New Jersey’s subway system is a trusted, cost-efficient means of getting from place to place. However, this does not mean subways are accident-free. Unfortunately, passengers usually cannot protect themselves in these accidents, and they are very often injured as a result. This is why those injured generally seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, and more. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:
What are the primary causes of subway accidents?
When subways are not properly manufactured or maintained, accidents are almost inevitable. Some of the many potential subway hazards are as follows:
- People being dragged under the trail
- Electrical injuries due to malfunctions
- Obstructed walkways
- Poor lighting
- Trip and falls in the stations or on the platform due to ice, snow, or any other hazardous conditions
- Doors closing too soon
- Robberies and other criminal activity due to poor subway security
- Broken escalators
- Broken stairs or platforms
- Sudden stops
- Turnstyle injuries
- Operator negligence
What injuries are most commonly sustained in subway accidents?
Subway accidents have spawned serious, gruesome injuries that have successfully recovered financial compensation in the past. Some of these injuries are as follows:
- Traumatic head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Death or paralysis
- Ligament, tendon and muscle injuries
- Bone fractures or breaks
- Back injuries
- Burns or dismemberment
How do I recover financial compensation?
Before recovering financial compensation, you must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. However, you should know that in a New Jersey subway accident, you must file a Notice of Claim within 90 days of your accident. Failing to do may result in you being denied financial compensation. Do yourself a favor and hire an experienced attorney who is ready to get the ball rolling.
How do I prove I was injured due to another party’s negligence?
You and your attorney may work to recover security camera footage of your accident, as this is generally the most direct way to prove your claim. However, you may also use pictures of the safety hazard, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports, medical documentation detailing the extent of your injuries, and more. Do not suffer alone. Contact an aggressive attorney who will fight for your rights.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
The law firm of Mattleman, Weinroth & Miller, P.C., is composed of experienced defense attorneys throughout the state of New Jersey. We understand the severity and immediacy of all personal injury claims and additional legal matters, and we provide each of our clients with compassionate and aggressive legal assistance, every step of the way. Please contact our office for a free initial consultation and get any questions answered regarding your legal case.