The Metrolink Chatsworth disaster here in California was one of the worst train disasters California has experienced. Over 135 persons sustained serious personal injury and 25 people tragically lost their lives. Since that sad day, we have learned more about the terrible set of circumstances that led up to the catastrophic event. Distractions such as texting, driver fatigue due to overworking, and possible mechanical malfunction are all presumed. However did you know the victims and their families have limited time to file their claims?
With all that these families are going through, the last things is to worry about claim forms and filing deadlines. However the cut-off date is quickly approaching for this accident. You must file in early March 2009 claims against Metrolink, track owners, and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation authority (LACMTA). The statute of limitations is artificially short for governmental agencies, ‘to allow the agencies to investigate”. Here it would seem more appropriate to waive the claim filing date cut off, but good luck getting a judge to agree with you.
Unfortunately nearly half of the victims have not filed claims yet and their rights may be forever barred if they don’t act soon. Getting a California personal injury attorney that you trust and that can handle these bureaucratic procedures for you is the most prudent thing you can do. You need an expert on your side to handle the details, know the deadlines, and handle the insurance and governmental agencies.
Personal Injury cases such as these are complicated and need a qualified and highly experienced California personal injury lawyer such as Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie. They have a team of lawyers ready to fight for your rights and recover for all of your future needs.