How to Recover Compensation Following a Subway Accident in New York

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How to Recover Compensation Following a Subway Accident in New York

Subways are one of the most used forms of transportation in the city, and for good reason–subways are generally reliable, cost-efficient, and easily accessible. However, if you were unlucky enough to be a passenger during a subway accident, there is a very good chance you are now seriously injured. Most people who are injured in subway accidents seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, lost wages, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some common causes of subway accidents?

Subway accidents can be caused by any number of factors, including, though certainly not limited to:

  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Operator negligence
  • People being dragged under the trail
  • Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform
  • Derailments
  • Doors closing too soon
  • Sudden stops
  • Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
  • Broken escalators
  • Broken stairs or platforms
  • Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Collisions

What injuries can subway accidents cause?

Some injuries sustained in subway accidents are as follows:

  • Internal injuries
  • Death or paralysis
  • Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
  • Bone fractures or breaks
  • Back injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Traumatic head injuries

How do I know if I can recover compensation?

If you were injured due to another party’s negligence, there is a very good chance you are entitled to financial compensation. However, you must first satisfy the burden of proof by providing a sufficient amount of evidence. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you do so.

How do I satisfy the burden of proof?

To satisfy the burden of proof, you and your attorney may recover security camera footage of your accident as it happened, police reports, witness statements, pictures of the safety hazard that caused your injuries, and more. You should also ensure you receive medical attention immediately after your accident, as a physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documentation detailing their extent.

What is the statute of limitations in New York State?

When you file a lawsuit against the New York City Transit Authority, you have 90 days from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. From there, you have 1 year and 90 days from your accident to pursue your personal injury claim.

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