The families injured in the miniature train accident at a South Carolina park on March 19 said the tragic incident is becoming a financial tragedy as well, according to news reports.
The train 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.
A group of family members, attorneys and state lawmakers met Monday at the Cherokee County Courthouse to discuss compensation for victims,a ccording to news reports.
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.
However, some of the victims' medical bills could exceed $600,000, excluding losses in the future from physical or mental changes, according to news reports.
Criminal charges could be filed in the incident.
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.