Category Archives: Brooklyn Slip & Fall Lawyer

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What New Yorkers Should Know About Slip-and-Fall Accidents at Subway Stations


Posted on April 19, 2019 by

The New York City subway has over 660 miles of track in passenger service, which is essential for getting us to work and around the city every day. Millions of New Yorkers and tourists rely on this MTA service, but it can also pose serious safety risks in the form of slip-and-fall accidents.

Here is some information about what causes slip-and-fall accidents at subway stations, who is liable for injuries sustained here, and what the MTA’s role is in maintaining NYC subway stations.

Common Sources of Subway Accidents

Subway stations can be some of the most dangerous places in the city, especially during inclement weather and for people with coordination or balance issues. Subway station stairs pose risks when they are wet, slippery, or very crowded with commuters. Individuals can also get injured at subway stations due to malfunctioning turnstiles, uneven platforms, cracked concrete, and littered walkways.

Who Is Liable for Subway Station Accidents?

Some people mistakenly think that any accident that happens at a subway station is automatically the fault of the MTA since the accident occurred on MTA property. However, some accidents are deemed to be out of the MTA’s control, such as the intentional or criminal action of another person at the subway station. The MTA cannot control the weather or where people decide to toss their trash, but it can control how it warns people about hazardous conditions and cleans up messes inside stations.

Premise liability cases against the city-owned MTA can be challenging to prove, especially when you’re going up against such a powerful entity. This is why you need an experienced local lawyer on your side to help you navigate the legal system to your advantage after a slip-and-fall accident.

Role of the MTA in Maintaining Subway Stations

Although the MTA cannot be held responsible for all slip-and-fall accidents that take place at subway stations, it still has a legal responsibility to keep stations safe and properly maintained. This means that MTA employees must post warning signs about station repairs or weather conditions that could pose hazards, and they must clear snow and debris from stairs in a timely manner.

To pursue a personal injury case against the MTA, you and your attorney must be able prove that the MTA breached its duty to properly maintain a subway station, that the MTA’s breach caused your fall, and that you were injured because of that accident.

When to Contact a NYC Subway Accident Lawyer

The longer you wait after a slip-and-fall accident at a subway station, the harder it will be to prove your case and recover damages to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Law Office of Jeffery K. Kestenbaum is here to help you gain compensation for all the financial losses you’ve suffered due to the negligence of the MTA. We will collect all of the evidence necessary to build a case and take on the MTA and the City of New York to ensure that justice is served.

You don’t have to suffer in pain and struggle through the legal process on your own. Contact us day or night at 718-237-5586 or send us a message to discuss your rights and get a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

 

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Slip and Fall Accidents Due to Sidewalk Defects


Posted on February 20, 2019 by

In New York City, slip and fall accidents can be caused by many things, including icy walkways, doorway obstructions, and medical conditions that affect a person’s balance. However, sidewalk defects are also a major cause of these injuries, which can be devasting and costly for unsuspecting pedestrians who fall victim to unsafe and unmaintained sidewalks.

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The Serious Dangers of Senior Slip and Fall Accidents


Posted on January 29, 2019 by

Snowy and icy winter weather brings on an increase in slip and fall accidents, especially among senior citizens in New York City. According to the New York State Department of Health, falls are the top cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and injury-related deaths among people over the age of 65. The prevalence of the slip and fall accident is on the rise in our state too, with 304 ER visits, 143 hospitalizations, and three deaths – all due to falls – among seniors each day in a recent year.

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Cycling in NYC: Statistics to Inform Your Bicycle Commute


Posted on November 30, 2018 by

In 2017 the NYC Department of Transportation released their Safer Cycling: Bicycle Ridership and Safety in New York City study that analyzes growth of cycling and NYC’s bicycle network, noting that as the number of regular bicyclists has increased, cycling has grown dramatically safer.”

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Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations in New York


Posted on June 28, 2018 by

If you suffer a slip and fall accident at a store or restaurant, you will likely be seriously injured. You may suffer a broken arm, back pain or even head trauma. If you were in this situation, you would likely attempt to file a lawsuit against the liable party.

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Safe Driving in the Holiday Season


Posted on December 20, 2017 by

Holiday car accidents can really take the joy out of the Christmas season. But with winter weather and people drinking and driving, it’s something you need to be concerned about. This is the deadliest season to be driving, so if you must be out on the roads this time of year, make sure you drive safely.

The holidays can be hectic, but instead of speeding on the roadways, slow down and take a little extra time to get to your destination. Here are some other tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season, as well as sometimes to avoid driving.

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The Dangers of Slipping on Black Ice


Posted on December 11, 2017 by

This time of year is dangerous when it comes to walking and driving. Winter weather conditions can lead to icy sidewalks and roads. These can be dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Cars and bicycles have no traction on ice, while pedestrians can slip and fall on ice and suffer back and head injuries and even die.

Not everyone can see black ice, which makes it especially dangerous. Black ice forms in rainy weather, when the air’s surface is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain freezes once it hits the ground, creating ice. When the ice or snow melts and then freezes again, it creates black ice.

Read on to learn about where to find black ice, how to stay safe and what the law says about liability for slipping on ice injuries.

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Wet Floor Safety Regulations


Posted on October 27, 2017 by

Wet floors can be a scary situation for employees and customers alike. After all, wet floors are the most common cause of slips, trips, and falls. They also cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths.

If you’re an employee, a resident or a property manager, it’s important to understand wet floor regulations so that you can take action if you have been a victim of a slip and fall.

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Stair Accidents: Unsafe Stairways and Identifying Negligence


Posted on October 14, 2017 by

Slips and falls are common accidents. They can happen in stairways, parking lots, hallways, elevators, escalators, apartment buildings, supermarkets and even private properties. Broken stairs and steps are often a common cause of slips and falls.

Stairways are not as safe as you think. Believe it or not, there are about two dozen ways in which stairs and steps can be dangerous. The next time you have to climb steps, you’ll want to think twice before you get too confident and start skipping steps or running down the stairway.

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