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Can I Sue if I am Injured on the Subway in NYC?

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Can I Sue if I am Injured on the Subway in NYC?

Countless people ride the subway in New York City every single day. Generally, the subway is a reliable, safe means of transportation, however, there are times where the subway can become extremely dangerous. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced New York City personal injury attorney to learn more about subway accidents, what to do after being injured in one, and how our firm can help you through the claims process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most frequent causes of subway accidents?

Subway accidents can be caused by several different factors, though they are often due to negligence. Some of the most common subway accidents our firm sees are as follows:

  • Derailments
  • Malfunctioning subway doors
  • Sudden starts and stops
  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Subway operator negligence
  • Trip and falls on subway platforms
  • Criminal activity, such as robberies, due to insufficient or absent security

All too often, these accidents result in serious injuries to unsuspecting passengers, including internal injuries, bone fractures, electrocutions, muscle injuries, traumatic head injuries, paralysis, or, in the worst cases, death.

How do I sue for an injury sustained on the subway?

If you are injured in a subway accident, you should notify the subway operator and call the police. They will file a report on the accident. You should also take pictures of the unsafe conditions that caused the accident, ask anyone who saw the accident for their contact information, seek immediate medical attention, and retain the services of an experienced New York City personal injury attorney who can obtain all additional evidence needed to prove your claim.

How long do I have to sue after being injured in a subway accident?

Traditionally, in New York State, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years, giving the wrongly injured three years from the date of their accident to take legal action against the party responsible. That being said, if you are injured on a form of mass transit, such as a subway, and you are looking to file a claim against the New York City Transit Authority, you have only 90 days from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. Once you file your Notice of Claim, you will have 1 year and 90 days from your accident to sue. Do not wait past the initial 90 days to retain an attorney, for if you do, you will most likely be barred from suing. Our firm is ready to begin the claims process today.

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Whether you need a Bronx car accident lawyer, birth injury lawyer, construction accident lawyer or legal representation for any type of accident, the NYC personal injury lawyers at The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny can help. Located in New York City, we've helped hundreds of individuals throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn (Kings County), Manhattan, Queens and Nassau County recover the compensation they need to receive proper medical care, treatment and quality of life after serious injury.


If you've been injured due to the negligence or wrong-doing of another, we can provide you and your loved ones with the legal support needed to ensure proper medical attention, long-term treatment and fair, reasonable financial compensation is received for your injury. The initial consultation is always free. For immediate assistance, call (212) 421-0300.


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