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Chicago, Illinois has always been a railroad town, and commuter trains, CTA, Amtrak, and Metra trains are extremely common modes of transportation in the greater Chicago area. With a large number of rail lines in and around Chicago, however, comes the increased likelihood of train accidents and injuries. In fact, being involved in a serious train accident can cause disruption to your life for many weeks or months, during which time you may have to seek medical treatment for your injuries, undergo physical therapy, and miss time away from your job. 

If you have been injured in a Chicago-area train accident, it is important that you seek legal help right away. The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Malman Law are prepared to help you bring a claim or lawsuit and pursue economic and noneconomic damages for the injuries which you suffered in your accident.  

Please call us today at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more about how we can assist you with bringing a personal injury claim or filing a lawsuit. 

Common Causes of Chicago Train Accidents 

Train accidents in and around Chicago may occur for a number of different reasons. Some of the most common reasons why these accidents occur include the following:

  1. Slip and falls that occur in a train car
  2. Oily, greasy, or wet train car floors or station platforms
  3. Insufficient or negligent train maintenance
  4. Negligence on the part of the train operator, including cases where the operator violates posted train speed limits
  5. Train inspection violations that are not corrected in a timely manner
  6. Negligent drivers who stop on railroad tracks at grade crossings, causing trains to collide with them

Common Injuries Suffered in a Train Accident

Individuals who are involved in a train accident can suffer serious injuries, depending largely upon the circumstances of the accident and how it happened. Some of the most common injuries suffered by victims of Chicago train accidents include the following:

  1. Neck, back, and spinal cord injuries
  2. Multiple fractures
  3. Traumatic head and brain injuries
  4. Cuts and lacerations
  5. Burns
  6. Bruising

Taking Legal Action against a Common Carrier

Trains in Chicago, along with buses, are examples of common carriers. Common carriers owe a high duty of care to their passengers. Specifically, they are required to constantly inspect, and if necessary, repair train engines and cars, look for hidden defects on trains and along rail lines, and hire individuals (including train operators and conductors) who are experienced and who are properly trained. If the carrier breaches any of these duties and a train accident results, then the injured person or persons may be able to file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the carrier. 

Speak with a Chicago Personal Injury Attorney Today

If you have been injured in a train accident that caused you injuries, the legal team at Malman Law can help you explore all of your available legal options. To schedule a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a Chicago personal injury attorney, please call us at (312) 629-0099 or contact us online to learn more. 

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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