WHAT TO DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WAS A PASSENGER INVOLVED IN THE FEBRUARY 24, 2015 OXNARD METROLINK TRAIN CRASH TO PRESERVE YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
• If you or a loved one was injured in the Oxnard Metrolink Train Crash, the most important thing is to get medical help. If the passenger survived the crash, focus first on getting all proper medical care before thinking about the legal aspect. Panish Shea & Boyle LLPcan make recommendations for respected physicians if you so desire.
• If it is possible, however, taking photographs of the victim’s injuries and of the treatment process could prove to be useful evidence later on.
• Locate and save any ticket or pass the passenger used to ride the Metrolink train that day, or any Metrolink tickets or passes from the past. Similarly, locate and retain any receipts and credit card or bank records from purchasing the ticket or pass.
• Contact experienced and respected plaintiffs counsel immediately. Panish Shea & Boyle LLP has been involved in the litigation of every major Metrolink disaster. We were on the plaintiffs’ steering committee of the Chatworth Metrolink Train Crash Litigation, the Placentia Metrolink Train Crash Litigation and are currently on the Glendale Metrolink Train Derailment Litigation. We were the only law firm to try a wrongful death case to jury verdict from the Placentia Metrolink Train Crash Litigation.
• Because Government entities are involved here, it is absolutely crucial that you get lawyers working for you promptly, as claims must be served on the government entities within 6 months, or all legal rights can be lost.
• Once you have retained competent and experienced legal counsel to handle the legal aspects of your case, continue to focus on the healing process, and let the lawyers worry about the legal process.
• Often overlooked by victims and families is the psychological impact of a tragedy like the Oxnard Metrolink crash. It is very important that psychological injury be treated early. Contact a respected psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor as soon as possible to begin the treatment process. We can make recommendations for you if you so desire.
• Continue to document any recovery photographically.