Our train accident lawyers in New York have experience defending the rights of passengers and railroad workers who have suffered injuries in train incidents. While travel by train is statistically safer than driving a car, accidents do happen. In most cases, train accidents prove devastating for those aboard the train. Train accidents can leave passengers and workers facing debilitating injuries. Common injuries suffered in train accidents include broken bones, back and neck trauma, spinal cord injuries and brain trauma.
If a train 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. While train accident lawsuits can be complex, the train accident lawyers at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP have the resources necessary to effectively try these cases.
Do I Have Grounds For A Train Accident Lawsuit?
When train accidents occur, injured individuals may be able to seek compensation from any party whose negligence was 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.
Our New York Train Accident Lawyers 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 or suffering. Our train accident lawyers in New York can help determine if you have a claim.
Railroad-Related Premises Liability Lawsuits
Individuals who have suffered an injury in the train station or on the platform may also be able 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
What If A Loved One Is Killed In A Train Accident?
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, families of victims 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. Furthermore, families can receive non-economic damages for any pain and suffering the victim endured prior to death. Our New York train accident lawyers understand the tremendous financial and emotional strain that families face following a fatal train incident. 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.