If you have been involved in an accident where you were injured or perhaps received something that was hazardous to your health, like the inhaling of toxic fumes, the chances are that if it was not due to your fault, you would want to claim for compensation from somebody. In most cases you would probably be justified in doing so but, making a claim for compensation and actually receiving compensation can be two different things. Usually, especially if you are making your claim against a big company like a railroad company or even if you are claiming from the social security, they will employ lawyers to try and stop you from receiving that compensation or at least try to reduce the amount. When faced with submitting a claim for compensation, you are therefore best advised to seek help or guidance from a personal injury lawyer. So, if the claim is being made in Texas, seek a houston personal injury lawyer advise or one in the state where you are making the claim. Although, in your mind and most other peoples, there may be no doubt that you are entitled to compensation, legal terms and complications may determine that you receive nothing or very little. A personal injury lawyer though, knows all these legal terms and phrases and is not at all put off by them or intimidated by them. It is of course even better if you hire a personal injury lawyer that is familiar with your type of claim. This should not be too hard as there are more claims made on a daily basis than you may think. Take railroad accidents for example, on average there is one railroad collision or derailment every 90 minutes in the United States alone and some of those, on an average of one every two weeks, involves hazardous materials. These accidents result in a lot of deaths and hundreds of injuries each and every year. In 50% of the cases the incidents happen at railroad crossings as even the Federal Railroad Administration recognise the fact that 80% of the railroad crossings in the country have inadequate safety warnings. This number of accidents is hardly surprizing given the inadequate warnings and the fact that most railroad companies use safety equipment which is at least 70 years old. There is of course more modern equipment available but the railroad companies feel that they are not worth the expense, even though lives are being lost on a regular basis. If you are therefore a victim from one of these derailments, do not feel sorry for those companies as it is possibly only by claiming as much as we can that will convince them that it is in their financial interests to improve their safety standards. If you hire a personal injury lawyer and you win your claim, not only will you be compensated but you may also save lives in the future by helping encourage the railroad companies to change their policies.
By Patricia Jones | Published March 25, 2016