On Thursday, October 27, Amtrak promised to pay $265 million to settle claims relating to a derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia. The train, which was headed for New York, caused the death of eight individuals and caused injury to more than 200 other people last year.
Amtrak Has to Compensate the Victims
Victims will be allowed to testify at hearings or submit their testimony to the court so the company can determine how to distribute the settlement. Among those injured in the deadly accident were chef Eli Kulp – who will no longer be able to use his hands for cooking – a United States Naval Academy midshipman, a college dean, and an Associated Press video software architect.
Benedict Morelli, Kulp’s legal counsel, communicated Kulp’s dilemma, saying, “His life has been immeasurably altered and will never be any different from the way it is now.” According to federal investigators, the engineer operating the train, Brandon Bostian, did not realize the train’s speed had accelerated to 106 miles per hour instead of slowing down to match the curve’s 50 mph speed limit. He was suspended without pay after the crash.
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If you are hurt in a personal injury accident due to the negligence of another party in the state of New York, we at Hach & Rose, LLP can help you pursue financial compensation from the people responsible for your plight. Contact our attorneys today by calling our offices at (212) 779-0057.