New York City’s subway system is one of the world’s largest, with more stations than any other system. It serves millions of passengers every day, and the vast majority of them get to their destinations without a problem. Occasionally, however, subway riders are injured – whether it’s getting up or down to the subway platform, on or off the cars, or while their train is starting, stopping, or moving. If you’ve been injured anywhere in the subway system, you may be entitled to compensation as a result – but only if you follow certain steps to ensure you don’t lose your right to recover.
Seek Medical Attention Promptly
It may seem simplistic to say that you should get medical help if you’re injured in the NYC subway system, but it’s important for several reasons. One, of course, is that you don’t want to live with an untreated injury for any longer than you have to. Another, however, is that a doctor will help you document the type of injury you’ve suffered, which will be helpful if you file a claim against the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). And finally, if you don’t seek medical help, the MTA may argue that you aggravated your injury by failing to get it treated and that the MTA should not be held responsible for that.
File a Claim Notice with the MTA
You must also file a Personal Injury Claim Form with the MTA within 90 days of your injury. If you don’t, you may lose your right to recover against the MTA for your injuries. Filing this form with the MTA is the first step to recovering compensation for your injuries; in rare occasions, the MTA may investigate your claim and offer to settle it, but in most cases, you’ll then have 90 days plus one year to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the MTA.
How Campson Law Can Help
What you put on your Personal Injury Claim Form can affect your ability to recover against the MTA. While the form seems relatively straightforward, you don’t want to risk mistakenly describing the incident in a way that can make it more difficult for you to recover if there is a lawsuit. This is why you need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. Paul J. Campson has decades of experience representing clients in personal injury cases involving the MTA and other New York City agencies. He understands the law in this area and how to advocate for the largest settlement possible for his clients. When the MTA doesn’t settle, he knows the ins and outs of taking a case to trial.
If you’ve been injured in the NYC subway system, call the lawyers at Campson & Campson today at (212) 302-1180, or reach out through the firm’s online contact form to schedule a free case evaluation.