Trains have been around for over 150 years, and have made incredible advances in speed and technology. However, a train accident is not an uncommon occurrence even today. An innocent passenger as well as a train worker can be the victim of a train accident, and the injuries can be serious. Statistics show that every hour and a half there is a train accident or derailment, with 3,000 accidents occurring annually. A train accident can cause a wide variety of injuries including a spinal cord injury, back injury, head injury, broken bones and a brain injury. Sadly, in some cases victims are killed in train accidents. In the same way that a victim of a car accident may seek damages from the negligent person through a personal injury claim, the law allows victims of train accidents to seek damages as well. If you are in need of a New York Injury Lawyer because you were seriously injured as a result of the negligence of another person, contact an experienced Bronx Train Accident Lawyer who will review the facts of your case and work aggressively to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. In addition, if during the course of the treatment for your injuries the medical staff commits medical malpractice, the party responsible for your train accident injuries may be required to compensate you for the medical malpractice injury as well.Common Causes of Train Accidents
A train accident can happen in a variety of ways including a train derailment, electrical explosion, solvent exposure, a railroad crossing accident and more. Railroad workers are often injured in this line of work, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) allows railroad employees the right to sue for damages for an injury obtained while on the job. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, it is important to speak with our legal team without delay.
FELA was created to make the railroad profession safer. However, railroad work continues to be dangerous. Inadequate safety standards, poor training, inadequate train maintenance, negligence or defective equipment commonly results in injury.
Commuter trains and subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. The New York subway system is the largest in the U.S. It is estimated that approximately 1.7 billion people have used the New York subway system. Last year alone, 146 people were hit by trains, which is an increase from the year prior of 15%. Of the 146 people hit, 47 were killed.
Normally, when people think of a train accident they think of a train crash. However there are many different ways that injury can occur including:
- Being struck by a train
- Malfunctioning turnstiles
- Electrocution by train tracks
- Being assaulted, robbed or raped in a subway station (inadequate security)
- Train derailment
Often the injuries associated with train accidents are serious including:
- Head injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
Because these types of injuries are serious, the financial impact is substantial. However, through a personal injury lawsuit you may be able to recover compensation from the party whose negligence resulted in your injuries. The types of compensation that you may be awarded include:
- Medical Bills: Medical bills associated with recovery from a injuries sustained in a train accident include expenses for medical treatment, your hospital stay, prescriptions, rehabilitation and visits to your doctors.
- Loss of Income: If your injury is serious you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. You will be entitled to recover compensation for the income you lost while recovering from your injuries. Loss of income includes not only loss of your paychecks. It also includes the value of sick or vacation days you had to use while recovering as well as in other type of compensation and benefits that you lost.
- Pain and Suffering: You may also be able to recover compensation for the pain and suffering that you suffered as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering refers to not only physical pain, but also for emotional pain and loss of enjoyment of life. Whether you will be entitled to receive pain and suffering damages and the amount of such damages depends on the severity of your injuries. For example, if you suffered an amputation in the accident, you would be entitled to a significant award for pain and suffering.
Train accident cases are extremely complicated and may involve federal and state governmental entities as well as private companies and private citizens. Furthermore there may be complex procedural rules and timelines that must be followed. To make sure that your case is properly handled it is critical that you are represented by attorneys with experience handling train crash cases. Contact Stephen Bilkis and Associates, PLLC to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims involving passenger trains, commuter trains, freight trains, as well as train-auto collisions. Contact us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.