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New York Platform Gap Injury Attorneys

The platform gap refers to the space between a train and the edge of the railroad station platform, and mechanical extensions known as gap fillers may be used on certain train lines in New York City. In a variety of other cases on older platforms in the area, railroad workers can be involved in accidents while working on particularly dangerous platform gaps.

The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) is essentially the federal workers’ compensation system for railroad workers, but it can be far more difficult for an injured worker to recover benefits under FELA. Whereas workers’ compensation provides no-fault benefits to injured workers, FELA does require some proof of an employer’s negligence. 

If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed because of a platform gap accident in the New York City area, you are going to want to be sure that you do not delay in seeking legal representation. Hach & Rose, LLP has a Madison Avenue office in New York City but represents clients all over the state.

Our firm can meet with you in your home or hospital room when you cannot come to our office. You can have us provide a complete evaluation of your case when you call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

Do I Need A Platform Gap Injury Lawyer?

Proving an employer’s negligence is a significant challenge in any FELA claim, and the first reason you will want to seek the help of an attorney concerns this issue. A lawyer will immediately commence their own thorough and exhaustive investigation into your platform gap injury.

An attorney will not only determine the cause of the accident, but they can also secure all of the evidence that is relevant to your case. You want to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident so they can begin this investigation right away. 

You could very well be contacted by an insurance company for the negligent party in your case, and you must be very careful with what you say to any insurer. Try to let an attorney deal with an insurance company for you, so you do not have to risk possibly saying something that negatively impacts your case.

When you hire a FELA lawyer to represent you, your attorney will determine the type and amount of damages you’re entitled to and will negotiate a just settlement. If an acceptable settlement cannot be reached, your attorney can file a lawsuit to take the case to trial.

Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP To Handle My Platform Gap Injury Case? 

Hach & Rose, LLP has been helping clients for more than a decade and has more than a century of legal experience. Our firm achieved four of the top 100 results for personal injury claims as reported by the New York Jury Verdict Reporter in both 2010 and 2011 and then the highest reported jury verdict in the State of New York in a construction accident case in 2012.

Stanley J. Spero has more than four decades of legal experience and has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a peer rating denoting the highest level of professional excellence that applies to about 10 percent of all attorneys. He was named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and the National Association of Trial Lawyers in 2017.

Hillary M. Nappi was named a 2018-2019 Super Lawyers Metro Rising Star and one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Attorneys” by National Trial Lawyers. Michael A. Rose was named a Top Lawyer by New York Magazine and a Super Lawyer by New York Super Lawyers.

Halina Radchenko is an officer of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, who is a member of the New York State Bar Association,  Brooklyn Bar Association, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association, Columbian Lawyers Association, and New York County Lawyers Association. John A.. Blyth served as a Legal Intern for Supreme Court Judge Philip S. Straniere.

Types of Platform Gap Injury Cases We Handle 

Platform gap injuries can encompass several different kinds of accidents. One of the most common types of accidents is undoubtedly worker falls, possibly from dangerous heights. 

When a worker falls from a platform gap, they can suffer a variety of different injuries, including: 

  • Broken bones 
  • Head and facial injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Strains, sprains, and ligament tears
  • Neck, back, and spine injuries
  • Paralysis (partial or total)

Platform accidents can occur when trains are stopped, or if they are still in motion. Many railroad workers have to work in platform gaps even while trains are functioning, which can increase the likelihood of accidents involving moving trains.

In certain cases, platform gap injuries could also stem from electrocutions possibly caused by faulty wiring or exposed third rails. It is not out of the question for people to be injured in accidents even when gap fillers are used, as the New York Post reported that a man was awarded $10 million after the man fell between the No. 4 train and the extending platform in the Union Square Station and was rammed by the gap filler 167 times. 

The jury, in that case, found that the man, who had four alcoholic drinks at a charity event, was partially negligent but his negligence was not a substantial factor. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) stated that it had installed a stop switch to power off the extending platform in the event of an accident.

Contact a Platform Gap Injuries Attorney in New York

Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a platform gap accident in New York City? You will want to have an experienced FELA lawyer from Hach & Rose, LLP on your side so you can have the best chance at recovering every dollar that you are entitled to. Our firm has a record of success that includes more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements. Call (212) 779-0057 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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