JAY W. DANKNER WINS $10,343,655 LANDMARK CASE AGAINST NEW YORK TRANSIT AUTHORITY
After a five-week trial in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, a jury of 5 women and 1 man ruled today against the New York City Transit Authority and awarded Michael Dion $10,343,655 for injuries associated with a fall Mr. Dion took at the #4 train subway platform at the Union Square station and was nearly crushed to death by a “gap filler”.
Compensating Injured Subway Riders Every day, New Yorkers stand at the brink of disaster while waiting for trains on subway platforms. Recent cases of subway riders being pushed to their deaths by deranged people are only the latest examples why we need a safer subway system.For years, the law firm of Dankner Milstein, P.C., has been a tenacious advocate for people who have been injured due to hazardous property conditions. With offices in New York City, New Jersey and Long Island, we represent subway riders and their families across these areas and beyond. Regardless of how you were injured, contact our lawyers for a free initial consultation to evaluate your case.
Union Square Subway Platform Accidents and Other Dangers
When a person dies or suffers a serious injury on the New York subway system, our civil justice system can do more than compensate the victim. It can also provide a powerful motivation for the New York City and the New York City Transit Authority to take a second look at subway safety.
One dangerous subway station that has been the scene of repeated NYC subway platform injuries and deaths is the 14th Street-Union Square station in Manhattan. Due to a curve in the tracks, there is a gap between the train and the platform. A grate that is designed to prevent subway riders from falling into the gap often malfunctions due to lack of maintenance.
A more widespread issue is the lack of safety barriers between platforms and trains. Many subway systems around the world use safety barriers to prevent subway riders from falling or being pushed off platforms.
Filing a Notice of Claim: Before you can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit against a municipality in New York, you must first file a notice of claim. The deadline for filing this notice is 90 days. While the deadline does not apply in every case, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible.