NY Subway Accident
Our modern subway is a marvel of technology and engineering, and is one that has been helping people get to their destinations for over 150 years. A lot has changed as subway systems have evolved, but one thing that remains the same is the fact that a subway accident still has the potential to cause serious injury both to passengers and to the subway employees. Recent statistical data reveals that there are about 3,000 subway accidents occurring in the United States every year. And because subways (and trains in general) have increased in speed since their inception, the potential for serious injury has also increased in the event of a collision or derailment. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact a NY Subway Accident Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance.
It's not uncommon for serious injuries to occur because of these types accidents. The injuries can range from mild broken bones or concussions, to serious spinal injury, head injury, brain injury, paralysis and wrongful death.
When people think of a subway accident, they immediately think of a derailment or collision in which passengers are injured or killed. What needs to be pointed out is that subway workers are in much greater danger of serious injury in subway accident incidents because of the type of work they do and where they do it. Subway and railroad work is thought to be among the most dangerous occupations one can engage in because the potential for serious injury is always looming.
Fortunately, subway workers and railroad workers do have protection afforded them via FELA, the Federal Employers Liability Act, which guarantees the worker's right to sue for compensation in case they become seriously injured while working. In addition to this right, FELA also works to improve safety standards for railroad and subway employees. And while FELA has done a great job at improving working conditions, it can't stop accidents when negligence, poor training, equipment failure or inadequate safety equipment is involved. If you're a rail worker who's been in an accident that's resulted in traumatic injury, you need to know your rights. Call our experienced legal team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates to find out what you can do and to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
While subway crashes and derailments get a lot of attention in the press, a significant number of subway accident cases involve trip and fall accident incidents. These accidents can happen due to slippery stairways or platforms within the subway station. In addition, a walkway or platform that has fallen into disrepair can cause a serious slip and fall injury. It's important to know that those responsible for maintaining the subway have the same responsibility as a landlord or other property owner when it comes to making the property safe. They should be held accountable when negligence causes a serious injury. If you believe that your injury was due to a slip and fall accident at the subway, and that negligence may have been involved, contacting our firm can be a vital step in your recovery process. Please call us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our office in Westchester County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.