The Transit Authority is responsible
for the maintenance of the subway system and may be held
responsible for any injuries suffered by subway riders
in New York.
The Federal Railroad Administration reports that on
average there are 3,000 train-related accidents that
happen every year resulting in nearly 1,000 fatalities
and thousands more significant injuries.
Subway users may
suffer injuries in various ways:
Rail workers who are injured on the
job are covered by the Federal Employers’ Liability Act
of 1907 (FELA). While FELA will provide certain
benefits to injured employees, it also requires that the
injured worker show negligence of their employer, which
usually requires knowledge of legal standards and
practices surrounding the rail safety procedures.
Therefore, workers injured on a railroad should also
seek subway accident lawyers when making their claims.
cases it is important to have a report of the accident.
Written reports can help recreate the situations in
order to better assess whether the accused party is
negligent or not. Make sure to include the
particular hazard of the subway or train that caused the
accident. It is a good idea to take pictures of the hazard as soon as possible
after the accident in order to support your claim.
Also, get the name and contact information of both the
property owner, if applicable, and any other people that
witnessed the incident in order to have complete
documentation of the accident.
In many cases of subway and train
accidents, the property is owned and operated by a
government entity. Most laws require that the government
entity be given notice of the injury within a very short
period of time. The statue of limitations on reporting
train or subway accidents is very short in most states.
Therefore, it is recommended that attorneys are notified
In court, the accused property
owner, usually a government entity, will have attorneys
that will try to refute and devalue your case. Having an
subway accident attorney on your side will help fight
and counter the testimony given by the property owner.
You have the right
to receive proper compensation for the
injuries sustained as a result of a negligent property owner!
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