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Lawyer for Slip & Fall on Subway Platforms in New York

NYC Accident Lawyers Advocate for Victims of Subway Platform Slip and Fall Accidents in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Throughout the Five Boroughs

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.

Determining Liability in NYC Subway Platform Slip & Fall Accidents

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:

  • A portion of the subway platform is under construction,
  • Adverse weather conditions have created a danger of falling,
  • A leaking pipe has caused slick conditions on the platform,
  • The concrete on the platform has been damaged, creating a risk of a trip and fall accident.

Some common causes of subway platform slip and fall accidents include:

  • Broken stairways,
  • Defective elevators and escalators,
  • Insufficient lighting,
  • Failure to provide appropriate safety railings or barriers,
  • Overcrowding,
  • Insufficient warning signs,
  • Negligent maintenance of the subway platform,
  • Defects in the subway platform, such as potholes and uneven pavement,
  • Slick platform floors.

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.

What Should I do After a NYC Slip & Fall Accident on a Subway Platform?

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:

  • Call for help, either with your phone or by asking a bystander to locate a police officer,
  • Look around and try to determine what caused your fall, if the cause is not immediately apparent,
  • Take photos and videos of the area around you—we can examine those photos and videos later to try to determine what caused your fall,
  • Ask for the names and contact information of witnesses,
  • Call an experienced NYC slip and fall accident with experience in handling subway accident cases immediately.

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.

Injury Lawyers at Proner & Proner Fight for Fair Compensation in NYC Subway Platform Slip & Fall Accident Cases

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:

  • All medical expenses, including emergency room costs,
  • The cost of future medical care,
  • Lost wages,
  • Lost future earning potential,
  • Ongoing rehabilitative care and physical therapy,
  • Pain and suffering,
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation with Our Award-Winning Accident Lawyers to Discuss Your NYC Subway Platform Slip & Fall

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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Subway Platform Slip & Fall Accident Claims in NYC

FAQ: What is the Notice of Claim requirement in NYC Subway Platform Slip & Fall Accident Cases?

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.

FAQ: How do I know whether I have a case if I fell on a subway platform and was injured?

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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