Transit Authorities

The New York City Transit Authority and Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the busiest and largest transportation authority in North America. Millions of people utilize these organizations in their daily lives. Many commuters ride the subway, Metro North, Long Island Railroad, Amtrak, 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; these organizations 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. These organizations can also 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. In fact, these organizations can be held liable for negligent security if an assault, rape, or robbery occurs within their premises.

The New York City Transit Authority and 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.

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 50-h hearing must be held prior to the commencement of a lawsuit. To successfully litigate these types of cases, an attorney must have a full understanding of the transportation law and their regulatory agencies.

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 an attorney from the outset of your claim so we may ensure that you can recover for the full value of your injuries due to the negligence of these organizations.

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 protect your legal rights.

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 between the train and the platform. 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 dollars for pain and suffering.

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