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Who is Responsible for Slip and Fall Injuries on Train Platforms?
Did You Slip and Fall on the Platform?
Public and private property owners have an obligation to maintain property in a reasonably safe condition and to warn of potential dangers. If a person is injured due to the owner's negligence, the owner may be liable for the injuries.
When the injury occurs on railroad property, there may be multiple liable parties involved, including the city or state and private contractors. Your attorney must have experience with these complex train accident cases.
I am personal injury trial lawyer Ira M. Maurer. I have handled railroad passenger injury claims involving Amtrak, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Long Island Railroad (LIRR) and Metro-North Commuter Railroad as well as New Jersey Transit Rail and PATH (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey) and many other railroads in the Northeast. You can rely on my experience with complex railroad injury claims as well as my skill as a negotiator and trial attorney.
What to Do After Falling Accident on Train Platform
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Passengers injured on the train platform need to report their injuries to the MTA police or local police to ensure that they receive appropriate compensation. If you suffer an injury at the station and do not report it, the railroad's claim department and lawyers will say your injury did not happen on railroad property.
Common Injuries from Train Platform Accidents
Slip-and-fall accidents are the most common accidents on train platforms. When people slip, trip and fall due to a dangerous surface, they can hit their heads and suffer brain injuries. Or, they may fall and suffer back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, knee injuries and shoulder injuries.
Common Causes of Train Platform Accidents
Some of the most frequent causes of these injuries include:
- Snow, ice or water on the platform
- Falling into the gap between platform and train
- Falling onto the tracks
- Inadequate lighting
- Inadequate warning signs
Who Is Liable for a Train or Subway Accident?
In order to determine who is liable for your injury or other damages, your attorney spends a considerable amount of time investigating the cause of the accident. Sometimes, it may be the transportation company that runs the train, subway, and property. Sometimes, it may be a third party, such as another passenger or person in the area, who was responsible for the accident. For example, if someone's conduct was negligent or wrongful, and you were injured as a result, they may be liable for the damages to which you are entitled.
What are the Most Common Causes of Train and Subway Accidents in New York?
According to statistics, train and subway accidents are relatively common. Between January and August of 2021, 47 fatalities occurred in such accidents, and that is just within New York City. Statistics also indicate that more people are injured in train and subway accidents each year than are killed, and more injuries occur in non-collision accidents. Some of the non-collision accidents that are commonly reported include:
- Falls while on board a train or subway
- Being pushed onto train or subway tracks, either intentionally or accidentally
- Contact with an electric rail
- Slips and falls on train platforms or within the station
- Doors of the train or subway closing too quickly
- Train malfunctions
If you or someone you love was involved in any type of train or subway accident, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your resulting medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and other damages. To file a claim, you will need to prove that someone else—whether it was another person, the train operator or subway company, a municipal agency, or some other entity—was at fault and/or legally liable for your damages.
What Damages Can be Claimed for a Train Platform Accident in New York?
It is wise to speak to an experienced injury attorney if you've experienced an accident on a train or train platform. You may be entitled to compensation for a variety of damages. The most common categories of damages include:
- Economic damages. These include lost wages, the cost of medical visits, medications, surgery, rehabilitation, and property damage
- Non-economic damages. These include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, mental anguish, and loss of companionship or relationship.
Common Causes of Train Platform Accidents
Speak with an attorney today to ensure that you do not miss the deadline for filing a Notice of Claim on the railroad.
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