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Brooklyn Subway Accident

The New York City subway system is the busiest in the nation and the fourth busiest in the world. With such a large, busy system it is inevitable that accidents will occur. Such accidents include accidents on the trains such as derailments, collisions and falls in subway cars. There are also accidents in subway stations such as slip and falls, falls on stairs and escalators, and falls onto the tracks. When a subway accident occurs the injuries can be serious, including a spinal injury, brain injury, broken bones, back injury, and paralysis. If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer because you were seriously injured in a subway accident, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. It is critical that you contact an experienced Brooklyn subway accident lawyer immediately as there are strict time deadlines for filing personal injury claims based on a subway accident.

Common causes of subway accidents

New York is a huge city and commuters rely on its subway system every day to move around. While most people feel that subway travel is safe, no form of transportation can boast a perfect safety record. Conductor error, equipment malfunction, and negligence can all lead to serious accidents that injure both passengers and workers. In addition, accidents that take place on the subway platform or elsewhere in the subway station make up for a significant number of serious injuries. Trip and fall accident cases account for a high percentage of all subway accident cases. It is not uncommon for someone to slip on a stairway or trip on crack in a platform. Even debris caused by routine maintenance can cause someone to slip and fall.

For example, late one evening Bridget began to walk down the stairs into the subway station. The light was out, so it was stairwell was quite dark. Bridget did not see that someone left a bottle on the stairs. She tripped on the bottle, fell down the stairs and broken her arm.

Pursuing a claim

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. For example, victims who suffer broken arms in falls can also suffer complications such as a bone infection. If the bone fracture is severe such that part of the bone protrudes from the skin, there is a greater chance of an infection. An broken bone can also lead to nerve injuries that requires specialized treatment.
  • 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. In addition to missing paychecks, you may also miss opportunities to earn promotions, bonuses and other benefits of work. If the accident leaves you with permanent injuries, you may not be able to return to work at all. If that is the case, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of earning potential.
  • 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 (link to: http://injury.1800nynylaw.com/) claim.

It is important to note that when suing a government entity such as the New York City Transit Authority there are special rules that you must follow, and the time frame for filing a claim is limited.

Contact the Law Offices of 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 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.

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