How to Make a Claim for a PATH Station Accident
Hudson County is home to a number of PATH stations. In fact, with the exception of Newark Penn Station, all other New Jersey PATH stops are in Hudson County. The stops include Harrison, Journal Square, Grove Street, Exchange Place, Newport and Hoboken. Our office’s proximity to the various stops seems to have added to our handling of claims for PATH station accidents.
All types of accidents can occur at PATH stations. A few years ago, news reports shared a video of an escalator accident at the Exchange Place Station in Jersey City. Five were injured in that incident. Commuters have suffered serious medical issues using the elevators at the Journal Square Station. The mass influx of people using public transportation opens up the possibilities for any type of accident. These include slip and fall accidents. It is important to seek the assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney when making a claim for a PATH station accident.
Why It’s Important to Secure Legal Advice for a PATH Station Accident
If you’ve been hurt at a PATH station, you may think it’s enough to make an accident report. It’s certainly a good start to make the report. If you see a police officer at the station, you can request that your accident is documented.
Like every other accident, it’s a good idea to take photographs of the accident conditions. Also, secure names of any eyewitnesses. Obviously, your first concern should be to make sure you receive medical attention.
Why is it important to seek legal advice? For starters, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is considered a public entity. In a prior article, we discussed the time limitations involved in making claims against public entities. It is therefore crucial that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible after the accident.
Accidents at PATH stations may also involve other prospective defendants. What if the elevator or escalator malfunctioned because it was improperly designed or maintained? Was an outside vendor responsible for keeping the area clean and free of debris?
The foregoing are just some of the questions that will be investigated on your behalf. Although you may attempt to make a claim directly with the Port Authority, you might find it easier to secure experienced counsel do so for you.