NYC Subway Accident Attorneys Helping Victims Injured On Trains
Subway trains in New York happen to be one of the most popular and convenient modes of transportation in the city. When people step onto a NYC subway train, they assume a sense of safety and that all necessary precautions have been taken. Often this is true, but sometimes it is not. It is unfortunate, but accidents do happen, even on a subway train.
When an accident happens involving a NYC subway train, it has the potential to be catastrophic in nature. The size of the subway train itself, and the speed at which it moves, often dictates the nature of these injuries. As personal injury lawyers, we know what it takes to win.
In the case of a derailment or other serious accident, victims may not even be riding the subway when they are injured. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury due to an accident involving a subway train in New York, you may be due financial compensation.
A personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, can listen to your case, present you with all of your options, and help you pursue the compensation you are rightfully due.
What are some common causes of subway accidents?
Accidents may occur while actually riding a subway or while in the subway station. There are numerous circumstances that may lead to a NYC subway accident. Some may be a little less catastrophic in nature, but no less important. There may be injuries that occur as a result of a slip, trip, or fall because of poor lighting or negligent maintenance, broken escalators, or turn style injuries.
These accidents may seem less serious at first, but can lead to things like traumatic brain injuries that may not be immediately apparent. Someone may suffer an injury due to a sudden stop or other wound caused by operator negligence. Injuries that are more serious in nature may be caused by derailment, electrocution, or even an accident involving another subway car. In extreme cases, there is even loss of life.
Is there a statute of limitations for filing a subway accident claim?
The statute of limitations in these instances is very strict because you will most likely be filing a claim against the NYC Transit Authority. There may be other public entities that are responsible for your injuries, but in either case, you must file a notice of claim within ninety days.
The statute of limitations in these cases is shorter and stricter because they involve municipalities and/or government entities. However, if you file even one day late, your claim can be completely dismissed without any legal recourse.
Am I limited to suing the public entity involved in the accident?
No, you are not. If you can prove personal liability on the part of the subway operator, for instance, then you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against them as well. If you are unsure of your options, it is best to seek legal counsel from a personal injury lawyer who has experience in these types of claims. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, are well versed in many different aspects of personal injury law. They will listen to your story, investigate diligently, and help you proceed in the manner that will benefit you the most.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Every case is different and treated on an individual basis, so there is really no rule of thumb as far as the timelines are concerned. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, know how to get your case noticed and help you navigate the litigation process. We also have tough negotiators who may be able to settle your claim in the pretrial stage. If this is the case, it will significantly shorten the time it takes to settle your case.
Is it true that a claim against a public authority takes longer?
For the most part, these cases do tend to move a little slower through the court system. That is why it is so important to have an attorney who is experienced in navigating the unique lawsuits against large municipal agencies. An experienced New York subway accident attorney will know how to get your case prioritized and pushed through the system.
What if my injuries are not apparent before the filing deadline passes?
It is imperative to file a notice of claim within the statute of limitations if you intend to pursue a claim in a New York subway accident. Additionally, the claim must also be filed within the deadline whether your injuries were immediately apparent or not. The best thing you can do is protect your rights by seeking legal counsel from an experienced New York subway accident attorney even if your injuries seem minor at first.
What if a loved one died as a result of a New York subway accident?
This is such an unfortunate set of circumstances, but it does happen. If you have lost a loved one due to a NYC subway accident that could have been prevented, then you may be able to seek legal damages through a wrongful death claim.
Does The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, handle wrongful death cases?
Our attorneys have years of experience in personal injury law and wrongful death claims related to NYC subway accidents, and we will help you get the financial compensation that you deserve.
Call a NY subway accidents law firm today
If you or a loved one suffered from an injury sustained in a New York subway accident, the attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC are here for you. Contact us by calling our toll-free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and someone will get in touch with you shortly.