Brentwood has a long history with railroads. The town began as a stop on the Missouri Pacific Railroad. While this bolstered the economy, along with trains came railroad-related injuries. Due to the speed, size, and weight of railway cars and engines, these injuries could—and can still be—catastrophic.

When you or someone you love is struck and injured by a train, you should speak with an experienced Brentwood railroad injury lawyer at OnderLaw. You have the legal right to seek compensation for all losses related to your injury. Our team of skilled personal injury attorneys can guide you through the process, but you must act quickly to preserve evidence and comply with the state’s time restrictions to file a lawsuit. Our firm possesses the knowledge and experience you need during this trying time.

At OnderLaw, we know how to hold large railroad corporations accountable for negligent train accidents and are dedicated to advocating for our friends and neighbors during their times of need. We know this is much more than a case—it is your life. Let us help you take it back.

What To Do After Suffering a Train Injury?

What you do immediately after suffering an injury on a railroad may significantly affect the strength of your claim for financial recovery. Measures you should take after being injured include:

  • Seeking immediate medical attention
  • Filing a report of the injury
  • Gathering the names and contact information of any witnesses
  • Taking pictures of the scene
  • Obtaining a medical evaluation, even if injuries are minor
  • Documenting all financial costs associated with the injury

Steps not to take following an injury on the railroad include:

  • Do NOT give a statement to the railroad or their insurer
  • Do NOT sign a release from the train company or their insurer
  • Do NOT discuss the accident with anyone but your dedicated attorney at OnderLaw

Insurance companies often try to get injured people to give a recorded statement. They employ this tactic to protect themselves, not you. Moreover, they may present you with a quick settlement offer that undervalues your claim. If you accept the settlement, they will have you sign a release preventing you from ever seeking additional compensation. These offers do not benefit you; they only benefit the insurance company.

Large railroad companies have their own lawyers to represent them. They look out for the best interests of the railroad. This is why you need skilled legal professionals on your side to take up your cause and fight for your rights. Schedule a consultation with one of the qualified attorneys at OnderLaw with experience handling Brentwood railroad accident claims. We don’t just take on cases, we take on causes. Let us help with yours.

Proving Negligence in Railroad Injury Cases

You must prove negligence to prevail in a claim for compensation after a railroad crossing or other train injury. There are four elements to this:

  • First, you must demonstrate the railroad owed you a duty of care;
  • Second, you must show the railroad breached that duty of care by maintaining an unsafe environment;
  • Third, you must show the railroad’s breach of its duty of care caused the accident;
  • Finally, you must show you experienced harm because of the breach of duty.

Even if you can prove negligence, you still have limited time to seek monetary damages for your losses. Generally, injured people have five years from the date of the injury to initiate legal proceedings against the railroad. Several factors may lengthen or shorten the time available to file. Speaking with a capable Brentwood railway injury attorney can help you understand the law and time constraints that apply to your case.

Seek Help From a Brentwood Train Injury Attorney

When you or a loved one suffers an injury on the railroad, you should immediately contact a Brentwood railroad injury lawyer at OnderLaw. We understand the unique challenges you face during this time, such as unexpected medical costs, loss of income from work, and emotional distress. We know how to fight insurance companies and will vigorously represent you while you focus on recovery.

At OnderLaw, we’re not just on your side; we’re by your side. Contact us today for a free consultation with a committed legal professional.