Lawyers Representing Those Injured And Killed In The May Amtrak Derailment Are Praising Congressional Action That Could Mean More Money To Compensate Victims Of The Deadly Crash. A Provision In A 1,300-Page Transportation Bill Would Raise The Cap On Total Victims’ Compensation In The Amtrak Crash From $200 Million To $295 Million.
The crash killed eight people and injured more than 200.
Plaintiffs attorney Tom Kline says, “We believe that the bill which will be enacted will provide a measure of justice which could not have been achieved if the cap had stood at its 1997 level of $200 million.”
Plaintiffs attorneys Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi represent 29 victims. Mongeluzzi said he expected liability and punitive damages from the crash to well exceed the $295 million cap.
He said expected a preliminary report from the NTSB by the end of the year.