BROOKLYN, NY – A blind MTA passenger is in stable condition after falling between two F train cars at a subway stop in Brooklyn.
Police say the man, who is in his 50s, did not suffer serious injuries. Emergency responders took him to Methodist Hospital for treatment.
The accident occurred at the 15th Street-Prospect Park station at approximately 2:20 pm on Sunday, April 12. Observers noticed that the man was walking with the aid of a white cane, and fell between subway cars after he apparently mistook the gap in the couplings for an open door.
Firefighters and transit police arrived at the scene to find the man trapped beneath the train. They ordered an emergency shut-off to the power for the third rail and were able to safely extricate the man and place him on a waiting gurney.
The incident led to a delay of at least thirty minutes, which the NYPD Transit Bureau is currently investigating.
Legal Claims and Compensation Following Subway Accidents
The subway system in New York is one of the most extensive in the world, and the New York City Metro Transit Authority has more than 8 million daily riders and more than 2.4 billion riders each year.
Subway accidents happen frequently, and if you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, you could be eligible to pursue compensation for your injuries and other losses. If the city or transit authorities failed to keep the premises reasonably safe from hazards, or if one of their employees caused you harm, they could owe you fair compensation for what you’ve been through. Some common injury claims include:
- Improperly closing doors
- Unsafe train speeds or braking
- Negligent repairs or maintenance
- Failure to maintain subway staircases
- Failure to clear ice or snow from platforms and stairs
- Failure to prevent injuries on train cars
- Failure to prevent electrocution on malfunctioning cars or rails
Because your claim will likely be filed against the municipal agency, there are strict time limits and rules for filing a claim.
The experienced attorneys of Finz & Finz, P.C., are ready to fight for the justice our clients deserve. If you or someone you love has been injured in an MTA accident, contact us today to begin a free consultation with one of our New York subway accident lawyers.