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Subways are a part of almost everybody’s life who lives in New York City. Even if you’re just visiting, there is a very good chance you will take a subway. Generally, New Yorkers regard subways as a quick and reliable means to get from point A to point B. However, this is not always the case, and when an accident happens, passengers are very often injured as a result. If you have been injured in a subway accident, you are most likely now looking into recovering financial compensation to cover the cost of your medical bills, in-home care, and more. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most frequent causes of subway accidents?

Subway accidents can be caused by any number of reasons, including, though not limited to:

  • Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform
  • Derailments
  • Doors closing too soon
  • Sudden stops
  • Turnstyle injuries
  • Operator negligence
  • People being dragged under the trail
  • Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
  • Obstructed walkways
  • Collisions
  • Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
  • Broken escalators
  • Broken stairs or platforms

What injuries have recovered financial compensation in the past?

Some injuries sustained in subway accidents are as follows:

  • Back injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Burns or dismemberment
  • Traumatic head injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Death or paralysis
  • Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
  • Bone fractures or breaks

How do I recover financial compensation?

To recover financial compensation, you must prove you were injured due to another party’s negligence. Hiring an experienced attorney can help you establish and present the most convincing claim possible when the time comes.

How do I prove another party’s negligence?

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to prove another party’s negligence. Your attorney may work to recover security camera footage of your accident, as this is generally seen as one of the most straightforward means of doing so. However, your attorney may also provide pictures of the hazardous conditions, witness statements, police reports, medical documents detailing the severity of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations for a New York subway accident case?

In New York, you have 90 days from the date of your accident to file a Notice of Claim. From here, you have one year and 90 days from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit with the New York City Transit Authority. Failing to do so may result in you losing your right to sue.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


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Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


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