Many people question whether or not the New York subways are safe to use at night. Unfortunately, latest subway crime statistics for New York indicate that crime is on the rise. If you have been assaulted on a subway or witnessed an assault, you can seek legal recourse. The transit authority owes a duty of care to the people using subways. For starters, the transit authority must ensure that the stations are well maintained. Additionally, it is their responsibility to train their operators on safety. When this duty is breached, and the breach causes harm, then the victims can file for a personal injury claim against the transit authority.
If you have suffered an assault on a subway, talk to a personal injury lawyer. These lawyers will examine the merits and the circumstances surrounding your case and advice on the best way forward. It is also imperative for subway users to understand their rights and when they can file for a lawsuit.
Steps to Take After an Assault on the Subway
1. Seek Medical Attention
It is vital that you seek medical attention after getting injured on a subway. Failing to seek medical care might be construed to mean that you did not suffer injuries. It is easier to receive compensation for a claim if you have medical bills and reports to show that you were treated for injuries.
2. Collect Evidence
If you fall for instance due to a slippery floor, you can take a picture of the scene. This picture or video is admissible in court and can help you prove your claim.
3. Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer
You deserve full compensation for the injuries or assault suffered on a subway. The lawyer will determine legal liability and file the claim on your behalf. Insurance companies are also more likely to settle the claim if they see that you have a lawyer. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer is in your best interest.
Other Types of Subway Accidents
You can file for a lawsuit if you suffer injuries as a result of the following types of subway accidents.
- Operator negligence
- Subway crashes
- Sudden Stops
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Closing doors that are faulty
- Broken escalators and stairs
- Poor lighting in the subways
- Obstructed or missing warning signs
- Defective or damaged equipment
Victims who have suffered injuries due to the above incidents should consult with a lawyer. It is best to do this immediately because in most states you can only file a claim within 90 days. A lawyer will ensure that the claim is filed within this time frame for the claim to be valid.
If you have been assaulted or otherwise injured while traveling on a subway, contact Loscalzo & Loscalzo today to discuss your accident and find out if you are eligible to receive compensation. You can contact us using our online contact form, or call today at (646) 846-4776.