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How do you bring a claim against New York City?

In the wake of the recent crash of a Long Island Rail Road train, New York City officials may be anticipating an uptick in municipal lawsuits.

The train derailed at 8:30 a.m. local time on a recent Wednesday. Over 100 rush hour commuters were injured. Fortunately, none of the injured passengers suffered life-threatening injuries, although 11 did seek hospital treatment.

According to the initial investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the train failed to stop on time, hitting a bumping block and derailing. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority reached a similar conclusion, stating that it was probably the engineer’s responsibility to bring the train to a stop before it hit the bumper. Since the train had been approaching a downtown Brooklyn terminal, it was traveling at a fairly slow speed when it derailed.

New York City’s public transportation system is admittedly massive. Yet size is no excuse for breaching the duty of care that the city owes to every train passenger. If negligent operation of the public transportation system results in injuries, victims may seek compensation. Through the doctrine of respondeat superior, a negligent train or subway operator’s actions might be imputed to the employer after the crash.

Our New York City based personal injury law firm has helped clients who were injured in many different types of municipal accidents. We know how to bring municipal tort claims against the Metropolitan Transit Authority after a mass transit accident. However, it is important that victims do not delay in seeking out legal representation. There are statutory rules and deadlines that apply to claims against the City of New York.

Source: Reuters, “New York train crash injures more than 100 commuters,” Jonathan Oatis, Jan. 5, 2017

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