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Sunday, July 16, 2017

NYC Subway Crisis: "Summer of Hell" Goes from Delays to Danger

Q: Can I sue for injuries in a subway derailment accident?

New York City commuters have grit. Whether attempting to avoid an automobile accident above ground, or venturing into the bowels of the city’s subway system, navigating Manhattan is often like an accident waiting to happen.

In New York City, personal injury lawsuits are literally on – or under –every corner.

City straphangers have had their patience tried of late when subjected to nearly constant and frustrating delays to their daily commutes due to the aging infrastructure of New York City's mass public transit system. Recently complaints about breakdowns and long delays were abruptly replaced by concerns that the outdated system is not just inconvenient, but may be downright dangerous as well.

A few dozen subway riders were injured when the southbound A subway train recently derailed in Manhattan. Reportedly, "the train careened off the tracks after its emergency brakes were activated", plunging some injured riders into panic as witnesses described the lights going out, the doors jamming shut, and the cars filling with smoke.

According to the preliminary investigation, the cause of the derailment was "an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that had been stored on the tracks". In addition to sending 17 injured riders to local hospitals, the derailment caused severe and extensive track and signal equipment damage—and even more long-term delays and inconvenience for other riders.

In a personal injury action, a victim who has been injured as a result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional actions or inactions of another person or entity may be entitled to compensatory damages for their current and future medical costs, current and future lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more, depending on the circumstances of each case.

If you or a loved one has been injured while using New York City public mass transit, or in any other accident, the Goldstein Law Firm can help. Call us today at 718-239-0239 for a free consultation to evaluate your claim. From our offices in the Bronx, we serve clients throughout New York as well as those injured while visiting New York.

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