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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Staten Island Ferry Worker Sues NYC for Injuries While Onboard

Accidents and injuries can happen anywhere – especially overcrowded tourist destinations like the Staten Island Ferry. According to the details of a recent lawsuit filed against New York City, the Department of Transportation – which is responsible for the safety of the ferry – has consistently failed to keep it safe from onboard hazards, including wayward staff members and guests. The plaintiff, who is a Staten Island Ferry deckhand himself, is seeking $45 million in damages from the City due to alleged serious injuries sustained due to negligent and careless oversight of the vessel and its employees.

According to the details of the lawsuit, the plaintiff has had a series of issues while working on board the ferry – beginning in 2001 when his legs were severely injured following an assault by a ferry passenger. In 2010, the plaintiff also sought compensation after his hand was completely crushed by the weight of a defective automatic door. The most recent injury, the details of which have not been publicly or specifically revealed, caused the plaintiff to miss several weeks of work in order to pursue rehabilitation and medical treatment.

A lawsuit involving the Staten Island Ferry – or any other governmental entity – requires the experience and knowledge of an injury attorney familiar with the finer nuances of lawsuits involving the government. Generally speaking, government entities are immune from liability for matters involving negligence or personal injury. However, thanks to the New York Court of Claims Act, specific procedures are in place to allow plaintiffs the opportunity to obtain rightful compensation despite the general principle of immunity.

If you are considering a personal injury lawsuit that may involve negligence on the part of a state agency or individual state worker, be sure to contact an attorney right away. As well, cases against government entities are under a strict statute of limitations, so working with an attorney is vital to ensure compliance with filing deadlines.

To get started on your case, please contact a skilled NY personal injury attorney.

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