Westchester County Subway Accident
The subway is a convenient and economical mode of transportation for millions of people in our larger cities. And in its more than 150 year history the subway system has undergone major improvements and technological advancements. Subways are now faster and more reliable than ever before, but the threat of a serious subway accident is always a possibility as trains increase in speed. A subway accident is usually the result of a collision or derailment, and those are mainly caused by human error, negligence or equipment failure. Because of the high speeds at which these modern subways travel, the potential for traumatic injury is high. Common injuries resulting from a subway accident are broken back, spinal injury, head injury, skull fracture, brain injury, and paralysis. If you were seriously injured in a subway accident, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact an experienced Westchester 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. 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.
There are many scenarios that can lead to a these accidents. For example, injuries can happen in a derailment, explosion, electrical mishap or a railroad crossing accident. While it is typical to associate passengers with a subway accident, the truth is that subway workers are probably more prone to serious injury due to the nature of their job, which is one of the most dangerous in the United States.
If you are a subway worker or railroad worker, then you need to be aware that you generally cannot get help for your injury through workers' compensation. What you can do, however, is find protection under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). Essentially, FELA allows injured railroad and subway workers to sue to recoup damages should they sustain a serious injury while working.
One of the purposes of FELA was to make the railroad and subway profession safer for its employees. And while there have been tremendous improvements over the years, serious injury still happens when negligence, carelessness, human error, substandard training, and lack of proper safety equipment are involved. Unfortunately, no law can prevent injury caused by these factors.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. .
- 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.
- Wrongful Death: If the accident was fatal, the family of the victim may pursue damages through a wrongful death claim.
Subway accident cases are extremely complicated and may involve governmental entities as well as private companies and private citizens. Furthermore there may be complex procedural rules and timelines that must be followed. To make sure that your case is properly handled it is critical that you are represented by attorneys with experience 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: