Subway Hazards

The New York City subway system boasts the largest number of public transit subway stations in the world. Each year millions utilize New York City and New Jersey subways. But ongoing safety issues have put countless individuals at risk for injury and death.

The accidents that occur most often in subways and railways are slip and falls and impact with heavy machinery or falling objects. More often than not, injuries that occur in subways could have been prevented with proper maintenance, adequate staffing, and/or safety protocols.

Slip and falls are usually the result of unattended liquids, spills that were not attended to, or missing caution signs near wet areas. A slip and fall accident can range from mild to severe, with common injuries including cuts, bruises, and lacerations. Severe falls often result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and even death.

The sudden impact of heavy machinery can pose a danger to commuters and workers alike. When a moving train car makes impact with another train, outside equipment, or a pedestrian, the outcome is often devastating.

The MTA publishes a monthly report, tallying the total number of “major incidents” on subways. Since May of 2017, there has been at least 50 and as many as 105 major incidents on MTA subways.  If you suffered a serious injury on a subway contact us today.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP