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The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) is the pubic transit authority that owns and operates public bus transportation throughout the boroughs of New York City. The bus fleet consists of the MTA Bus and the New York City Transit, and it operates more than 5,000 buses that transport an average of 2.4 million passengers a day. It is the largest public bus authority in North America.

With this amount of bus traffic, bus accidents are a frequent occurrence.

Who can bring a claim against the MTA?

Anyone who has suffered serious injury and who can show that the injury was caused by the MTA’s negligence can bring a claim. Injured parties could be passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists or drivers or passengers in a vehicle that was hit by an MTA bus.

What time limitations exist for filing a claim?

Your attorney must file a notice of claim within 90 days of the date that the serious injury occurred. A notice of claim notifies the agency (public corporation, in this case the MTA) that you are suing it for damages.

After filing the notice of claim, the city has 30 days to review your claim and can offer to settle out of court. When the 30-day waiting period is over, your attorney can commence legal actions for the lawsuit. The lawsuit must be started within one year and 90 days of the date of the loss, damage or injury.

Due to the time constraints for filing a notice of claim, it is wise to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.

What happens if you fail to file the notice of claim within time?

If you fail to file a notice of claim within 90 days, a special proceeding must be commenced in the Supreme Court. However, it is not within your best interests to delay and it is highly possible you may lose the right to pursue a lawsuit. Exceptions are when the court decides the delay was justified. However, a factor that the court also considers is whether the delay has prejudiced the agency in maintaining a defense on the merits.

When to Seek Legal Help

You are advised to seek legal help immediately. Filing court documents are best left in the hands of competent and experienced attorneys. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your bus accident and evaluate the prospects of representing you in a case.

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Today, if you live or work in New York City or the metro area, you hear alot about diversity in the workplace and how it is good for businesses. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we take pride in our diversity. We offer legal services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. As our diverse staff members work side-by-side, you’ll see various ethnic groups and races, including African American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian.


The Advantages of Diversity in Business

Companies with diverse staff members are more innovative, productive, better at solving issues and can reach a wider client base. All of these factors are good for businesses.

Resolving Issues

According to The New York Times, studies showed that when a diverse group of people interacted with each other, their answers to analytical questions were more accurate than homogenous groups. In fact, diverse groups had a 58 percent greater accuracy.

Another study put people of different races in a group and had them solve murder mysteries. Again, the diverse group performed significantly better.

Quotes by Mark Sackstein and Eric Lee

Mark H Sackstein Managing Partner

“I believe our firm’s diversity is a great asset for clients who choose us to represent them in personal injury claims. They have a notable advantage when we seek to obtain fair and just case awards on their behalves.”  Mark H. Sackstein



eric-b-lee-partner“Our firm has helped many people in the Korean community and other ethnic groups to overcome the challenges they face when litigating for deserved compensation. Our abilities to overcome language barriers and work together are invaluable for getting results.” Eric B.

Innovation and Production

Researchers compared banks with and without racial diversity. Studies showed that 177 U.S. banks with diversity had greater financial performance. Bank presidents emphasized innovation when the company was diverse.

In another study, Stanford University researchers had groups discuss social issues, such as child labor and the death penalty. The researchers wrote dissenting opinions and had both African American and Caucasian students deliver the opinion to the groups. Even though students delivered the same dissenting perspective, when an African American presented the perspective to a group of Caucasians, the opinion seemed more novel and led to broader consideration of alternatives.

Various studies concluded that people work harder in diverse environments both socially and cognitively. While they may feel challenged when working through barriers, their hard work leads to better outcomes.

Broader Customer Bases

Because our staff at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP speaks a variety of languages, we can reach a broader client base than firms where language is limited to English.


Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.


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