What If I’m Injured as a Tourist in New York City?

You came to New York City for the arts and culture, but, because of another party’s negligence, ended up seriously hurt. You can file a personal injury lawsuit against them– even if you do not live in the area or even the United States.

New York City has long been a top tourist destination, with millions of people vacationing here each year and joining the millions of those living here. New York City’s pace is unique. Unfortunately, you could end up in the emergency room due to someone else’s reckless behavior.

This may result in high medical bills, the inability to return to work, and the inability to perform normal activities. The injury may force you to stay in the city for treatment or force you to go home immediately. If the latter, it is critical that you seek medical attention before heading out. Not having a prompt examination will harm any personal injury claim.

The statute of limitations

The statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit in New York is three years unless the injury involves a government agency. Then, you have just 90 days to file a claim. Keep in mind that any accident involving public transportation falls into the government agency category.

A New York City personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London can help those injured while touring New York City. Our dedicated lawyers have recovered more than $4 billion for clients in verdicts and settlements. The majority of cases are settled, but we prepare to go to trial when necessary.

Common Tourist Accidents

Perhaps the most common tourist accidents involve motor vehicles, including taxicabs and rideshares, as is true in many large cities. Accidents may also involve pedestrians hit by motor vehicles or cyclists. If you are involved in a car accident while touring New York City, report the injury to the police.

If possible, take photos of the vehicle. Get the name of the cab or rideshare driver, as well as insurance information and the license plate number. If there are eyewitnesses to the accident, obtain their contact information.

Subway Accidents

New York City’s subway system is among the most convenient and least expensive ways of getting around the city, and there is no better way to get a real sense of the city. The flip side is that subway accidents are frequent and range from incidents on the platform to a train derailment.

Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a claim against the New York City Transit Authority (NYCT). Failing to fail a claim within the 90-day time limit means the claim is dismissed. That means you cannot recover compensation, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Slip and Fall

Hotels, restaurants, museums and train stations in New York City all have a duty of care to its citizens and its tourists. They must maintain their premises in a safe manner. Evidence of negligence may include:

  • Malfunctioning escalators
  • Holes in floor
  • Lack of handrails
  • Poor lighting
  • Uneven or broken stairs

If you’ve fallen, report the incident promptly. Photograph the area where it occurred and the probable cause, such as broken steps. Of course, that is not possible if you are seriously hurt, but if you have a traveling companion, ask that they take these photos and file a report with the police.

Contact us today at Douglas and London

If you or someone you know was injured by another party’s negligence while visiting New York City, you need the services of a personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London. Submit our online contact form or call or text us 24/7 to arrange a free consultation.

We will evaluate your claim and inform you of your options. We will keep you posted on the progress of your case. Since we work on a contingency basis, there is never a fee unless you receive compensation. Hablamos Español.