Slip and Fall at a Train Station: What to Do Next
Tran stations are filled with commuters so it is not it is not surprising that people slip and fall when the ice and snow is not cleared. Here is a step-by step guide of what to do if you are injured due to a fall on ice or snow at a train station.
Take Care of Your HealthFirst things first: take care of your health. Get the medical attention you need as soon as possible. Call an ambulance, go to your doctor's office or an an urgent care center - do whatever you feel is necessary to get medical care as quickly as possible. While receiving immediate care is always the best, even if you get on your scheduled train, you can get care at our destination. Sometimes the full nature of injuries is not immediately apparent, so if you feel pain after leaving the train station, get medical treatment then.
Collect Information about Your Fall at a Train StationYou want to gather you want to as much information about the incident as possible. Note the exact place and time. If you can, take photos of the scene as well, since the ice will likely melt or get salted before you can come back to take pictures. Identify witnesses, even if they did not see you fall but came up afterwards to help you, and get their contact information.
Notify the Railroad or Station Master about the IncidentYou want to create a record about the incident. Notify the employees at the ticket booth or contact the railroad police. If there is no one at the train station or if you get on the train, you can call the train line to report the incident.
Speak to An AttorneyIf you have suffer an injury, you should you should speak to an attorney, preferably one experienced with slip and fall cases against the railroad or train station owner. An attorney can answer your questions and assess if you have a claim for compensation. If you do have a claim for compensation, the attorney can take the steps to protect your rights. In New York, claims against municipal entities, such as Metro North, the MTA and the Long Island Railroad, must be filed within 90 days of the incident, so act fast. The sooner you call an attorney, the sooner she can help you.