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.