While subway accidents are rare in comparison to other accident types, such as motor vehicle accidents, they do happen. These accidents can cause injury to a single person or many, and may result in passengers’ deaths. Acting quickly after a subway accident occurs is critical to recovering damages. Following these steps after a subway accident can help to ensure that you get your full compensation amount.
1. Hire an Attorney Immediately
Hiring a personal injury attorney who knows the law and understands sovereign immunity rules is a key aspect of filing a claim. An attorney can immediately begin to gather evidence about the accident, especially if hired immediately. From witness testimony to video footage to police reports, the more an attorney can collect, the stronger your claim will be. Of course, an attorney will also be essential later on in the process when it’s time to prove damages and negotiate a settlement amount.
2. Get Medical Treatment for Injuries
There are multiple reasons why you need to seek medical treatment for injuries as soon as you can following a subway accident. In addition to the obvious — that medical treatment can help to improve your injuries — medical treatment is also important for filing a claim. The sooner that you start documenting that an injury has occurred and that the injury is directly related to the subway accident, the more evidence you will have for proving damages.
3. Know Your Time Limits for Filing
All claims must be filed within a certain amount of time. For a personal injury claim in Pennsylvania that does not involve a public entity or service, that statute is two years. For claims that do involve a government service, like SEPTA, notice of filing a claim must be made within six months’ time. If a notice of claim is not filed within six months, you may not be able to recover any compensation at all. This six-month time frame is another reason why hiring an attorney and seeking medical care immediately is critical to your claim.
The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys for You
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our team of personal injury attorneys is ready to take on your subway accident claim. Whether you’ve been injured in a large subway accident that affected multiple passengers or a small subway accident where you were the sole victim harmed, we can help. From gathering evidence to filing the notice of claim promptly, we know what it takes to put together a successful subway accident claim. We can also help you determine who’s liable — SETPA or another party — and how this liability affects your claim and amount of damages recoverable (SEPTA claims are limited to $250,000). To learn more, call our offices at 215-642-2335 today or contact us online.