Ohio Train Derailment 2023 Lawsuit

Now Offering Free, No Obligation Consultations for Individuals Who Suffered Losses or Injuries Because of the 2023 Ohio Train Derailment 

At Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, we are dedicated to holding Norfolk Southern accountable for its negligence that caused the Ohio train derailment, fire, and chemical leak in East Palestine, Ohio. 

Get a free, no obligation Ohio train derailment lawsuit claim evaluation with our award-winning attorneys to help determine if you may be entitled to compensation for losses or injuries related to this toxic train derailment.

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Who Is Entitled to Compensation? 

Do you own, rent, and/or reside within property that was subject to the Ohio train derailment evacuation order in East Palestine, Ohio and/or in the Surrounding Areas? Or, did you suffer an injury related to the Ohio train-derailment related accident and chemical spill?

Ohio train derailment

If so, you are strongly encouraged to claim your FREE case evaluation to learn more about your legal rights.

You may be entitled to recover compensation.

Compensation for damages may include:

  • Past, present, and future medical costs 
  • Lost wages
  • Mental anguish
  • Personal injuries 
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss and contamination of property
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Ohio Toxic Train Wreck Timeline

Norfolk Southern faces multiple lawsuits for alleged negligence that resulted in injuries and the evacuation of thousands of homeowners and businesses within a mile of the catastrophic derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio. 

Here’s a timeline of the events following the Ohio train derailment.

February 3: At approximately 9:00 p.m. a train operated by Norfolk Southern Railway Co. experienced a catastrophic derailment in East Palestine, Ohio. Of the approximated 100 derailed train cars, 10 to 20 contained highly flammable and hazardous chemicals—including butyl acrylate, benzene residue, and vinyl chloride—a known carcinogen. The hazardous chemicals ignited, resulting in a fire and a bloom of toxic black clouds. 

chemical spill in Ohio

February 5:  Gov. Mike DeWine ordered an immediate evacuation of thousands of residents and business owners located within the one mile danger zone of the train derailment site due to the potential of a major explosion resulting from a change in temperature on one of the train cars. 

February 6 – 7: East Palestine residents and business owners were still unable to return to their homes or properties as environmental officials continued to work on a controlled release of toxic chemicals from the derailed train cars. 

The controlled release of the chemicals affected local waterways—even killing about 3,500 fish.

February 8: After multiple air and water quality tests came back safe, the evacuation order was lifted. However, officials still advised those who returned to the area to use bottled water. 

February 14: Norfolk Southern President and CEO Alan Shaw announced a new $1-million charitable fund as one component of its planned support of East Palestine.

How Toxic Is Vinyl Chloride?

exposure to vinyl chloride

Symptoms following immediate exposure to vinyl chloride can include fatigue, dizziness, loss of balance, walking issues, fatigue, tingling in the extremities, eye irritation, and respiratory irritation.  

The National Cancer Institute reports that exposure to vinyl chloride can also be linked to ​​an increased development of:

  • Liver cancer
  • Brain and lung cancers
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia 

Furthermore, in the most severe cases, death may result from contact with this hazardous chemical.

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Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys is dedicated to fighting for the legal rights of residents, business owners, first responders, and others who may have been adversely impacted by this toxic train derailment in Ohio. 

Please contact us for a free, no obligation initial Ohio toxic train derailment lawsuit case review. You may be entitled to a financial settlement by filing a lawsuit for related losses and injuries.

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