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    Have You Been Injured On Public Transit Due to Negligence?

    How an Attorney Can Help with Your Claim

    If you use public transportation – whether train, bus, regional rail or even taxi – you probably do so without giving it much though.  Public transportation is easily available, accessible and affordable, and according to the American Public Transportation Association, Americans use it over ten billion times per year, and 35 million times each and every weekday. But for all of the ease of use, the agencies, entities, and operators that are responsible for running these systems have a greater level of responsibility than most people realize. As common carriers they are held to a high level of care for passengers, and are expected to be responsible and alert at all times. It is when this expectation is not met that passengers end up getting hurt, and when that happens the public transit agency involved can be held liable for any damages that have been suffered. If you have been injured on public transit due to negligence then you may be eligible for compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more. Here’s how an attorney from Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC can help you with your claim.

    It is important to remember that being injured on public transit is different from being in a car accident involving private citizens, or even public companies. Though in some cases it may be easier to prove that negligence has occurred because common carriers are held to a higher level of duty for the safety of their passengers, there are also certain limitations that are put in place to regulate the filing of claims and the amount of compensation that you may be eligible for. An experienced public transit injury attorney will be able to advise you of these limitations.

    If you have been injured on public transit due to negligence, even if the fault clearly lies with the operator there are certain rules regarding filing your claim. The amount of time that is available for filing a notice of claim against a government entity such as a public transit agency is much shorter than is true of other types of accidents. If you don’t get your claim in within the prescribed amount of time then you will lose your eligibility for compensation. The attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr LLC are aware of these limitations and will make sure that all of your paperwork is filed accurately and in time for all deadlines.  Similarly, they will advise you of any cap that may be in place for the amount of damages that you are able to recover.

    As a rider of public transportation, you have the right to feel safe and secure at all times, and if you have been injured as a result of negligence, you have a right to be compensated for the damages that you’ve suffered. Call the attorneys at Jarve, Kaplan, Granato & Starr, LLC today to learn more about how we can help.

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