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Though the subway is often an efficient way to get from place to place, nobody in New York pretends the subway system is completely safe. However, oftentimes, people have no choice but to ride it, and if they are injured or harmed in some way, they will generally seek financial compensation to help with their recovery. If this has happened to you, please read on and speak with our experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about how we can help you through the legal process going forward:

What causes subway accidents?

Subway accidents can be caused by several different factors, however, they are very commonly traced back to negligence. Some of the most frequent causes of subway accidents include electrocutions, turnstile injuries, collisions, derailments, doors closing too soon, sudden stops and starts, robberies due to a lack of security, and more.

How do I know if I am entitled to financial compensation after a subway accident?

Suing a municipality can be difficult, so the first thing you should do is hire an attorney who knows how to recover the compensation you deserve. Once you do, your attorney will begin working to collect and present evidence on your behalf. Some of the most valuable types of evidence for proving personal injury claims can include pictures or videos of the accident as it happened, witness statements confirming your claim, police reports of the incident, medical documentation detailing the origin and extent of your injuries, and more.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a subway-related injury?

Generally, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York is three years, which means you are granted three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. However, when you are suing a municipality, you will have to first file a Notice of Claim within 90 days, and from there, you will have 1 year and 90 days to file a lawsuit against the municipality.

Rather obviously, this is a far smaller timeframe than standard personal injury lawsuits, so it is crucial you retain the legal assistance of an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the personal injury claims process. We are ready to help fight for the compensation you need.

Contact our experienced New York City firm

If you have been injured in a New York City car 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 an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


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