NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY TRAIN ACCIDENT LAWYER Train Accident Attorney In New York City Handling Commuter Accidents, Derailments and More If you are injured in any facility or by a vehicle owned or operated by the New York City Transit Authority, you MUST file a notice of claim within 90 days of the accident or your claim will be denied regardless of merit. It is essential, therefore, that you or a member of your family secure immediate and competent legal counsel as soon after the accident as possible. Trip and falls on staircases and platforms are common forms of accidents related to the New York subway system. Your location and the reason for the fall are extremely important factors in a claim for an injury sustained on the subway. It will not be sufficient for you to say you fell on a staircase unless you can identify the precise staircase and the exact nature of the defect that caused the accident. Each staircase, landing and platform is numbered. Do not move from the location unless you are in immediate danger. Call for a police officer and paramedics. Try to get the names and address of witnesses. Look around and try to determine the cause of your fall. Accidents happen, and unless you can identify a reason for the fall there will be no basis to find negligence on the Transit Authority. As with any landlord or property owner, notice of the defect is essential. For that reason, slipping on liquid, for example, may not be enough to hold the Transit Authority liable for negligence. Someone could have spilled the liquid just before you fell. Thus, the property owner would not have had sufficient notice to cure the defect. However, if you see that a pipe is leaking causing a puddle to develop this is a different situation and may provide the needed negligence with which to hold the Transit Authority liable. YOU ONLY HAVE 90 DAYS TO ACT A Notice of Claim must be filed with the Transit Authority within 90 days of the accident. If it is not filed, you cannot bring a lawsuit regardless of the merits of your case. It is essential that you or a member of your family contact our New York subway accident lawyer Paul F. Oliveri and his dedicated legal team at Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. immediately so that your rights are protected. Some of the most common causes of train accidents include: -Poor maintenance (from the tracks to the trains themselves) -Train operator error (from falling asleep at the controls, to working under the influence) -Faulty train crossing signals -Icy conditions on train platforms (slip and fall accidents are common in winter) -Unruly passengers -Poorly lighted train stations (negligent security puts people in danger) NYC TRAIN & SUBWAY ACCIDENT LAW FIRM OLIVERI & SCHWARTZ, P.C. ARE HERE TO FIGHT FOR YOU If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a subway train accident or on any subway platform or station in and around New York City, Oliveri & Schwartz, P.C. are here to FIGHT for YOU! Please call us at 800-427-9546 for a FREE case evaluation and find out what over 33 years of extensive injury law experience can do for you.