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Where Can I Find the Best MTA Subway Accident Lawyer?

The subway is a part of life in New York and hard to avoid if you want to get around in the city. In 2020, on average, more than two million individuals rode the subway each day, according to the MTA. In pre-pandemic times, daily passenger figures were as high as 5.6 million. However, subways can also be dangerous places, with accidents that cause injury and sometimes death to passengers. 

 

If you suffered harm while using the subway, whether in a train accident, slip and fall, or an assault, you could have legal options for recovering compensation. You could qualify for damages such as healthcare costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages, and others. However, you need to act fast as suing a government agency such as MTA has to be initiated within 90 days of your injury. If you are looking for an MTA subway accident lawyer, Morgan & Morgan’s experienced and determined attorneys are here for you. Contact us today for a free evaluation of your case. 

Reasons for NYC Subway Accidents

Although public transit is a relatively safe mode of transport, when subway accidents happen, they can be deadly. According to the New York Post, in the first half of 2021 alone, 73 persons were struck by subway trains. There can be various reasons for MTA subway accidents, such as: 

Equipment Failure

The MTA must ensure thatequipment such as signals, train carriages, and tracks is maintained and serviced adequately. Failure of equipment or lack of maintenance can cause derailments, catastrophic injuries, and loss of life. Examples of subway equipment failure include: 

  • Faulty brakes
  • Defective or obstructed rail tracks
  • Malfunctioning gates or warning lights
  • Faulty communication devices
  • Malfunctioning subway doors

Human Error

Human error can also be a factor in subway accidents. A subway train operator could be negligent and responsible for an accident, for example, due to intoxication, distraction, or failure to follow safety policies. 

Types of Subway Accidents

Subway accidents in NYC can come in many forms ranging from tragic derailments impacting many passengers, to individuals slipping and falling on the platform. Examples of accidents that can occur due to the MTA’s negligence include:

  • Collisions and derailments 
  • Passengers getting injured in sudden stops
  • Defective doors trapping passengers
  • People being struck by the train 
  • Falling when exiting or entering the train
  • Malfunctioning turnstyles 
  • Slip and falls due to cracks in floors, debris, or slippery surfaces
  • Attacks and criminal assaults due to lack of security 

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a subway accident, seek legal advice as soon as possible. You only have 90 days to file a notice of claim with the government, which will be crucial if you intend to file a lawsuit and pursue compensation for your injuries. 

Common Injuries in NYC Subway Accidents

Common injuries in subway accidents can include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Neck and back injury
  • Electrocution
  • Severed limbs
  • Internal bleeding and internal organ injury
  • Muscle and tendon injuries
  • Spinal cord damage and paralysis

Catastrophic injuries, while causing much pain and emotional distress, can also lead to financial chaos. However, even a minor injury such as a dislocation or small fracture could lead to several weeks of lost income and steep medical bills. If the MTA is responsible for your injury and expenses, the authority should pay for the damages and not you. 

Compensation You Could Receive

If you can successfully hold the MTA or another responsible party accountable for your accident, you could qualify for a range of damages, including but not limited to:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Transportation costs
  • Out-of-pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of life quality

Wrongful Death Subway Accident Lawsuit

If your loved one died in a subway accident, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit and seek damages.  However, to qualify for a wrongful death lawsuit, you will have to prove that your loved one’s death was caused by the negligence or misconduct of the MTA, its employees, or another liable party. 

Damages Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Surviving family members could qualify for a range of damages, including but not limited to:

  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Healthcare costs before death
  • Lost income and lost future income from the deceased
  • Lost benefits such as health insurance
  • The value of the deceased’s support and services
  • Lost inheritance

Tips for Finding the Best MTA Subway Accident Attorney

Having a motivated and experienced advocate by your side can be essential for your case and peace of mind when you get hurt. Naturally, you will want to work with the best personal injury lawyers when standing up to a powerful government entity. While searching for a suitable attorney can seem stressful when you are still recovering, here are some tips that could help:

Ask Friends and Family for Help

You are probably not feeling your best after a subway accident. However, timely action is crucial when you are looking to hold the MTA to account. Therefore, tapping your network for help and advice can be a great first step. Your friends, family members, or coworkers may be able to recommend an attorney or firm they know personally.

Search for an MTA Subway Accident Attorney Online

The internet offers many resources for finding lawyers and law firms in your area. You could start by typing “subway accident lawyer near me” into the search bar. Some websites, such as Martindale Hubble or Avvo, offer information about attorneys, including their practice areas and credentials.

Meet Your Potential Attorneys Personally

The best next step, provided that you are well enough, can be scheduling a free consultation to get to know the law firm and attorney and get legal advice. If you are still recovering from your injuries, you could ask for a telephone consultation. Some lawyers are also happy to visit you in the hospital to discuss your case. 

