For months, New York’s aging transportation infrastructure has caused one meltdown after another. While most of these only resulted in only unpredictable delays, the concern shifted from inconvenience to basic safety on Tuesday, June 27th when two cars on a train in Upper Manhattan veered off the tracks in a jumble of sparks and smoke.
The derailment resulted in at least 34 people getting injured, with 17 transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. About 800 people were on four trains that were stopped as a result of the derailment, and more than 500 were evacuated on the tracks.
The MTA released a statement blaming the derailment on human error, not a track defect. The statement further noted that the cause was an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks. Apparently, improper storing of equipment between tracks is a common practice amongst railroad employees in order to accelerate rail repairs. Unfortunately, in some cases such as this, being effective could come at a cost of commuter safety.
Were You or a Loved One Injured In the Long Island Train Accident?
Train accidents can significantly impact the lives of those injured and their family members. If you or someone you love was injured in the Upper Manhattan train derailment accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation and should seek immediate legal assistance.
Cases that involve a municipality, such as the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), have special deadlines and prerequisites. This strict time frame (known as the statute of limitations) includes claims for all injuries. If you fail to file your claim within the specific time frame, a claim may be forfeited forever.
Getting the Legal Representation You Deserve After a Train Accident
Our Manhattan train accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience to help you get the compensation that you deserve. Our success in expertly handling train accident claims for our clients is apparent in the results we have obtained.
One example of our train accident resolutions involves a settlement during trial in the amount of $975,000 on behalf of a 55-year-old man who was hit by a train as he attempted to disembark. The plaintiff suffered a below the knee amputation of his leg as a result of the accident.
We Can Help You
If you or a loved one was injured in the Manhattan derailment train accident, you need to make it a priority to consult with a personal injury attorney who specifically handles these types of accidents. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. have the experience, knowledge and resources to help you and your loved ones obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our train accident attorneys, please call us toll free at 1-800-529-9997.