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How to know if you can fight for damages after a subway accident

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2019 | Personal Injury |

Over 4 million people ride the subway in New York every day. A major accident has the potential to harm many. You may assume you can seek compensation for your injuries after a physical fall or car accident. If there is an incident on the state’s largest and busiest mode of transportation, you can also fight for damages instead of falling silent. The New York City Transit Authority has paid over $400 million to injured riders in a recent five-year period.

An accident must meet certain requirements to increase the possibility of receiving payment.

Provide proof of injury

You must prove to the courts that you suffered pain as a result of somebody’s negligence. Every case is different. One person, for example, may suffer a bone fracture when a subway door closes too soon and another may get a concussion if a train derails.

Strong evidence of an injury includes medical documents, police reports, witnesses, pictures and camera footage. Cases may involve one person or many that want to sue after a mass accident. It is a good idea to save every piece of evidence possible to increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

Fight for a settlement

Judges determine settlements on a case-by-case basis. Financial compensation can help victims pay for medical costs, replace lost wages or relieve the emotional stress of their injury.

There is a statute of limitations for subway personal injury cases in New York. You have 90 days to file a notice of claim against a municipality and one year and 90 days against the New York City Transit Authority. The process that follows to receive compensation is often long, so you must have patience if you decide to start a case. It is also a good idea to file a notice of claim as soon as possible after an injury.

You do not have to suffer a subway injury alone. It may be possible to obtain peace of mind through financial compensation.