Subway Accident

The New York City subway system is by far the busiest subway system in the United States with 1.7 billion riders annually. It is the primary means of transportation for residents and tourist in New York City. Given the number of trains that travel the subway tracks each day and the number of people who use the subway each day, major accidents are quite rare. However, even minor train accidents can result in serious injuries. Subway trains travel at high speeds. Passengers, many of whom stand, are often jostled about. When there is an accident it is easy for passengers to hit their heads against metal poles, doors, or hard train floors. In addition, subway trains do not have the same safety features as cars such as seatbelts and airbags. This makes it more likely that a passenger will suffer an injury if there is a derailment or collision. These accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries including a spinal injury, back injury, broken bone or brain injury. This can lead to paralysis, and even is some cases wrongful death. In the same way that a victim of a car accident may seek damages from the negligent person through a personal injury claim, the law allows victims of subway accidents to seek damages as well. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you were seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Subway Accident Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your subway accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.

Common Causes of Subway Accidents

These accidents can happen in a variety of ways including a subway derailment, electrical explosion, solvent exposure, a railroad crossing accident and more. Railroad workers are often injured in this line of work, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees the right to sue for damages for an injury obtained while on the job. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, it is important to speak with our legal team right away to ensure that your rights are protected.

FELA was created to make the railroad profession safer. However, railroad work continues to be dangerous. Inadequate safety standards, poor training, inadequate subway maintenance, negligence or defective equipment commonly results in injury.

Commuter subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. People generally feel that traveling by subway is a safe, but accidents do happen. When people usually think of subway accidents they usually think of a train crash. However there are many different ways that injury can occur including:

  • Passengers falling off the platform
  • Being struck by a train
  • Malfunctioning turnstiles
  • Electrocution by train tracks
  • Being assaulted, robbed or raped in a subway station (inadequate security)
  • Train derailment
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. Through a personal injury claim you may be able to recover expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
  • 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. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
  • 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 there are special rules that you must follow, and the time frame for filing a claim is limited.

Bronx Subway Accident Lawyer

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, PLLC 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.

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