Subway trains are a popular and convenient mode of transportation. However, the subway station can also sometimes be a place where you might suffer from a slip and fall accident. If this is what happened to you, the best way to find out if you have a case is to consult with a personal injury attorney.
The First Steps to Take After Your Injuries
Before contacting an attorney after your accident you will want to immediately seek medical treatment for your injuries. You will not know how seriously you have been injured until you have been seen by a doctor. The medical records that result from this visit will be necessary to prove that you were injured. You may also need a note from your doctor stating that your injuries were caused by the subway accident.
If you are too injured to move, simply wait for paramedics to arrive. However, if you are able to move, there are some actions you can take that might help you win your case. For example, take photographs of the scene of the accident and your injuries. For example, if you hit your head and it is now bleeding, take a picture of the head wound.
Write down everything that happened and speak to witnesses if you can. Ask your witnesses to recount what they saw, to provide you with their name and contact information, and whether they would like to serve as witnesses.
How to Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
Then, it's time to meet with a personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The first goal of your attorney will be to find out why you became injured and who was responsible for the accident. Even if you were not able to gather evidence from the scene of the accident, your personal injury attorney may be able to track down witnesses and find evidence at the subway station.
Subway Accident Injuries Caused By the Transit Authority
If the subway station was not properly maintained and you became injured as a result, you may be able to file a claim with the transit authority. For example, if the subway car moved suddenly or a walkway was obstructed, and you tripped, fell, and injured yourself as a result, you will have to file a Notice of Claim. This must be done within the statute of limitations. A personal injury attorney can help you make sure that your claim is successful.