If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a train accident, you probably have many questions about what to do next. For instance, you may be wondering:
- How can I afford my medical bills, especially if insurance does not cover the whole cost?
- How will I pay my mortgage or rent and keep food on the table if I have to miss work?
- How long will it take to get compensation for my injuries?
- What should I do if the other party’s insurance company calls with a settlement offer?
- Do I need a lawyer?
- Where can I find the best train accident lawyer in Bucks County?
No matter the circumstances, you need a skilled and accomplished legal team to defend your rights after a train accident. The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC focus on personal injury law, in particular vehicle accidents involving trains. We have helped many of our injured clients win big settlements and put their lives back together after devastating injuries. We want to put our knowledge and resources to work for you and help you get the same results.
We offer free consultations to all personal injury victims. We do whatever it takes to help our clients. That is why we do not collect a single dollar until you get paid. We welcome you to come to our office, meet with us face to face, and have all your questions answered. Call 215-642-2335 today to set up your free consultation.
What If I Receive a Settlement Offer Immediately After the Train Accident?
As you have probably discovered, the weeks and months following an accident—particularly a catastrophic one like a train crash—are some of the most stressful of your life. The pain is often unbearable. You may also be facing short- or long-term disability or reduced mobility.
You are likely dealing with an endless procession of hospital visits, doctor appointments, therapy sessions, and rehabilitation. If the crash damaged your personal vehicle, you may be without transportation as you struggle to pay repair bills or replace your car altogether.
That is not to mention the financial worries. If your injuries are keeping you out of work, it does not stop your regular expenses—rent, mortgage, utilities, food, and so on—from piling up.
For these reasons, it can be tempting to take the first settlement placed in front of you—especially if the responsible party or their insurance company calls and offers it without prompting.
This is never a good idea. Insurance company settlement offers tend to include the bare minimum to cover your current medical bills, but do not take into account your future medical expenses, lost wages, or reduced earning capacity. The first offer you receive will almost never include payment for pain and suffering. These are damages that you very much deserve, but the insurance company will not offer them without a fight.
Our attorneys will fight for your rights to make sure you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
What Compensation Can I Recover After a Train Crash in Bucks County?
If the at-fault party does send a quick settlement offer, it is sure to fall woefully short of compensating you for the full array of accident-related damages. We make sure you get every type of compensation for which you are eligible. This might include:
- Medical bills, both current and future;
- Prescription drugs, medical devices, and wheelchair ramps or other modifications to your home;
- Lost earnings, including missed work while recovering and reduced earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering;
- Punitive damages, if the responsible party acted maliciously or exhibited a reckless disregard for your safety; and
- Wrongful death, if your loved one lost their life in a train accident.
The exact damages we can recover on your behalf depend on the circumstances of your case. Our promise to you is that we will fight for every dollar you deserve.
Does It Matter What Caused the Train Crash?
Poor driving is not the only cause of train wrecks, however. Occasionally, a part may malfunction, causing engine failure or another mechanical problem that leads to a crash. The rail line itself may be poorly maintained and unsafe. Safety equipment can also fail, endangering train passengers and others waiting to board.
Regardless of what caused your crash, our attorneys will work to hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries and other damages.
Who Can I Hold Responsible for the Train Accident?
Depending on what caused your train accident, the responsible party could vary. Some possibly liable entities include:
- The railroad or train line;
- The operator or conductor;
- The engine manufacturer;
- The manufacturer of a train component; or
- The local government or municipality, if, for instance, the warning lights or arm bars designed to alert you of a train coming malfunctioned.
Many of these parties—as well as their insurance companies—have highly paid legal teams to shield them from liability. You need an attorney who is equally accomplished to fight for you. We have a strong track record of taking on companies big and small and winning compensation for our clients.
We will use evidence to prove your right to recover damages. This evidence may include:
- Photographs and video evidence;
- Police or accident reports;
- Eyewitness statements;
- Expert witness testimony;
- Medical records; and
- Accident reconstruction testimony.
By assembling a strong case based on evidence, we can often negotiate a lucrative settlement outside of court. If we need to, we will take your case all the way to a jury trial to get the compensation you deserve.
Are You Ready to Get Started? Call 215-642-2335 to Schedule Your Consultation Today.
The attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to take on your case. Let us help you recover after a Bucks County train accident. Call 215-642-2335 today for a free consultation.