PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A couple injured in the Amtrak 188 regional train derailment have filed a lawsuit in federal court against Amtrak and the train engineer. They have hired Fredric Eisenberg of the Philadelphia law firm Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. to represent them.
Newlyweds Declan MacFarland and his wife Kathryn Varnum were living in Virginia and in the process of relocating to New York City to begin their life together in an apartment they had recently agreed to lease. On May 12, they were travelling aboard Amtrak 188 so that Declan and Kathryn could attend job and client interviews scheduled for the following day. At approximately 9:20 p.m., the couple sensed that the train was entering a curve much too fast. They were suddenly thrown about inside the car as it left the track and turned on its side. Kathryn suffered multiple pelvic, hip and spinal fractures; Declan sustained a concussion, brain injury and head contusions. The couple were taken to Temple University Hospital where Kathryn had multiple surgeries, critical hospital care and acute inpatient rehabilitation. The full extent of their injuries is still being determined.
“Amtrak has known about this dangerous turn for decades. 79 people have already been killed there in the past,” commented Eisenberg. “If Amtrak had chosen to do the right thing, to take the proper safety precautions, then this tragedy could have been prevented. We are going to do everything in our power to see that Amtrak is held accountable for its negligent and reckless actions, and that this never happens again.”
Eight passengers died and more than 200 passengers were injured when the train bound for New York City derailed at Frankford Junction, northeast of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. Reasons for the train’s high rate of speed and loss of control remain under investigation.
Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck, P.C. is a highly respected law firm in Philadelphia and the nation, specializing in complex catastrophic personal injury. The firm has recovered some of the highest awards in Pennsylvania history for its clients. For more information, visit www.erlegal.com