What to Look for in an MTA Subway Lawyer

Filing a lawsuit against the government is no easy feat and involves additional steps and considerations. Therefore, your prospective attorney should have experience in handling such cases, including trial experience. Other aspects you should consider before hiring an attorney include:

  • Have they handled public transit injury cases?
  • Do they work on a “no-win-no-fee” basis?
  • Have they had success at trials?
  • Are they experienced in negotiating out-of-court settlements?

Importantly, do not forget to listen to your gut feelings when choosing an attorney. You may be spending a great deal of time with them when filing a lawsuit, so make sure you feel comfortable with the person and firm you choose.

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FAQ

Where Can I Find the Best MTA Subway Accident Lawyer? – FAQ

  • Which Cases Do Subway Accident Lawyers Handle?

    Our experienced and determined MTA subway accident lawyers can handle various subway accident claims involving the negligence of the MTA or other parties. Examples of accidents our attorneys handle include:

    • Collisions and derailments
    • Driver error 
    • Excessive speed
    • Objects or debris left in tracks
    • Defective signals 
    • Failure to maintain rails and carriages
    • Mechanical failure

    A subway accident attorney from our firm can investigate your subway accident and determine all liable parties.

  • How Can I Prove My Claim Against the MTA?

    If you got injured and believe the MTA is responsible, you may think that proving your case is simple. However, as a prominent public authority, the MTA has the resources to fight your claim and can pull out all the stops to prevent responsibility and liability. Moreover, you will need to present compelling evidence showing that the MTA is liable for your accident. In addition, you must prove your damages with medical reports, receipts, and any other supporting documents.

    Proving your claim and going after what you deserve can be challenging when suing the MTA. Consider seeking the advice of an experienced lawyer who has litigated cases against government entities and can help you pursue damages.

  • Can I File a Lawsuit if I Was Attacked in the Subway?

    You could potentially file a lawsuit against the MTA if you got harmed in an attack or other crime at a station or in a subway carriage. The MTA, as a common carrier, has the duty to prevent foreseeable attacks and assaults. Therefore, if you suffered physical or emotional injuries and financial losses, you could sue the transport authority. Our MTA subway accident lawyers can determine whether you have a case and walk you through your legal options.

  • What Should I Do After a Subway Accident?

    While subway accidents are relatively rare, it is vital that you know what to do when you or your loved one experiences an accident.

    Seek Medical Advice as Soon as Possible

    Your most important step is to seek medical help immediately, even if you feel fine or have only minor symptoms. Traumatic brain injury and whiplash, for example, may not show any symptoms for days. Having a medical report detailing your injuries can also count as critical evidence when it comes to holding the MTA to account for your expenses.

    Gather Evidence for the Accident and Your Damages

    Without proof for MTA’s negligence and evidence of your injuries and expenses, it can be next to impossible to get justice. Therefore, try to gather photographs, witnesses’ contact details, accident reports, medical reports, and other evidence you can think of. Ensure you keep all receipts for out-of-pocket expenses so that you can recover adequate reimbursement for your losses. An attorney can help with gathering and organizing the evidence to prove your claim.

    Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident can be vital for protecting your legal rights. Morgan & Morgan’s first consultations are always free, allowing you to determine your options and learn about your rights. Our personal injury attorneys can assess your case, identify the liable parties, and help you move forward with a claim or lawsuit. 

  • The Best MTA Subway Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Fight for You

    Standing up against a government entity such as the MTA can seem overwhelming. However, our subway accident attorneys can work tirelessly for the best possible outcome of your case while you are free to heal and recover. We can:

    Gather Evidence

    You will need comprehensive evidence proving your case against the MTA and your damages. Our experienced attorneys know how to gather the evidence required, which can include:

    • Subway accident reports
    • Witness statements
    • Photographs and videos of the accident scene
    • Surveillance camera footage

    Negotiate With the MTA

    Our attorneys are experienced negotiators who can fight for maximum recovery so you can get your life back on track after an accident. By having an attorney in your corner, negotiating on your behalf, you do not have to worry about communicating with the MTA and potentially saying something that could harm your case. 

    Fight Strongly for You at Trial

    Most injury claims are resolved with a settlement before trial. However, if your attorney cannot agree on a fair settlement amount with the MTA, they are not afraid to take your case to trial. As America’s largest personal injury firm, we have the resources and stamina to fight for what you deserve, no matter how long it takes.

    Take the Weight off Your Shoulders

    We understand that accident victims have a lot on their minds, such as their recovery progress, healthcare bills, lost wages, and other issues. When you work with Morgan & Morgan, you do not have to worry about the legal side of your accident and struggle with complex legal paperwork or deadlines. We’ve got you, and we can be there for you every step of the way. You only pay if we win.

  • Call Us Now for Help

    If you got hurt in a New York subway accident, you must act fast or risk losing your right to seek compensation. Our MTA subway accident lawyers are ready and waiting for your call or email. Contact us now for free legal advice to find out if you have a case and qualify for compensation.

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