Bronx Subway Accident
The New York City subway system is by far the busiest subway system in the United States. Records show that over 700 million people use the subway each year. It is the primary means of transportation for residents and tourists 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. Because subway trains do not have the same safety features as cars such as seatbelts and airbags, it is 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 spinal injuries, back injuries, broken bones, or brain injuries. If you are in need of legal help because you were seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx subway accident lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. With over 20 years of experiencing winning substantial compensation for injured victims, we are here to help.Common Causes of Subway Accidents
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. While subway trains crashes have occurred, there are many other ways that injury can occur while riding subway trains or while in subway stations, 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
Depending on the facts of your case, if you are hurt in a subway accident due to another person's negligence you may be entitled a number of types of compensation.
- Medical Bills: A subway accident can lead to serious injuries such as head, back, or neck injury. The medical bills associated with such an accident can be substantial. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
- Loss of Income: If your injury is serious you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. You will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries. To understand how loss of income is calculated, contact an experienced subway accident attorney in the Bronx.
- 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. Pain and suffering refers to not only physical pain, but also for emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the severity of your injuries.
- Wrongful Death: If the accident was fatal, the family of the victim may pursue damages through a wrongful death claim.
It is important to note that when suing a government entity there are special rules that you must follow, and the time frame for filing a claim is limited.Contact a Subway Accident Attorney Serving the Bronx at Stephen Bilkis & Associates
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. 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 Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss the details of your case. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve clients in the following locations: Bronx, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, and Queens.