While travel by train is statistically safer than driving a car, accidents do happen. In most cases, train accidents prove devastating for the passengers and railroad workers aboard the train. Train accidents can leave passengers dead or facing debilitating injuries. Common injuries suffered in train accidents include broken bones, back and neck trauma, spinal cord injuries, and brain trauma. If the accident was the result of negligence, passengers and railroad workers who have suffered injuries may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the railroad company or manufacturer. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our personal injury lawyers have experience defending the rights of passengers and railroad workers who have suffered injuries in train accidents. While train accident lawsuits can be complex, our attorneys have the resources necessary to effectively try these cases.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury or died in a train accident, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. Our law firm is currently giving out free consultations to individuals who have suffered injuries in a train accident. To see if you have grounds for a lawsuit, call (212) 406-1700 or fill out our contact form.
Our Attorneys Will Seek Compensation From All Negligent Parties
When train accidents occur, injured individuals may be able to seek compensation from any party whose negligence were responsible for the train crash and subsequent injuries or deaths. Victims may be able to receive compensation from the following entities:
The Railroad Company: If the accident occurred due to the railroad company’s negligence, they may be found liable for any injuries their passengers suffered. Injured passengers may be able to file a lawsuit if the accident occurred due to operator negligence, track failure, derailment, or a collision with another train.
The Manufacturer: Victims may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer when the accident was caused by a defect in the train.
We Represent Railroad Workers
While most employees are barred from suing their employers after a work-related injury, railroad workers have the right to pursue compensation in court. The Federal Employees Liability Act (FELA) provides railroad workers the right to sue their employers for injuries suffered on-the-job. By filing a lawsuit through FELA, workers have the right to sue the railroad company, their supervisors, and any other employee whose negligence may have contributed to their injury. Through a lawsuit, railroad workers can recoup compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Railroad Related Premises Liability Lawsuits
Individuals who have suffered an injury in the station or on the platform may also be to file a premises liability lawsuit against the railroad company. Injuries caused by any of the following may present grounds for a premises liability claim:
- Turnstile malfunctions
- Train doors closing on limbs or clothing
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Snow and ice on the platform
- Inadequate lighting
- Falls onto the tracks
- Poor security
- Missing warning signs
Pursuing Train Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
While individuals who have suffered injuries in a train accident may have grounds for a lawsuit, victims’ families may also be eligible for compensation if the accident was fatal. Victims’ families may be able to receive compensation for economic and non-economic damages by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death lawsuit the victim’s family can receive economic damages for lost wages, medical bills, the economic value for the loss of parental guidance, the economic value for the loss of a spouse, and funeral costs caused by the injuries. Furthermore, families can receive non-economic damages for any pain and suffering the victim endured prior to death. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our wrongful death attorneys understand the tremendous financial and emotional strain that families face following a fatal train accident. While we realize that we cannot erase the emotional pain caused by the loss of a loved one, we do our best to ease the financial burden that our clients face. As a result, we pursue maximum compensation for all of our clients.
Have you or a loved one suffered a serious injury in a train accident? If so, you may have grounds to file a negligence or wrongful death lawsuit against the railroad company or train’s manufacturer. For a free consultation with our train accident attorneys, call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online.