Living in the Hudson Valley, many residents commute to and from New York City for work. Most often, this requires use of Metro North Commuter Line to arrive at Grand Central. From there, commuters often take subways or buses operated by the MTA to get to their final destination.
Many clients are unaware that there are specific rules to be followed if they are hurt on a commuter train or on premises operated or controlled by the railroad or commuter lines. For the MTA [Metropolitan Transportation Authority], which owns and operates Metro North, clients must generally submit a written Notice of Claim within 90 days of the injury according to Public Authority Law Section 1276. Further, there is a shortened statute of limitations on commencement of action to one year and 90 days from the date of injury. Similarly, with the NYCTA [New York City Transit Authority], a Notice of Claim is required to be filed within 90 days under Public Authority Law Sec. 1212, also with a shortened statute of limitations.
It is important, therefore, for clients to consult early with their attorney so that information can be gathered on the injury, the reasons for the claim, witness information, premises conditions and other information that would be helpful to prosecution.