Fighting For Victims Of Train Accidents
Trains are a very convenient way to get around New York. From subways to train lines across the state, trains are an easy choice for commuters. Unfortunately, train derailments and railroad accidents can cause devastating injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries from a train accident, you need to work with an attorney who understands how to determine liability, negotiate with insurance companies and litigate your case. At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, our Poughkeepsie attorneys have over a century of combined experience helping clients fight for the compensation they deserve after an accident. You can trust us to keep your best interests in mind while advocating for your rights.
Understanding Train Accidents And Their Causes
Common causes of train accidents include:
- Improper track maintenance
- Excessive speed
- Objects or debris on the tracks
- Incorrect switch alignment
When you work with us at Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, we will investigate the causes of your accident when building your case. When necessary, we will rely on expert witnesses to help explain and prove liability.
Liability In Train Accidents
In train accident cases, you must prove that someone’s negligence or recklessness caused the accident and your injuries. Because trains require so many different parties and workers to run properly, it can be confusing to determine liability. We will look at the facts of your case and consider the train manufacturer, the railroad company, railroad employees, the track owner and third parties such as pedestrians or motorists.
Types Of Injuries From Train Accidents
Train accidents often cause serious injuries and fatalities. The injuries can be physical, such as broken bones, severe burns, amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, internal organ damage and lacerations. Train accident survivors also face impacts on their emotional and mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and anxiety.
Seeking Compensation For Damages
In New York, train accident victims can file a claim to recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages refer to the cost of medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, therapy and rehabilitative care. Noneconomic damages include compensation for loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
If you lost a loved one in a train accident, we can help you file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. In a wrongful death claim, you can obtain compensation for funeral costs, loss of income and loss of companionship.
The Legal Process In A Train Accident Case
After a train accident, you may receive calls from insurance companies trying to quickly settle your case. However, when you agree to a settlement, you lose the chance of obtaining additional compensation in the future. The impacts and symptoms of many injuries are not always apparent immediately and can take weeks or months to appear. An early settlement will not consider these injuries and long-term impacts, and you could obtain much less than you deserve.
At Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law, we will advise you of your rights and explain your legal options. We will also take over communications with insurance companies to ensure that they do not try to take advantage of you. From the investigative process, determining liability to negotiating or litigating your case, you can trust us to provide transparent and sound legal guidance throughout your case.
Advocating For You After A Train Accident
If you or a loved one survived a train accident and suffered injuries, you deserve to obtain compensation for your suffering.