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New York Platform Gaps 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. 

Railroad companies should take whatever reasonably available safety precautions they can to reduce the possibility of a worker falling into a gap on a train platform. These gaps, which can be particularly wide at poorly designed stations or in stations where platforms haven’t been modified as train size and shape has changed, might be extremely dangerous. Workers who fall into these gaps may sustain injuries from the trip or fall itself and, if the train isn’t stopped immediately, may sustain very severe injuries from a train.

If you’ve been injured because of a wide gap at a train station you were working at, your employer may be held liable for this negligence through the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). To gain a deeper understanding of your legal options after enduring injuries in such a situation, contact a reliable FELA train accident attorney from Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057.

Dangers from Platform Gaps

Platform gap accidents happen most commonly when a train station isn’t designed to properly accommodate passengers or workers getting on and off the train. The wider the gap between the train and the platform or station is, the greater the risk of an innocent person sustaining a devastating injury. The following safety concerns may lead to injuries:

  • Falling injuries, including a high possibility of head injuries
  • The risk of injury from the moving train if the locomotive isn’t stopped immediately
  • Electrocution or burn risks if the underside of the platform isn’t properly covered

The risk of a worker sustaining these and other types of injuries caused by an insufficient platform or large gap should be minimized by a railroad company. Thus, if the proper precautions aren’t taken to shorten a potentially dangerous gap, the responsible railroad company may be held responsible for the resulting injuries.

Why Choose Hach & Rose, LLP To Handle My Platform Gap Injuries 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.

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As an injured railroad worker, you may be uniquely capable of pursuing full compensation for your employer’s negligence under the protections FELA offers railroad workers. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we aim to give workers, like you, who have been wronged by their employer a fair fight for compensation. To learn more about how we may be able to help you through this process, contact one of our experienced New York platform gaps attorneys today by calling (212) 779-0057.

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