If you were one of the dozens of passengers who was injured in the Amtrak derailment disaster on December 18th, 2017 near DuPont, WA, you need to understand how to protect your own legal rights and ensure that you are not taken advantage of by the attorneys and investigators representing Amtrak and any insurance companies who may be involved in the case.
Amtrak has been quickly making offers of compensation and benefits to victims. This is likely in an effort to prevent those victims from retaining legal counsel and getting the best possible result (settlement) for their individual situations.
WARNING: Accepting any offer of compensation from Amtrak could prevent railroad crash victims from being able to pursue future legal claims for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
That's why attorney Chris Davis of Davis Law Group created this free Amtrak Passenger Compensation Agreement for any victim who wishes to protect their legal rights.
If you are approached by a representative or official from Amtrak or The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (NRPC) and are presented with an offer for compensation or benefits, simply present this document and have the representative or official sign and date the document---before you agree to anything. This will establish an acknowledgement from an official representative of Amtrak or The NRPC that you do not wish to waive your right to pursue legal action in the future.
Why Is This Document Necessary? Settlement Protection
Insurance companies and large corporations such as The National Railroad Passenger Corporation and Amtrak are in the business of profitability, and they accomplish that goal by paying out as little as possible to people who are injured by their negligence. Although Amtrak representatives have indicated that they are willing to pay for the medical costs and other damages for victims, they will still likely do everything in their power to minimize their own financial responsibility for the DuPont train derailment.
Federal law also caps the total payout for all damages related to the derailment at $295 million. Although this number might seem high at first, the total damages from property damage, bodily injury, victims' medical bills, infrastructure repairs, and other related costs could conceivably be higher than that number. This is just one of the many reasons that it is important for victims to protect themselves.
Purpose Of Amtrak Passenger Compensation Agreement
To assist victims in protecting their own legal rights, Davis Law Group has created an absolutely free document for victims of the derailment disaster to download and use in the event that they are contacted by Amtrak representatives or anyone else who may be involved in the case. If you are contacted by a representative of Amtrak or one of the insurance companies, they will likely offer you some sort of compensation.
Davis Law Group is currently representing victims from the Amtrak derailment, and our clients have shared the details of their interactions with Amtrak officials in the hours and days since the incident occurred. From what we know, Amtrak representatives have offered the following forms of compensation to victims thus far:
- Hotel and Travel Vouchers
Many families who live outside of the Seattle area have been offered hotel and travel vouchers which would allow them to stay near their loved ones who may be hospitalized or otherwise unable to return home at this time.
- Future Medical Bill Documents
We don't have any hard copies of these documents yet, but victims have indicated that Amtrak representatives have asked them to sign documents that offer to cover future medical expenses and other related costs.
In either event, agreeing to accept offers or signing any documents from an Amtrak or The National Railroad Passenger Corporation would likely not be in the best interests of victims who have been injured in the Amtrak derailment disaster. Amtrak has already acknowledge some level of responsibility in this incident, and our attorneys are currently investigating all possible contributing factors that may have caused the derailment.
Why Victims Should Contact Our Attorneys
Again, Amtrak is likely making offers of compensation and benefits to victims in an effort to prevent those victims from retaining legal counsel and getting the best possible result for their individual situations. Accepting any offer of compensation from Amtrak could prevent victims from being able to pursue future claims for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you or a loved one was hurt in the Amtrak derialment near DuPont, WA, contact the attorneys at Davis Law Group today to learn more about your legal rights and options. We offer free legal consultations to accident victims and work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no up-front costs and you only owe legal fees after your case has been successfully resolved.