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East Palestine Train Derailment Attorney

Obtaining Justice for the Residents of East Palestine

On February 3, 2023, a train carrying hazardous materials derailed near eastern Ohio. The derailment and subsequent controlled burn caused dangerous chemicals such as phosgene and hydrogen chloride to be released into the air, ground, and water, potentially contaminating it for years to come. Individuals affected by the train derailment may experience serious symptoms, including respiratory issues and blurred vision.

If you suffered symptoms related to the train derailment in East Palestine, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation related to your injuries. It is imperative to act quickly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our office today at (305) 402-9050 to schedule a free case evaluation with a qualified attorney. 

What Happened in East Palestine?

Just before 9:00 pm on February 3, 2023, a Norfolk Southern train carrying hazardous materials derailed near the Pennsylvania border in East Palestine, Ohio. Preliminary reports by the  National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicate that the derailment was caused by a wheel bearing overheating. The NTSB is investigating whether Norfolk Southern had adequate safety measures in place to identify and address a wheel-bearing failure. 

The train had approximately 150 cars and three locomotives. Around 50 cars were impacted by the derailment, many of which were carrying dangerous substances such as vinyl chloride and butyl acrylate. The derailment sent several cars up in flames releasing these toxic chemicals into the environment. An emergency evacuation was put into place for residents living within a two-mile radius for several days, but many fear that the chemicals have infiltrated the ground and water supply. 

What Kinds of Symptoms Have People Reported?

Individuals who were exposed to the chemicals released in the East Palestine train derailment have reported a number of concerning symptoms. It is believed that the initial crash, along with the controlled burn of the chemicals, caused the release of toxins such as phosgene and hydrogen chloride.

Individuals in and around the crash site have reported symptoms including:

  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory problems
  • Coughing
  • Burning of the throat
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Burning of the eyes
  • Watery eyes

If you live or work near East Palestine and have experienced an increase in adverse health symptoms, you need to consult with an attorney. Your symptoms may be related to the hazardous chemicals that were released in the train crash. An attorney can help determine whether you have a valid claim for damages and how to take legal action.

Should I Retain an Attorney?

Multiple lawsuits have already been filed against Norfolk Southern and other potentially liable parties about the derailment and subsequent controlled burn. The release of the vinyl chloride sent potentially deadly toxins into the air contaminating the area for miles. 

At the time, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a press release calling for residents to evacuate for fear that remaining in the area could result in death. He noted people who did not evacuate the impacted area were at a “high risk of severe injury, including skin burns and serious lung damage.”

Despite knowing the risks to the people of East Palestine and the surrounding communities, the release of the toxic chemicals continued. Lawsuits allege that Norfolk Southern was not only negligent by having inadequate safety measures in place to prevent the initial accident but also in how the containment of the hazardous material was handled. Residents and workers in and around East Palestine are encouraged to speak to an attorney to determine their rights.

Do I Need to Be Evaluated By a Doctor?

If you live or work near the impacted area and have experienced any ongoing, adverse health conditions since the train derailment, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Obtaining a prompt and accurate diagnosis can help quicken your recovery. It may also help you build a strong case related to your damages. It is essential to keep all medical records related to your symptoms for your attorney to review. 

Should I Accept a Settlement or Payment Offer?

It is always in your best interest to have an attorney review your case before accepting any form of settlement or payment offer related to your case. By accepting a settlement or payment offer, you could waive your right to further damages. An attorney can help determine whether you should accept the offer or move forward with your case. 

Impacted by the East Palestine Train Derailment? Contact Our Office. 

Were you impacted by the East Palestine train derailment on February 3, 2023? You may be entitled to compensation for your damages. It is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible to determine your rights. Case evaluations are provided at no cost and without obligation to retain our services. Additionally, there is no upfront cost to you throughout the process. Contact our office today at (305) 402-9050 to schedule a free consultation. 

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