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The subway system is a critical element of the NYC transportation system. Millions of New Yorkers and visitors rely upon the subway daily, as their primary mode of transportation. As subway users, we have the right to expect that the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) will maintain subway platforms in a safe condition to prevent accidents and injuries.
When slip and fall accidents on subway accidents do occur in NYC, holding the NYCTA accountable for carelessness is a complex process. At Proner & Proner, our top-rated personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout NYC who have sustained injuries in subway platform accidents. With over 50 years’ experience, we know what it takes to win the fair compensation that you deserve.
NYC subway platform slip and fall accident cases are extremely time-sensitive. You only have 90 days to file a claim against the NYCTA within 90 days of your accident. After those 90 days expire, you have only one year to file a lawsuit. These strict time limits make it critical to speak with a knowledgeable accident lawyer immediately after your subway platform accident.
Our lawyers offer a free case review so that you can learn more about your legal rights after a subway platform accident. To schedule yours, call or contact the nationally recognized NYC slip and fall accident lawyers at Proner & Proner today.
Not every slip and fall accident that happens on an NYC subway platform will create a valid claim for compensation. However, the NYCTA, which is a subset of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), does have a duty to maintain the subway platforms in a reasonably safe condition. These entities also have a duty to place warning signs, such as in situations where:
Some common causes of subway platform slip and fall accidents include:
The key question in a subway platform slip and fall accident is whether the NYCTA knew about the hazard that caused your fall. The city can also be held responsible if they reasonably should have known about the hazard through reasonable inspections of the platforms.
Establishing the cause of your slip and fall is key to holding the negligent party accountable. However, as we all know, subway platforms are extremely busy places and circumstances can change rapidly. If you have fallen on the subway platform, you should:
Because subway platform slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, it is important that you focus on your physical recovery. However, to preserve your right to fair compensation, it is also critical to speak with an experienced lawyer immediately—remembering the 90-day time limit for filing a notice of claim with the city.
Some victims of slip and fall accidents are fortunate and only suffer minor injuries. Unfortunately, these accidents can also cause serious injuries, including brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and more. At Proner & Proner, we help you get fair compensation to hold the city responsible for negligent maintenance. That compensation may include:
Many accident victims are hesitant to seek out legal advice because of the perceived cost. At Proner & Proner, your case review is free—and you have no obligation to hire us. If you do hire us, we work on a contingency, meaning that we only get our attorneys’ fees if and when we win compensation in your case.
Your financial future is too important to go up against the NYCTA alone. If you or a loved one have been injured in a subway platform accident, call or contact us online today for a free case review.
The notice of claim is a document describing your accident. It is required to preserve your right to seek compensation from the NYCTA, MTA and the city itself—because the NYCTA and MTA are considered government entities. Failing to file this document within 90 days will mean giving up your right to file a lawsuit to seek compensation.
There is no hard and fast rule here. The only true way to know whether you have a case is to speak with an experienced lawyer and tell them exactly what happened. In general, you will only have a case if the city was somehow negligent in maintaining the subway platform or failed to warn about a dangerous condition. For example, if you slipped on liquid, the city would not be responsible if another passenger spilled that liquid. However, the city might be responsible if the liquid came from a leaking pipe that they should reasonably have fixed.
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