Posted on: September 24, 2011
A bill is being proposed in the South Carolina Senate to help the families who were injured in a children’s train crash in Spartanburg last month, according to news reports .
The bill, proposed by the Senate Majority Leader, would “exclude medical expenses from the current liability cap that protects the government from paying unlimited damages,” according to news reports.
If passed, the bill would allow the adults and children injured in the train accident to “recover all medical costs and lost earnings but would lower the limit on other damages like pain and suffering.”
According to South Carolina’s Tort Claims Act the amount of damages a person can recover is limited to $300,000 to $600,000 per occurrence. “This case would include the county and the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation – the agency responsible for inspecting the train,” according to news reports.
The train at Cleveland Park in Spartanburg crashed Saturday, March 19 with nearly 30 passengers aboard. The accident killed a six-year-old boy and injured at least 17 people. The conductor injured his arm in the accident.
As a North Charleston personal injury lawyer , I’m saddened to hear about this fatal accident involving children. I hope all the other children and adults who were injured in the accident are able to quickly recover from their injuries. I hope the victims are fairly compensated.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a train accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .