Transit Claim Attorneys in New York
The team of attorneys at Leav & Steinberg LLP has extensive experience handling transit claims. The New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are the busiest and largest transportation authorities in North America, and millions of people utilize these organizations every day. Many commuters ride the subway, Metro-North, Long Island Railroad, Amtrak, and PATH, and never think twice about the legal duties that these organizations and their employees owe to them. These organizations have a legal obligation to protect their passengers and have a duty of care in all aspects of how they operate. These transit authorities can be negligent in causing harm to another as the result of transportation accidents involving buses, subways, or trains.
How Do You Know If You Have a Transit Claim?
The New York City Transit Authority and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be held liable for any negligent maintenance or operation that results in injury to a passenger. In order to determine if you have a viable claim, it is important to discuss the facts of your particular case with a lawyer trained specifically to handle claims against these entities.
If you or a loved one have a transit claim, it's crucial that you contact an attorney as soon as possible. Claims against the transit authorities have strict deadlines and conditions precedent that must be met, otherwise a claim will be denied. A notice of claim must be filed within 90 days of the incident, and, in most instances, a 50-h hearing must be held prior to the commencement of a lawsuit.
You also need to remember that these organizations have investigators who quickly gather evidence as they prepare to mount a defense against your claim before you ever have an opportunity to consult with an attorney. For these reasons, it is extremely important to consult with one of our attorneys from the outset of your claim so that we may help you recover the full value of your injuries due to the negligence of these organizations.
Different Types of Transit Claims
New York City public transit organizations can be held liable for negligence if accidents occur within their premises. For instance, a passenger can be injured as the result of a faulty turnstile, by tripping and falling on a broken subway platform, by tripping and falling down broken steps leading into a subway station, or as the result of poor lighting, electrocution, or hidden debris. These organizations can also be held liable for negligent security if an assault, rape, or robbery occurs within their premises.
Let Leav & Steinberg Assist You
At Leav & Steinberg, we perform a thorough and expedient investigation into the facts of your case in order to preserve evidence and locate eyewitnesses that are critical to proving your case. We are prepared to prosecute your case through trial and take on the largest opponents to help protect your legal rights.
Our team has extensive experience in transit negligence cases. For example, in one case against the New York City Transit Authority, we obtained a $1,500,000 verdict for a 51-year-old female who was boarding a New York City train at a station in the Bronx when she slipped in between the train and the platform, resulting in her leg being crushed. The train car was air-lifted off her leg, and she was ultimately diagnosed and treated for a crush injury to the nerves of her leg. She also was diagnosed with Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD). After a trial on liability where the jury found the Transit Authority 100% responsible, a second jury awarded her $1.5 million for pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to negligence on a New York City bus, subway, or train, contact the team at Leav & Steinberg as soon as possible. To request a free consultation, give us a call at 212-766-5222 today.