Suffolk County Subway Accident
Accidents in the subway are common. Occasionally trains collide or derail, resulting in victims suffering serious physical injuries. Such accidents make the front page of newspapers and headline the evening news. However, there are other types of accidents that are not widely publicized that leave victims with severe injuries. More common than a collision or derailment is the trip and fall accident where a victim falls on the subway staircase or platform. A fall down a concrete staircase or a concrete platform can result in the victim suffering a serious head injury, broke bone, neck injury, back injury or spinal cord injury. If or a loved one was seriously injured in a subway accident, it is important that you immediately contact an experienced Suffolk County Subway Accident Lawyer to learn more about how you can obtain just compensation for your injuries.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. The New York Transit Authority may even be liable if he accident was caused by conductor error and it was determined that the conductor should not have been hired in the first place. This is known as negligent hiring.
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. A wet or icy staircase are the types of hazards that could easily lead to a fall. Common causes of subway slip and fall accidents include:
- Broken stairs or platforms
- Broken escalators
- Defective equipment such as a broken turnstile
- Slippery floors
- Poor lighting
- Obstructed warning signs
- Negligent maintenance
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. .
- 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.
- 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 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. If you do not file your claim within 90 days of the accident, you claim will be denied regardless of its merit.Suffolk County Subway Accident Lawyer
If you were seriously injured on a subway train, on a subway platform, or in a subway station, you may be entitled to compensation. However, subway accident cases are complicated, involving complex procedural rules and timelines that must be followed. Failure to follow these rules may result in you being barred from pursuing a claim. To make sure that your case is properly handled it is critical that you are represented by attorneys with experience successfully handling personal injury cases where the government is involved. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates to discuss the details of your case. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We serve those injured in accidents in the following locations: