Baltimore train accident attorney Steven H. Heisler is representing victims of the CSX Transportation train derailment in a class action lawsuit. The incident, which occurred on May 28 in Rosedale, resulted in a fiery explosion involving several harmful chemicals that were being carried by the train at the time.
If you have been injured in the explosion or potential exposed to chemicals and toxins in the wake of the accident, get in touch with Steven H. Heisler at (410) 625-4878. The compensation found in a class action lawsuit can cover your losses and the medical procedures that you need to recover from your injuries. Your losses and the dangers you have encountered due to another party’s dangerous actions should be taken seriously and dealt with through the help of a highly experienced lawyer.
The Devastation of the Accident
A collision between the freight train and a garbage truck caused the train to derail. The incident caused sodium chlorate being carried in one of the cars to mix with leaked fuel and explode, which in turn ignited terephthalic acid being carried in four other cars. Investigation suggests that mixing sodium chlorate with fuel can cause an explosion without even needing a spark.
The force and heat of the explosion was felt by people hundreds of yards away and blew out windows and damaged structures throughout the area. Smoke and chemicals carried into the air by the accident for several hours until firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. While evacuations were not ordered, residents of 70 homes in the area were asked to voluntarily leave and stay clear of the smoke.
The Dangers of Burning Chemicals
When hazardous chemicals are burned in the wake of a train crash, these materials are propelled into the air and may be inhaled by anyone in the surrounding area. Toxic gas inhalation has been the cause of multiple deaths after train derailments in recent years. Those who do not die may be left with permanent damage to lungs and other organs. Oxidizer chemicals, which include sodium chlorate, are known to create toxic and corrosive gases when they are burned.
Recovering After a Train Crash
Whether you have been immediately injured during a train accident or believe you have been exposed to toxic chemicals due to the accident, it is vital that you quickly take action. Get medical attention as soon as possible to cope with serious injuries and determine if you have been exposed to toxins. In doing so, you will be able to better understand your physical condition and prevent injuries from worsening if possible.
Next, find legal representation from an attorney who has experience representing victims of train accidents. Through representation, you will be able to hold the people who caused your accident responsible and receive compensation for the losses you have suffered. This monetary compensation will pay for your medical expenses, lost wages while being unable to work, and any future medical care that you will need to cope with trauma. Without compensation, you may be unable to pay for the procedures that you need and will be left in sudden and severe debt from being unable to work and undergoing costly medical care.
Needed Legal Care for Victims
Attorney Steven H. Heisler is dedicated to the wellbeing of his clients and strives to find fair and full compensation that will cover all present and future losses. If you have been injured in a train accident, do not wait to begin protecting your rights. The sooner you begin to take legal action, the better your chances are of finding success in your case. Call us today at (410) 625-4878 to learn more about your rights and legal options.
$5,500,000.00 - Steve represented a 33-year-old single mother of one whose vehicle was struck head-on by a construction truck in 2002. The client suffered life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks. She required two months of brain injury rehabilitation. The client currently has serious permanent disabilities as a result of the accident including short term memory loss, impaired speech, double vision, and right side paralysis.
She is unable to return to her occupation as a dental hygienist or any other occupation. Steve Heisler and his associate Keith Kauffman negotiated a $5.5 million structured settlement at mediation. Should the client reach her life expectancy the payout increases to $9.5 million.
$250,000 - Steve represented the family of a 15 year old Anne Arundel County boy who was killed when the vehicle he was a passenger in failed to negotiate a curve and struck a tree. The defendant driver was also killed. Another passenger survived the crash. The defendant driver had a $300,000.00 liability policy. Steve negotiated a $250,000.00 settlement for the family. The remaining $50,000.00 was tendered to the surviving passenger.
$800,000 - Steve represented the estate and family of a 45 year old man who was killed when the motorcycle he was riding struck a guardrail and he was catapulted down an embankment. The estate and family alleged that a vehicle in the lane to the immediate left of the man swerved into his lane and caused a collision. The defendant strongly denied any wrong doing. The case was settled at a settlement conference for $800,000.00.
$325,000 - Steve’s client, a 45 year old Sr. Program Manager, was struck by a work vehicle that failed to yield the right of way while turning left in front of the victim in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Steve’s client was thrown from his Harley Davidson and suffered multiple injuries resulting in two surgeries. Suit was filed and the case settled for $325,000.00.
$200,000 - Steve’s client, an elderly lady from West Virginia, was seriously injured when the car she was traveling in was struck by a negligent driver in Garrett County, Maryland. The lady suffered a broken back and detached retina. Steve negotiated a $100,000.00 settlement with the defendant driver’s insurance company and was successful in getting his client’s West Virginia insurance company to “stack” an additional $100,000.00 for a total settlement of $200,000.00.
$100,000 - Steve represented a five year old Eastern Shore boy who was struck by a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road while the boy was riding his bike. Steve's client suffered a traumatic brain injury and serious fractures which required him to spend an extended period of time in a rehabilitation center. The boy now has permanent brain damage. The case settled for the driver's policy limits of $100,000.00.
$95,000 - Steve represented a 36-year-old Cecil County man who was rear ended while stopped at a red light. The force of the impact was severe and his client’s vehicle was totaled. Steve’s client suffered a cerebral concussion, a C5-6 disc herniation, and a L2-3 disc protrusion. He received a 30% whole-body permanent disability rating. Steve settled the case with the insurance company for $95,000.00.