New York Subway Accident Attorney
If you are injured in any facility or by a vehicle owned or operated by the New York City Transit Authority [this includes all subways and most busses] you MUST file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident or your claim will be denied regardless of merit. It is essential, therefore, that you or a member of your family secure immediate and competent legal counsel as soon after the accident as possible. Call our New York subway accident lawyers, toll free at 877.298.3201.
NY City Subway Trip and Fall Injury Lawyer
NYC Subway Accidents in Particular
Trip and falls on staircases and platforms are common forms of accidents related to the New York subway system. Your location and the reason for the fall are extremely important factors in a claim for an injury sustained on the subway. It will not be sufficient for you to say you fell on a staircase unless you can identify the precise staircase and the exact nature of the defect that caused the accident.
In all likelihood you will not be able to identify the exact location with out the help of the Transit Police. Each staircase, landing and platform is numbered. Do not move from the location unless you are in immediate danger. Call for a police officer and paramedics. Try to get the names and address of witnesses. Look around and try to determine the cause of your fall. Accidents happen, and unless you are able to identify a reason for the fall there will be no basis to find negligence on the Transit Authority. See if there is a crack or break on the surface of the staircase or platform.
As with any landlord or property owner, notice of the defect is essential. For that reason slipping on liquid, for example, may not be enough to hold the Transit Authority liable for negligence. Someone could have spilled the liquid 1 minute before you fell. Thus the property owner would not have had sufficient time [Notice] to cure the defect. However, if you see that a pipe is leaking causing a puddle to develop this is a different situation and may provide the needed negligence with which to hold the Transit Authority liable.
Once again, a Notice of Claim must be filed with the Transit Authority within 90 days of the accident. If it is not filed, you cannot bring a lawsuit regardless of the merits of your case. It is essential that you or a member of your family contact our New York subway accident lawyers immediately so that your rights are protected. Call us toll free at 877.298.3201 .
The New York City subway accident attorneys of Tolmage, Peskin, Harris & Falick represents clients in all five boroughs of New York: Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx, as well as Suffolk County, Nassau County, Westchester County, Rockland County, and the remainder of the State of New York. New York State does not generally recognize specialties in the legal profession.