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New York Subway Injury Lawyers

Because our streets are so congested in the NYC area, taking the subway in Brooklyn, Manhattan, The Bronx, and Queens is usually a great transportation option. The New York City subway system, which is operated by the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) under the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) transported over 5.4 million people on the average weekday in 2018. MTA New York City Transit is the largest public transportation agency in the United States and is among the largest in the world and the NYCTA operates over 6,200 subway cars and over 460 subway stations.

If you use the NYC subway system, you have the right to expect that the NYCTA acts in a diligent manner to provide a safe subway system for everyone, including proper operation and maintenance of subway trains, stations and platforms. If a person is injured through the negligence of the NYCTA in providing and maintaining a safe subway system, the injured person has the right to bring a claim and lawsuit against the NYCTA.

90 Day Notice of Claim Requirement

If you have been injured in an accident involving a New York City subway train or subway station, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the NYTCA. However, lawsuits against the NYTCA are different than those filed against individuals and companies, because the NYTCA is considered a municipal subdivision of a municipality. A “municipality” refers to a government entity, such as a town, city or state. A “municipal subdivision” refers to any agency, such as the NYTCA, the police, EMTs or firefighters that work for the municipality.
When filing a claim against the NYCTA, the injured person typically has to file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of the accident, and file a lawsuit within a year and 90 days, which is why it is so important that you contact an experienced subway injury lawyer immediately to protect your rights. If you or a loved one has been injured in a subway accident, please call The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates at 718-509-6816 today.

Common Causes of Subway Accidents and Injuries

A person can be injured on a New York City subway or in a subway station in many different ways. The most common ways in which accidents and injuries occur are:

• Sudden stops
• Closing doors
• Subway operator negligence
• Subway crashes and derailing
• Falling onto tracks
• Lack of safety barriers or railings
• Obstructed or missing warning signs
• Subway platform defects
• Electrocutions
• Negligent security
• Overcrowding
• Negligent maintenance
• Broken escalators
• Broken stairs or platforms
• Broken or defective equipment
• Poor lighting
• Slippery floors

Subway accidents can sometimes cause devastating injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, amputation, broken bones, complex fractures, or even result in a tragic death. When someone is injured or killed in an accident on a subway train on in a subway station, the NYCTA and other responsible parties may be held legally accountable.

Subway Accident Lawyers Serving Brooklyn, The Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and New York

If you or a loved one has been injured in the NYC subway system, please remember that you have limited time in which to file a claim and bring a lawsuit against the NYCTA. At The Law Offices of David J. Hernandez & Associates, we have had years of success dealing with the NYTCA on behalf of our clients and will fight for you to receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We will explain all the options available to you and your family in the event you are involved in a subway accident. We accept all personal injury cases including subway accident cases on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay no attorney fees unless we recover money for you. Give us a call at718-509-6816 or contact us online today for a free consultation.

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