Common Injuries in Train Accidents
Queens Attorneys Advocating for the Rights of Railroad Passengers
Victims of train accidents can suffer a range of injuries, from minor cuts and bruises to catastrophic conditions. Any injury at the very least requires a visit to the doctor, but unfortunately some common injuries in train accidents can involve much more significant recovery efforts. Queens train accident attorney Marc S. Albert is dedicated to making sure that victims injured in these collisions receive full compensation from those responsible for their harm. As victims focus on healing, he focuses on taking action to advocate for their rights. From investigating the circumstances leading up to a devastating train accident to gathering evidence and enlisting the help of outstanding experts in the field, personal injury and wrongful death attorney Marc S. Albert is involved in every step of the process to make sure that clients’ interests are served. If you have been injured, or a loved one has passed away due to a train accident, contact the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert today to find out more about your legal rights and options.
Common Injuries in Train Accidents
According to the Department of Transportation, over 2,500 train accidents occur each year nationwide, with many of those affecting Long Island and New York residents. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is tasked with setting and enforcing rail safety regulations. However, despite safety standards, train operators and their parent companies can disregard these guidelines or otherwise fail to exercise proper care to keep passengers or bystanders safe. When a derailment occurs, a train collides with another vehicle or train, or a train strikes a pedestrian, serious injuries can result. Common injuries in train accidents include:
- Brain injuries, which include mild concussions, open head wounds, and traumatic brain injuries. The more severe types of brain injuries may require a lifetime of additional care, changes to a victim’s work, and other permanent impairments affecting day-to-day life.
- Fractured or crushed bones.
- Spinal cord injuries, such as nerve damage and paralysis, affecting either one area or entire portions of a victim’s body and leading to paraplegia or quadriplegia. Many spinal cord injuries involve multiple surgeries, as well as extensive rehabilitation.
- Severe burns, scarring, or disfigurement.
- Significant lacerations or abrasions.
- Internal injuries.
Some injuries are not immediately symptomatic, and they may take days, or even weeks, to affect a victim. It is important to seek immediate medical attention after being involved in a train accident so that even latent injuries can properly be identified and diagnosed. Aside from the physical impact that significant injuries have on a victim, the emotional and psychological effects can also be lasting.
Railroad companies, commuter rail lines, and their employees are required to use a high degree of care and act reasonably under given circumstances to keep passengers, as well as bystanders, safe from harm. When such care is not exercised, such as when a train operator falls asleep or a train is traveling at an excessive speed, these entities and individuals can be held accountable for the injuries that result from a collision or derailment. A passenger injured in a train accident can receive damages that include past and future medical expenses, loss of income, any out-of-pocket costs, diminished earning capacity, and compensation related to pain and suffering, decreased enjoyment of life, or loss of consortium. Pursuing legal action against a railroad owner or operator involves many complex issues. Consulting a skilled train accident attorney who is experienced in these kinds of claims is important to ensure that your case is handled appropriately.
Get Assistance from a Railroad Accident Lawyer in Queens or Long Island
Although all motor vehicle accidents carry a risk of significant injuries, train accidents are especially dangerous, given the high speed at which trains travel and the greater force that an impact has. Treatment for these injuries can give rise to exponential costs, and parties responsible for causing victims’ harm should be held accountable. Attorney Marc S. Albert offers compassionate and zealous legal representation to victims injured by a negligent train operator or owner. From offices in Astoria and Syosset, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Marc S. Albert help clients throughout New York City, Long Island, and surrounding areas receive the compensation to which they are entitled following a train accident. You can contact our office today at 855-252-3788 or online to discuss your potential claim and find out more about our legal services.