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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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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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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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Slip and Fall Injuries at Brooklyn Playgrounds


Posted on July 14, 2017 by

New York parents take their kids to the local playgrounds to release pent-up energy and play with friends. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be a fun day sometimes ends up as a scary visit to the emergency room.

Playgrounds are often the scene of childhood accidents such as slip and fall injuries. Falls are the leading cause of injuries among children. Children can fall off slides and other equipment, causing head trauma and other serious injuries.

Depending on how the accident occurred, your child could be at fault for his or her injuries. If this is the case, then you likely would not be able to recover compensation. However, if a third party caused your child’s injuries, then you have a possible lawsuit. Learn more about common playground dangers and what you can do if your child is injured.

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Explore NYC with Child Friendly Winter Family Activities


Posted on November 30, 2016 by

The temperatures are dropping and soon the snow will be falling, but that doesn’t mean you and your family need to hibernate all winter long! This is a magical time to be in New York City, whether you’ve lived here all your life, are new in town, or just visiting for the weekend.

With busy holiday celebrations and increased stress and travel, both kids and adults can benefit from outdoor exercise in the winter to keep moving and appreciate the beauty of the season. Here are some fun and family-friendly ways to get outside and explore our amazing city all winter long.

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What to do After a Sidewalk or Stairwell Accident


Posted on July 19, 2016 by

Who doesn’t love going to a New York water park or beach on a hot summer day? But what if your fun in the sun is decimated with a fall on an uneven sidewalk? Or perhaps a fall on some stairs occurs because insufficient handrails are available. That’s when it’s time to call the experienced accident attorneys at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum.

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Who is at fault when I slip and fall in a public park?

What Happens if I Trip and Fall in a Public Park


Posted on May 31, 2016 by

While parks are great places for picnics, spending time with the family or having a barbecue in the outdoors, an injury can happen on the property. Limbs from trees can come crashing down, a child may fall into a pool, or a person may trip and fall on uneven ground. For these reasons, it is important to know who may be liable for an injury suffered in a park and to understand how to pursue a lawsuit if the park is privately or publicly owned.

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