Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized personal injury and wrongful death law firm based in Chicago, filed a lawsuit on Thursday, January 4th, 2017 in conjunction with the Luvera Law Firm in Seattle on behalf of an individual who was a passenger in a vehicle on Interstate 5 below in last month’s Amtrak derailment in Washington.
Clifford Law Offices and the Luvera Law Firm yesterday filed the first passenger lawsuit on behalf of a victim injured in the rail car that was dangling over Interstate 5 following the derailment. The firms have currently been retained by 10 individuals who were injured in the December 18th derailment. The lawsuit was filed in Washington state court, King County, on behalf of Blaine Wilmotte, who was seated in the front seat as a passenger in a vehicle below as he headed to a job site in the Seattle area. The 24-year old suffered multiple traumatic fractures of his limbs as well as emotional injuries that are ongoing. Also named in today’s lawsuit is Wilmotte’s wife, Madison.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the probable cause of the crash that initially reported the passenger train was traveling at 80 miles per hour around a curve that called for a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.
The attorneys at Clifford Law Offices handling the matter, reiterated that several people who were injured or the families of those who lost loved ones have contacted the firm because of Amtrak representatives reaching out to them in the hospital with paperwork to sign without a complete explanation of what their rights are following such a tragic incident.
For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).