Several railroad lines traverse Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, including CTA “L” trains, Metra commuter trains, and Amtrak cross-country trains. Railroad crossings can be dangerous places, however. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reports that fatal railroad pedestrian accidents occur about once every 10 days in the Chicago area. Suburban railroad crossings suffer the greatest number of Chicago area railroad fatalities, according to the Chicago Tribune, with the suburban communities of Barrington, La Grange, Villa Park, Lake Forest and Franklin Park experiencing the most railroad deaths.
If a loved has died in a railroad accident, you may be entitled to compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit. The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. focus on accident and injury law. We frequently represent the families of deceased victims of negligence, including fatal railroad accidents, fatal bus accidents, fatal truck accidents, and fatal car accidents, as well as medical malpractice fatalities.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal claim brought by the family of a deceased victim of negligence – whether the victim of a fatal railroad accident, a fatal truck accident, a fatal car accident, a personal injury accident, a dangerous or defective product, or medical malpractice. Wrongful death lawsuits involve complex legal issues of liability and damages.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal railroad accident or other public transportation accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with a knowledgeable and experienced wrongful death attorney like the Chicago fatal railroad accident attorneys at Cogan & Power.
Wrongful death lawsuits involve a number of complex legal issues regarding liability and damages. The plaintiff must first prove that the defendant is liable for the decedent’s death as a result of negligent or intentional wrongdoing. At Cogan & Power, our Chicago fatal railroad accident attorneys engage in a comprehensive factual investigation of the accident and a thorough legal analysis of all possible legal claims. We review the conductor’s record for any past violations, prior accidents, and drug or alcohol use. We also analyze the train company’s hiring practices, work environment, and train maintenance records. Once liability is assessed, there are often complex legal issues regarding the appropriate level of compensation that should be awarded as damages.
At Cogan & Power, our compassionate Chicago wrongful death attorneys understand that no amount of money can ease the pain that you are feeling following the death of a loved one. But receiving compensation after a fatal railroad accident can go a long way in helping pay bills and ease the financial burden that can follow the death of a loved one.
We strive to obtain the maximum recovery possible for our clients, which might include the following compensation in a wrongful death action:
(if decedent has minor children)
of surviving spouse and next of kin
of the decedent prior to death
(if defendant’s actions were intentional)
The Chicago wrongful death attorneys at Cogan & Power have the skill, knowledge, and experience to assess any potential wrongful death cause of action, including fatal railroad accidents. Moreover, our vast experience litigating wrongful death actions allows us to analyze the potential damages to which you may be entitled.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal railroad accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to discuss a possible wrongful death claim and learn more about the types of damages to which you may be entitled. We take cases on a contingency basis, so will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.