Bronx Subway Accident
The New York City subway system is by far the busiest subway system in the United States with 1.7 billion riders annually. It is the primary means of transportation for residents and tourist in New York City. Given the number of trains that travel the subway tracks each day and the number of people who use the subway each day, major accidents are quite rare. However, even minor train accidents can result in serious injuries. Subway trains travel at high speeds. Passengers, many of whom stand, are often jostled about. When there is an accident it is easy for passengers to hit their heads against metal poles, doors, or hard train floors. In addition, subway trains do not have the same safety features as cars such as seatbelts and airbags. This makes it more likely that a passenger will suffer an injury if there is a derailment or collision. These accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries including a spinal injury, back injury, broken bone or head injury. This can lead to paralysis, and even is some cases wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a subway or train accident you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact an experienced Bronx subway accident lawyer to learn more about how you can obtain just compensation for your injuries.Common causes of subway accidents
These accidents can happen in a variety of ways including a subway derailment, electrical explosion, solvent exposure, a railroad crossing accident and more. Railroad workers are often injured in this line of work, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees the right to sue for damages for an injury obtained while on the job. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, it is important to speak with our legal team right away to ensure that your rights are protected.
FELA was created to make the railroad profession safer. However, railroad work continues to be dangerous. Inadequate safety standards, poor training, inadequate subway maintenance, negligence or defective equipment commonly results in injury.
Commuter subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. People generally feel that traveling by subway is a safe, but accidents do happen. When people usually think of subway accidents they usually think of a train crash. However there are many different ways that injury can occur including:
- Passengers falling off the platform
- Being struck by a train
- Malfunctioning turnstiles
- Electrocution by train tracks
- Being assaulted, robbed or raped in a subway station (inadequate security)
- Train derailment
Because subway accidents can leave victims with serious injuries such as back, head, neck, brain or spinal cord injuries, victims are often left unable to work for an extended period, causing them to face financial difficulties. Through a personal claim victims are able to recoup their losses from the person responsible for their injuries. Compensable losses include:
- Medical bills: Medical bills for serious, catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries can be substantial. For example, you may need to be treated by several different specialists such as neurosurgeons, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons and other specialists. In addition you may need physical therapy, counseling, medication, and rehabilitation.
- Loss of income: If you must receive extensive treatment such as surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation, you will miss work. This means that even as you medical bills mount and your every day bills continue to accrue, your income decreases. Lost wages and compensation is a compensable loss.
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. Indicators of significant pain and suffering includes substantial medical bills and a debilitating injury that is permanent.
- Wrongful death: If the accident was fatal, the family of the victim may pursue damages through a wrongful death claim.
Subway accident cases are extremely complicated and may involve governmental entities as well as private companies and private citizens. Furthermore there may be complex procedural rules and timelines that must be followed in order to retain the legal right to proceed with your claim. To make sure that your case is properly handled it is critical that you are represented by attorneys with experience handling personal injury cases where the government is involved. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.