New York Subway Accidents
When you use the subway, you never anticipate being injured. Thousands of people use the subway every day to go to work and school and get around the city. While a majority of time people arrive at their chosen destination safely, accidents do occur…some because of train derailment or crashes, or because of a slip and fall on the subway platform. Subways have been around for over 150 years, and have made incredible advances in speed and technology. An innocent passenger as well as a subway worker can be the victim of a train accident, and the injuries can be serious. Statistics show that every hour and a half there is a train accident or derailment, with 3,000 accidents occurring annually. These accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries including a spinal injury, broken bone or head injury. This can lead to paralysis, and even is some cases wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a subway or train accident you deserve to be compensated for your loss. Contact a New York subway accident lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates to learn more about how you can obtain just compensation for your injuries.
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
If you have been injured in a train accident, our experienced team is ready to help. If you decide that you want to pursue a claim, it is necessary to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident. So it is important that if you have been injured, you contact our legal team promptly to ensure that your rights are protected.
Injuries from a subway accident can be significant and can include a brain injury, spinal injury, or broken bone. If you have suffered an accident because of the negligence of another such as a motorcycle accident, automobile accident, or construction accident, it is important to obtain legal guidance. When you visit our office we will explain your legal rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. Just compensation for your injuries can include monetary reimbursement for your doctors’ bills, missed time from work and pain and suffering. We will also offer you a free case consultation with your first appointment. We have office locations conveniently located in New York City including: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, as well as Staten Island. On Long Island we have offices in Nassau County and Suffolk County. We also have offices in Westchester County, so call us today to make an appointment at 800.696.9529.