PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Lawyers representing those injured and killed in the May Amtrak derailment are praising Congressional action that could mean more money to compensate victims of the deadly crash.
A provision in a 1,300-page transportation bill would raise the cap on total victims’ compensation in the Amtrak crash from $200 million to $295 million.READ MORE: Sheriff's Deputies Dismantle Protest Encampment Outside Of University City Townhomes
The crash killed eight people and injured more than 200.
Plaintiffs attorney Tom Kline says, “We believe that the bill which will be enacted will provide a measure of justice which could not have been achieved if the cap had stood at its 1997 level of $200 million.”READ MORE: Heat Health Emergency In Philadelphia Has Residents Running For Cover From Sun: 'This Heat Is Like, Dangerous'
Plaintiffs attorneys Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi represent 29 victims. Mongeluzzi said he expected liability and punitive damages from the crash to well exceed the $295 million cap.
He said expected a preliminary report from the NTSB by the end of the year.
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