, and they didn’t remove it, then they are liable. So, it takes an expert attorney with the ability to thoroughly research your accident to build the strongest case.
If you or someone you love has been injured in the NYC subway, you should contact us today. The sooner we discuss the details of your case, the sooner we can build your lawsuit. Remember, we only have a short amount of time to file your accident claim, so we need to get started immediately. Call us to schedule your appointment to discuss the details of your case.