Bronx Train Accident Lawyer
Trains have been around for over 150 years, and have made incredible advances in speed and technology. Despite the many technological advances and features designed to make train travel safe, there are still many train accidents that leave victims with serious injuries. The good news is that just like victims of car accidents can hold the negligent party accountable, the law allows victims of train accidents to seek damages as well. If you are in need of legal representation because you were seriously injured in a train accident, contact an experienced Bronx train accident lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates. For over 20 years, our legal team has worked tirelessly helping injured victims receive the compensation for their losses.Common Causes of Train Accidents
Commuter trains and subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. The New York subway system is the largest in the U.S. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 billion people have used the New York subway system. Last year alone, 146 people were hit by trains, which was an increase from the year prior of 15%. Of the 146 people hit, 47 were killed.
Normally, when people think of a train accident they think of a train crash. However there are many different ways that a train-related injury can occur, including:
- Being struck by a train
- Malfunctioning turnstiles
- Electrocution by train tracks
- Being assaulted, robbed or raped in a subway station (inadequate security)
- Train derailment
- Falling on the platform, while embarking or disembarking from the train, or on the stairs leading to the platform
Often the injuries associated with train accidents are serious including:
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Because these types of injuries are serious, the financial impact is substantial. However, through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover compensation from the party whose negligence resulted in your injuries. Thus, it’s important to contact an experienced Bronx train accident lawyer to discuss your options for pursuing compensation.
The types of compensation that you may be awarded include:
- Medical Bills: Medical bills associated with recovery from a injuries sustained in a train accident include 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. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
- 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. For example, if you suffered an amputation in the accident, you would be entitled to a significant award for pain and suffering.
Injured victims of train accidents have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible. Train accident cases are extremely complicated and may involve federal and state 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 your legal representation has experience handling train crash cases. We handle all types of train accident related claims, including cases involving Long Island Railroad (LIRR), Metro-North NJ Transit, Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH), and Amtrak. Contact an experienced train accident attorney serving the Bronx at Stephen Bilkis & Associates at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Westchester County, Suffolk County, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, and Queens.