NYC Subway Accident
A NYC Subway Accident Lawyer can explain that ever since subway systems were invented, they have proven to be an invaluable and economical form of mass transit for our larger cities. While our modern subway systems provide fast and economical transportation for millions of people, they carry the risk of serious injury when accidents happen. Recent data shows that there are approximately 3,000 subway accident incidents every year in the U.S. If you or a family member has been injured while riding the subway, it is important to speak to the legal team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates for guidance. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including reimbursement of medical expenses, lost time from work as well as pain and suffering.
As trains and subway locomotives are built with greater speed capabilities, the chance of traumatic injury increases in the event of an accident. A subway collision or derailment can lead to spinal injury, back injury, skull fracture, broken bones, paralysis, and in severe incidents, wrongful death both for passengers and subway workers.
If a railroad or subway worker gets hurt on the job, they can't usually get help through workers' compensation the way other workers can. But there is protection to be found under FELA, the Federal Employers Liability Act. This piece of legislation ensures the subway worker's right to sue in the event of a tragic accident that results in traumatic, life-changing injury. In addition to offering protection for railroad and subway employees, FELA has helped to make the job of these workers much safer than it was many years ago. However, even with all the safety improvements, there is still nothing that can prevent accidents caused by negligence, carelessness, human mistakes and equipment malfunction.
It's true that accidents involving passengers and subway accidents garner much press, but it's also true that many subway accident incidents don't involve a subway crash or derailment. Many accidents happen within the subway station itself in the form of trip and fall accidents. Slippery stairs, cracks or holes on a platform or debris resulting from construction can cause people to become injured in a trip and fall incident. If you should fall in the subway station, be sure not to leave the scene until you can get help from the proper authorities. This is to your advantage because police will make note of what happened and document the location and any witnesses, which will prove useful in case you need to file a personal injury claim in the future. You should also consult Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss your case and see what legal options you have going forward.
It's vital to keep in mind that it's reasonable to expect to be safe when using the subway, and as a type of landlord, the entity in charge of the subway must take reasonable steps to ensure your safety and the safety of all passengers and workers. A serious injury caused by negligence will often entitle the injured party to compensation for their injuries, and a free consultation with our firm is a good way to help ensure your legal rights are protected. Please call us at 800.696.9529 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.