Manhattan County and other parts of New York City attract a remarkable number of tourists and leave a lasting impression - typically, a positive one. However, in rare cases, people are injured while visiting New York, and the experience quickly becomes an ordeal. The story of a U.K. tourist who was severely hurt during a trip to New York City this summer underscores the fact that accidents do happen, and it is essential that tourists know where to turn for legal help in worst-case situations.

Woman severely injured in cab accident

The tourist, Sian Green, sustained serious injuries on the first day of her vacation to New York, according to the New York Daily News. Green and her friend were sitting on a fountain ledge when a taxi driver lost control and crashed into her.

Green was grievously injured; her right leg was crushed and her left foot ultimately required amputation. The New York Daily News reports that Green could have died of blood loss if help had not arrived so quickly. According to CBS New York, Green required extensive treatment; she spent five weeks in a New York hospital, with some of that time spent rehabilitating. The accident occurred on Aug. 20, and Green's return home was not reported until Oct. 1.

The driver of the cab, who was arguing with a bike messenger at the time of the crash, received a 30-day suspension from the Taxi and Limousine Commission, according to CBS New York. Authorities are still looking into the accident.

The severity of Green's injury and the length of time that she had to remain in New York for treatment underscore the fact that tourist injuries can be severe and life changing. This is why, in situations like this, it is critical that tourists seek legal aid.

Getting help for tourist accidents

Although it is renowned for its culture and attractions, New York City is also an incredibly busy and crowded area; visitors and residents alike can be exposed to a wide variety of risks. Some of these include:

  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Subway accidents
  • Bike accidents
  • Hotel accidents
  • Injuries in city parks

Sometimes, a property owner may endanger visitors with inadequate security, maintenance or safety measures. Other times, the behavior of a specific driver or worker may be to blame. Regardless of the situation, it is important for people who are injured while in New York to see legal help.

Visitors from other countries, or even other states, usually do not have the necessary knowledge of relevant New York laws to fully understand their rights. Only a local attorney will have the knowledge and experience necessary to help visiting victims receive the compensation that they deserve.

If you have been injured during a vacation or business trip to New York, make sure that you contact a local attorney as soon as possible.