If you or a loved one has been involved in a train accident in Chicago, it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Train accidents can be complex, and the laws governing them are different than those for other types of accidents. Our experienced Chicago train accident lawyers are familiar with these laws and will be able to help you navigate the legal process.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC helps train accident victims injured as:
Passengers on a train
Parties struck by a train including motorists or pedestrians
Employees of the City of Chicago or other municipalities
Railroad workers injured at work covered by the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
No one should have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence, and our Chicago train accident attorneys will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured in a train accident, or if your loved one has been killed, contact a Chicago train accident lawyer today.
Railroad companies and the train in your accident are often owned and operated by a government agency. The City of Chicago will have lawyers ready to contest your case and dispute your account of events. While healing from serious injuries, you may not be in a position to represent yourself and prove railroad negligence.
By having our team on your side, we can:
Handle your case at no upfront or out-of-pocket cost
Investigate the circumstances of your accident
Present our findings to the liable insurer
Determine the at-fault and liable parties including the railroad company or city involved
Demonstrate how you were affected by negligence
Calculate your past, present, and future losses
Advise you on your options
File your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
Anything your case requires, we can handle it.
Railroad accidents in Chicago, IL can be very serious, often resulting in significant injuries or fatalities. If you have been injured in a train accident, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer experienced with train accidents can help you file a claim and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.
Illinois’s Statute of Limitations May Apply to Your Case
735 ILCS 5/13-202 is Illinois’ statute of limitations. Generally, you have two years from your accident’s date to file a lawsuit. If you are filing on behalf of a late loved one, per 740 ILCS 180, you also have two years from the date of your loved one’s passing to file.
You could have a shorter time to act if you are filing a lawsuit against the city. By contacting a Chicago railroad accident lawyer from our law firm, you can learn more about your case’s deadlines. Call now for a free consultation with the experienced lawyers in our Chicago office.
How The Kryder Law Group Can Help Injured Victims
Here are some additional reasons why you should speak to a train accident lawyer:
You may not be able to handle the case yourself and are unsure of where to start. We can answer your questions and tell you what to expect in a free case evaluation.
You may already have communication from the government or railroad company contesting your case. We will handle all communications related to your case.
You may be entitled to significant compensation. We can assess your case and tell you what your case may be worth.
Train accidents in Chicago, IL can be very serious and often result in significant injuries or fatalities. Let us handle your case while you focus on healing and getting your life back to normal.
We Have no Problem Going up Against a Government Entity
Personal injuries can lead to staggering medical expenses. After getting hit by a train at a railroad crossing, you might feel as though you’re staring down an insurmountable opponent with no end to the medical costs and other expenses. As noted, Chicago does not take these situations lightly, and its representatives will work tirelessly to deny your claim. However, we have succeeded in cases against government agencies before.
We once won a $3 million award for a claimant who was injured by a garbage truck owned and operated by the city. In another case, we shattered DuPage County records when we recovered $7.5 million for an injured construction worker.
The city is just another party to us. If negligence caused your accident, we will pursue the full cost of your losses.
We Will Seek Your Economic and Non-Economic Losses
Your damages include both economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses relate to your damages that have direct financial values, such as:
Mental health counseling
Property damage costs
Lost benefits, tips, and bonuses
Your non-economic damages relate to other aspects of your accident, like your physical and emotional turmoil. Some examples include:
Pain and suffering
Impaired quality of life
Scarring and disfigurement
Loss of consortium
Depending on your case, other types of damages could be available to you. Call today for a free consultation with a Chicago, IL personal injury lawyer to find out what your case may be worth.
How We Calculate Your Expenses
The insurer might initially offer you what appears to be a good deal. However, without accounting for your current and future expenses, you cannot know whether an offer is fair. We can calculate your expenses by:
Totaling your receipts, invoices, and billing statements
Consulting field experts, like economists
Reviewing cases similar to yours
Accounting for the impact of the accident on your life
We have recovered multi-million-dollar settlements for our clients. During your free case review, we can provide you with further insight into what damages you can recover. We represent seriously injured victims in Chicago, IL and the surrounding metro areas including Cook County, Kane County, DuPage County, and Lake County.
Three Things You Need to Know About Chicago Train Accident Cases
Our team has seen its fair share of accident cases involving serious injuries. Whether you were involved in a commuter train accident, a train derailment, were hit while driving across railroad tracks by a Metra train, were in a car accident at a railroad crossing, or another scenario where you suffered serious injury, here are three things that are important for you to know about railroad accidents.
Most Cases are Settled Through Claims
Filing a lawsuit for personal injury claims and going to court does not appeal to a lot of people. However, keep in mind that most cases never make it to the courtroom according to the American Bar Association (ABA). We will do everything possible to resolve your case at the negotiating table.
If this doesn’t work out, don’t worry; we will handle everything involved with your train accident lawsuit.
There is No Average Settlement for Train Accidents
The value of your damages and potential financial recovery will depend on the specifics of your situation, such as the severity of your injuries and missed time from work due to the railroad accident. Settlements for FELA claims by railroad employees or train employees are also different from settlements from personal injury cases. Additionally, the outcomes of many train accident cases are confidential, so there is no way to know the value of these claims.
You Should Visit a Healthcare Provider
After suffering a train accident in Chicago, IL our lawyers advise seeking medical care. While you undergo treatment, keep copies of your:
Imaging scan results
Lab test results
Healthcare providers’ names
The facilities at which you received treatment
Prognosis and diagnosis
This information will verify that you were injured and sought medical attention. They can also provide insight into the value of your medical bills and related expenses.
Commonly Asked Questions in Chicago Train Accidents
During their case reviews, potential clients usually have one thing on their minds: do I have a case? Ultimately, it depends on your circumstances. For the most part, if another party’s negligence caused your accident, you could recoup damages.
Here are some other things that people have asked us:
How Long will It Take to Resolve Your Case?
It could take weeks, or it could take months. Your case’s timeline depends on the availability of evidence, the involved insurer, and your health condition.
What is Your Pain and Suffering Worth?
Your pain and suffering does not come with a predetermined value. Instead, its value is determined based on your circumstances, such as:
The length of your recovery period
The cost of your financial losses
Your quality of life
Your day-to-day functioning
Your relationships with your loved ones
Your ability to work
What Happens if You Don’t Win Your Case?
If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay our attorney’s fees. This refers to the time and effort our team put into your claim. We will explore all possible avenues in which you can seek damages. If we don’t think you have a case or if winning your case is unlikely, we will tell you. You can then decide whether you want to continue with pursuing a claim.
What Happens if You Do Win Your Case?
If you win your case, the amount of money you are awarded will be determined by the facts of your case, the severity of your injuries, the impact your injuries have had on your life, and the state laws that apply to your case.