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Amtrak to Pay $265 Million to Settle Philadelphia Crash Injury and Death Claims

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Amtrak to Pay $265 Million to Settle Philadelphia Crash Injury and Death Claims

The deadly Amtrak crash last year near Philadelphia left eight people dead and hundreds injured and shocked the nation.

The crash led to a lawsuit brought by injured passengers and railroad workers and the families of those who lost their lives.

This week, a judge ordered a $265 million settlement to settle claims resulting from the crash, reported


Media reports stated U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis issued an order Thursday morning, according to the attorneys representing those who were injured and killed in the May 2015 crash.

Eight people lost their lives and more than 200 were hurt in the accident when the Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed in Philadelphia.

The court had set up a plaintiff's management committee to handle the claims from the crash.

Attorneys representing the dead and the injured said the settlement was historic in terms of the comparatively short time it took.

The speed of settlement reflects the fact the engineer did not appear to be paying attention at the time of the crash, according to the finding of the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

The Amtrak service was traveling at 106 miles per hour into a 50 mph zone on a curve when the train derailed. The accident has added impetus for an automatic speed control system on the track which would prevent trains traveling too fast.

The Amtrak crash was one of the most serious train crashes on America’s railroads for many years.

If you are injured on a passenger train or if you lose a loved one, you have rights to sue the railroad. In many cases, a railroad is culpable for injuries to passengers.

By calling upon a team of seasoned experts, our experienced Virginia railroad accident lawyers will help you gather the documentation you require to support your claim and directly link your injuries to the negligence of a railroad company.

We have decades of experienced in making claims on the behalf of injured railroad passengers. We treat every client as we would treat a member of our family. We will do everything in our power to ensure a railroad is held liable for injuries to its passengers. Please call our railroad accident team at (757) 455-0077 or see our railroad passenger injuries resources.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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