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Railroad worker injuries lead to post derailment litigation


An Amtrak train derailed in another state, which resulted in injuries to several people. Connecticut railroad workers and those who travel by train may want to pay close attention to a claim that has been filed against the railroad. Railroad worker injuries that lead to litigation are governed by the Federal Employers Liability Act.

In this case, it was the conductor on the speeding passenger train who suffered injury in the derailment. In addition to physical injuries to his hip and ribs, the man says he also suffered extreme emotional trauma in the incident. Attorneys acting on his behalf say Amtrak officials failed to provide safe working conditions and should be held legally accountable for the conductor’s injuries.

A female passenger traveling on the same train at the time has also filed a lawsuit against Amtrak. She happened to have been in the passenger car that was left dangling over a bridge in the derailment. The woman suffered internal injuries as well as broken ribs and a fractured clavicle.

The conductor, who had been traveling in the lead car as the new high speed route was being tested, was treated at a hospital and then sent to a rehabilitation facility. He said the railroad worker injuries he suffered would require at least a one-to-two-month stay at the facility. Litigation following these types of incidents in Connecticut or elsewhere is often complex and challenging on both sides. Those who act alongside experienced and aggressive legal representation tend to have the best chances of obtaining successful outcomes in court.

Source: seattletimes.com, “Injured conductor, passenger sue over fatal Amtrak derailment onto I-5 south of Tacoma“, Mike Lindblom, Jan. 3, 2018

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