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Nassau County Subway Accident

Subways have been a reliable form of mass public transportation for over 150 years, and since their introduction they have undergone numerous changes and technological upgrades to make them economical and reasonably safe. However, even with all of the upgrades and advances there is always a chance of an accident. According to recent data some type of incident occurs every hour and a half and more than 3,000 accidents happen every year. Because of the increased speeds at which these subways travel, a derailment or collision can result in numerous types of traumatic injuries, such as: spinal injury, brain injury, broken bones, back injury, and paralysis. If you are in need of a personal injury attorney because you were seriously injured in a subway accident, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact an experienced Nassau County subway accident lawyer to learn more about how you can obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Common causes of subway accidents

There are many types of subway accidents, and there are many reasons that these accidents occur. Some common types of accidents include:

  • Hit by train. People who fall, are pushed or jump on the tracks can get hit by a train.
  • Derailment. When trains run off the rails, passengers are often tossed about the cars, suffering various types of minor and serious injuries.
  • Electrocution. Similarly, people who end up on the track can get electrocuted.
  • Falls. Passengers often fall down staircases and on escalators. Falls on platforms and on trains are also commonplace.
  • Violence. Another type of incident that occur in subway stations and on subway trains are acts of violence such as assault, sexual assault, pickpocketing, and other types of theft.
  • Workplace accidents. Subway workers are also injured. If a subway worker is injured while on the job, the injury may be covered by special rules.
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. You are entitled to demand payment for bills related to the emergency room, hospital stay, surgery, prescription and over-the-counter medication, x-rays, MRIs, blood work, medical equipment, physical therapy, in-home care, rehabilitation, nursing home, and psychological counseling.
  • Loss of income: If you suffered a serious injury in a subway accident and as a result you had to miss work, you can demand that the negligent party reimburse you for the compensation you missed out on. This includes missed paychecks. It also includes vacation and sick days you used while recovering. If you failed get a bonus or promotion that you were on track to received, you can demand compensation for the value of the missed bonus or promotion. You can also demand payment for other benefits of work or opportunities you lost as a result of your injuries.
  • Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering refers to both the physical pain and the mental suffering. For example, if after the accident you fall into deep depression and require therapy, you could demand compensation based on mental suffering.
  • Wrongful death: In cases where a victim dies as a result of an accident in the subway, members of the victim's family may have the right to demand compensation in a special type of personal injury claim called 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 the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

No one expects to be injured just by attempting to ride the subway. If you get hurt on the steps, escalator, platform, train or anywhere on a subway station, you may be entitled to compensation from the transit authority or from the individual responsible for your injuries. Personal injury lawsuits can be complicated, particularly when the negligent party is a government entity. In order to ensure that your legal rights are protected it is important that you are represented by an experienced attorney. 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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