On June 27th, 2017,
the southbound A subway train derailed at the Harlem Street station at 125th Street around 10:00 AM. An unknown number of passengers were aboard the
two cars of the subway train that derailed, but at least 34 passengers
were injured in the ensuing crash. Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)
officials would later state that the derailment likely occurred due to
a large piece of replacement rail being left on the tracks by a maintenance
crew that was working there earlier.
Several of the injured parties are expected to seek compensation for the
MTA due to the egregious negligence of its crews that reportedly caused
the accident. One passenger, Rcio Delances, has come to The Portela Law
Firm, P.C. and retained the services of
New York Personal Injury Attorney Manuel Portela to sign and eventually file a Notice of Claim against the MTA. Notices
of Claim are the beginning of civil actions against negligent parties
in pursuit of fair compensation, effectively telling the defendant that
they will be expected to provide a settlement for damages, or they could
be taken to court.
During the derailment, another passenger on the A train was tossed into
Delances, striking her in the head. She has suffered numerous injuries
due to the event, including neck, back, and head injuries, and injuries
related to smoke inhalation. She was sent to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
following the derailment for diagnosis and treatment. Since her release
from the hospital, she has been attending additional rehabilitative treatment
sessions at the Mahcel Rehab and Physical Therapy center.
Within Delances’ Notice of Claim, it states that she will seek compensation
for several damages, including medical costs and lost wages. She and many
other passengers were also trapped within the derailed subway car for
more than 30 minutes while smoke filled the chamber. This harrowing experience
left her with severe emotional distress symptoms and anxiety. The MTA
may be expected to pay for emotional damages as well. The amount of total
damages that Delances is seeking currently exceeds lower court jurisdictional
limits and may require a superior court’s attention to complete.
You can learn more about this ongoing story by reading a New York Daily
News article by
clicking here. There are also numerous other newsgroups reporting on the story as well.
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for a claim of your own, do not hesitate to
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