The basic definition of personal injury is when a person gets hurt or is killed through no fault of his own but due to the negligence on the part of someone else. This can happen a lot of time and in many circumstances. There have been a number of personal injury cases that have proven fatal or have caused a person to be permanently disabled. Accidents, injuries when on job, etc come under personal injury cases for which a person can claim compensation. As a matter of fact train accidents also come under personal injury.
Just as the term of President Bush was coming to an end a bill was passed in the legislative assembly that people who have been involved in railroad accidents shouldn’t be provided the opportunity to claim under personal injury. This was actually done to improve the financial status of the American railways since a personal injury claim can amount to millions of dollars. And imagine a railroad accident where hundreds of lives can be lost and thousands injured. A number of such accidents are generally due to negligence on the part of the drivers and in one situation a driver caused an accident just because he was texting a message when on job. This resulted in a collision resulting in hundreds of causalities and deaths.
In such situation thousands of families can file for personal injury against the authorities and in case the people win the authorities are supposed to pay millions of dollars for the compensation. This is the reason why President Bush has introduced the bill but this has been opposed by a number of statesmen and citizens alike. And now that during President Obama’s term, there have been ideas to amend this law as it is seen as a gross injustice to thousands of people who have been unfortunate enough to be on the train at such a fatal hour.
The main idea of the law introduced by President Bush was to preempt people injured in railroad accident from filing personal injury and the compensation that can be provided on the whole was limited to 200 million dollars. Though this seems a steep compensation, it should be recognized that thousands will be involved and distributing a sum of $200 million will not provide enough compensation to every person.