Sometimes, there is a negative connotation surrounding personal injury lawsuits. For those in Delaware that suffer unexpected injuries due to the negligence of another, it is not always about seeking financial compensation. Some may view a lawsuit as a way to help prevent future unnecessary accidents and injuries. One family in another state is considering a lawsuit against Amtrak for similar reasons after their son suffered traumatic brain injuries following a train derailment.
The couple's 26-year-old son was on board an Amtrak train when it unexpectantly derailed. The events leading to the derailment are still under investigation. He was one of 84 on board when the train crashed, and he suffered serious injuries, including spine fractures and brain injuries. Several other passengers also suffered serious injuries. Some of the injured survivors have solicited the advice of a lawyer and already plan to file a lawsuit.
Although Amtrak has apologized and agreed to pay for the injured victims medical expenses, some worry it is not enough. Some survivors have also accused Amtrak of attempting to have them sign unspecified legal documents following the accident. A similar past derailment ended up costing Amtrak $256 million in lawsuit settlements to injured victims.
Initially, following a large collision such as this one, victims and their families may not understand the magnitude of the financial impacts that can arise due to the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. Many do find the advice of a Delaware personal injury lawyer to be beneficial to understand what to expect and what legal options are available to attempt to recoup financial losses. In addition, some families may find that a successful lawsuit provides a sense of closure and also helps prevent future negligence.
Source: q13fox.com, "Talk of lawsuits mount against Amtrak over train derailment in DuPont", Hana Kim, Dec. 22, 2017