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Queens Subway Accident LawyerHave you recently been hurt in a subway accident in Queens, NY? Whether you were struck by a train or injured as a passenger, you may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries and suffering. The experienced Queens subway accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC can help you maximize your financial award.

Since 2012, our acclaimed trial attorneys have helped injury victims in Queens and across New York City win hundreds of millions of dollars. We understand just how important it is for you to win your case, and we’ll fight tirelessly to make that happen.

Contact our law office serving Queens, New York, or give us a call at (347) 507-3884 to learn more. We offer a free case evaluation, so give us a call to arrange a time for your today.

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Subway Accident

How Our Queens Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Subway Accident

The subway is a great way to get around Queens and other boroughs in NYC, but it’s not always the safest. And when there is an accident, it can be tough to know why it happened and who’s at fault.

When you’re struggling with serious injuries, these aren’t the kind of things you need to be focused on.

When you turn to our personal injury lawyers in Queens for help, we’ll take care of your fight for compensation. You’ll have the opportunity you need and deserve to concentrate on your mental health and physical recovery.

Our award-winning attorneys will handle every aspect of your New York subway injury case:

  • Gather evidence, including video footage, photographs of the scene and your injuries, accident reports, witness statements, maintenance records, and more
  • Investigate the subway train accident to figure out the cause(s) and who’s liable
  • Obtain reports from local, state, and/or federal investigative agencies that have looked into the accident (if applicable)
  • Pursue compensation from anyone who shares responsibility for your injuries
  • Negotiate with the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), insurance companies, and other parties on your behalf

If you aren’t offered a fair settlement, our respected trial attorneys will be prepared to take your case to court. We’re tough negotiators, but we do our best work in the courtroom. Our goal is to get you the best result – no matter the time, resources, and manpower necessary.

Our subway accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no upfront cost to hire our law firm and get the top-rated legal representation you deserve. Give us a call to schedule a time for your free consultation now.

How Common Are Subway Accidents?

There are at least 81 subway stations in the borough of Queens, alone. Those service at least 11 different subway lines. The MTA’s subway system moves tens of thousands of people through the borough every day. Accidents, as a result, aren’t uncommon.

In 2020, there were at least 169 crashes involving trains and people. A total of 63 of those accidents were fatal. This was during a year when ridership was down and people actively avoided mass transit and public transportation, too.

In 2021, almost 50 people were killed in subway collisions in the first eight months of the year.

Additionally, thousands more suffer injuries in accidents on subway trains without colliding or derailing.

What Causes Most Subway Train Accidents in Queens?

The subway is a popular way to get to and through Queens. However, like any mode of transportation where you put your own safety in someone else’s hands, it’s not always the safest. While the Metropolitan Transit Authority is regulated by federal and state law and subway car operators receive extensive training, accidents still happen.

Most often, subway accidents are a result of:

  • Operator negligence and human error (speeding, distraction, drugs and alcohol, reckless decisions, failure to signal or apply brakes)
  • subway train malfunction or defect
  • Negligent hiring
  • Reckless passengers
  • Track defects
  • Inadequate train or track maintenance
  • Dangerous conditions and hazards at Queens subway stations
  • Suicides (trespasser)

When there is a subway accident – either a train, involving a train, or at a subway station – it’s important to identify every possible cause. That’s why our attorneys will carefully evaluate your accident and gather any piece of evidence that could be relevant. We’ll work hard to reconstruct the situation, identify the cause(s), and then move forward with legal actions against anyone who contributed.

How Much Money Is My Subway Accident Case Worth?

No two subway accident injury cases are alike. Every accident is different, and so is every victim. So, value can vary significantly from one case to the next.

In order to know what your case might be worth, you have to consider a number of different factors.

These include:

  • The extent of your injuries
  • How your injuries will impact your life in the long term
  • Whether you’re still able to work and support yourself financially
  • The trauma and anguish you’ve experienced because of the subway accident
  • Whether the accident has caused any pre-existing medical conditions to worsen
  • If you share any blame or responsibility for the subway accident

The more catastrophic the injury, the more a related personal injury case tends to be worth. However, don’t underestimate your case just because your injuries aren’t life-threatening. Even moderate injuries and trauma can cause pain and fundamentally change the course of your life forever.

Speak with our experienced Queens personal injury attorneys to discuss the specifics of your subway injury claim. We’ll review the facts, evaluate available evidence, and give you some preliminary guidance on how much money you could potentially get for your injuries. Give us a call to arrange a time for a free case evaluation now.

What Damages Can I Get If I’ve Been Hurt in a Subway Accident in Queens, New York?

Whether you’ve been in a slip and fall accident at a Queens subway station or hurt onboard a subway car, you can potentially recover compensation for your economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are paid to offset the monetary costs of your subway accident, such as:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Ongoing medical care and medical bills
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Lost benefits
  • Nursing care and assistance

Non-economic damages are awarded for making up for the costs of a subway derailment or collision that don’t have a set financial value, like:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Embarrassment
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

If there’s clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted maliciously malicious or displayed a reckless disregard for your safety, then punitive damages may also be available.

Subway Accidents Can Result in Severe, Life-Threatening Injuries or Death

Dozens of people are killed in NYC subway accidents every year. Thousands more sustain injuries in slips and falls and accidents onboard the commuter trains. No matter the extent of your injuries, Oresky & Associates, PLLC will be there to help you fight to recover compensation.

Call us for assistance if, after a subway accident in Queen, you’ve sustained:

  • Broken bones
  • Burn injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Nerve damage
  • Crushing injury
  • Trauma to the eyes or face
  • Vision or hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Concussion
  • Whiplash
  • Neck injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back injury
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Wrongful death of a loved one, and more.

Always seek medical care immediately after an accident involving a subway train in Queens. Prompt treatment can significantly reduce the risk of complications or death.

Additionally, the less time between the accident and formal documentation of your injuries, the better. You don’t want to give anyone a reason to argue that your injuries are unrelated to the accident or have gotten worse in the time between when the accident happened, and you sought medical treatment.

How Long Do I Have to File a Subway Accident Lawsuit in Queens, New York?

Typically, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits in New York State is three years. However, things work a bit differently when a government agency like the MTA is involved. You’ll have just 90 days to file a special administrative claim with the government agency in many subway accident cases.

Once you’ve done that, you will have preserved the right to file a civil action within three years if you and the MTA are unable to resolve the dispute.

Keep in mind that fatal subway accidents are subject to a two-year deadline.

If you miss the statute of limitations that applies to your case, you’ll give up the right to file a claim and get the money that you deserve.

Schedule a Free Consultation With a Queens Subway Accident Lawyer Today

Don’t let the MTA, their insurance company, or negligent third parties push you to settle for less. Fight to get all of the compensation you deserve after a devastating accident on the subway in Queens. Better yet, let the Queens subway accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates, PLLC fight for you.

We’ve won over $400 Million (and counting) for our clients, and we’re ready to work to get the best results for you. Put 30+ years of experience in your corner. Give our law office a call to learn more. Your first consultation, as always, is 100 percent free.

 

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