When can I file an injury claim against the WMATA?
You might think that the WMATA would voluntarily compensate passengers who are injured while riding a train or bus. Unfortunately, the WMTA will not pay damage claims unless you can prove that it was negligent in causing your injury. Here are examples of negligence that can lead to injuries:
- A train derailment
- A collision with another train or vehicle
- Failure to accommodate your disability
- A slip and fall caused by unsafe conditions in a boarding area
- Injuries caused by a sudden stop or unsafe maneuver on a bus
- Being struck by a bus in a crosswalk
How do I file a notice of injury claim against the WMATA?
How you file a notice of injury claim depends on where you were injured. The WMATA serves 91 stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The procedures are different for each governmental body.
If you were injured in the District of Columbia, you have six months to file a notice of injury claim with the appropriate Office of Risk Management. If you were injured in Maryland, you have one year to give notice to the Maryland State Treasurer.
A serious injury can affect your life for years to come. To ensure you recover enough compensation to meet your needs now and in the future, it's important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.