What are common ways that people are injured in the subway?
There are many different ways that passengers can be injured while waiting for a subway train or while on a train. Accidents that occur in the subway include falling off the platform, falling in the station or on the stairs, malfunctioning turnstiles, or being assaulted. While on the train, passengers can be injured due to a train crash, derailment, doors closing too fast, or a sudden stop.
If I am hurt in the subway, who can I sue for compensation?
If you are hurt in a subway accident, the entity from whom you would seek compensation is likely the municipality that operates the subway. In order to file an injury claim against a municipality, you must follow special procedures, including first filing a notice of claim and adhering to the short statute of limitations. Further, some states have set limitations on the amount of compensation you can be awarded.
How long do I have to file a claim for being injured in a subway accident?
Each state has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims that defines the amount of time an injured person has to file a claim. Generally, this is between 2-5 years. However, most subway systems are run by a municipality. There are different rules that apply when suing a municipality. Generally, before filing a lawsuit in court, you must first file a Notice of Claim with the municipality notifying it that you have been injured. The amount of time that you have to file a Notice of Claim is typically very short.