Bronx Train Accident
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. 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 serious injuries to the spine, back, and head. Bone fractures and amputations are not uncommon. Sadly, in some cases victims are killed in train accidents. If you or a loved one was injured in a train accident you deserve to be compensated for your loss. To ensure that your legal rights are protected it is important to immediately contact an experienced Bronx train accident lawyer who will review the facts of your case and explain to you the steps in pursuing compensation for your losses in a personal injury or wrongful death claim.Common causes of train accidents
A train accident can happen in a variety of ways including a derailment, electrical explosion, solvent exposure, or due to a railroad crossing accident. Railroad workers are often injured as working on the railroad is one of the most dangerous type of work in the United States. The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) gives railroad employees the right to sue for damages if injured on the job. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, it is important to speak with our legal team without delay.
Commuter trains and subways are a common mode of transportation in New York. The New York subway system is the largest in the United States. Last year alone 146 people were hit by trains. Of the 146 people hit, 47 were killed.
There are many different ways that a train incident can lead to a serious injury such as:
- Pedestrian being struck by a train
- Falling in the station, on the platform or on the train
- 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.
If you have been seriously injured in a train collision or derailment, or in an accident in a train station or on a platform, you are probably facing significant medical expenses, time away from work, and a range of difficult emotions. Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff regularly handles complex damage cases, including claims for wrongful death and personal injury arising out of train accidents, subway accidents, car accidents and construction accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.