Last week, riders and at least one employee with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) were injured in a train derailment in Boston.
As reported by the Boston Fire Department, on Saturday, June 8, at approximately 11 a.m., the train car derailed near Kenmore Square in the tunnel. Because the derailment happened just before the start of Boston’s annual Pride Parade and Red Sox game at Fenway Park, there were heavy delays.
Fifty first responders arrived at the scene of the derailment. EMTs transported nine of the injured to local medical facilities for evaluation and treatment of injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening. Another individual reportedly was also injured but refused to be treated at the scene.
The operator of the derailed train was among the injured although there are no reports of his condition.
Witnesses told first responders that the lights went out and the impact of the derailment tossed them around inside the train car. The accident remains under investigation by officials.
Undoubtedly, a full investigation will reveal the cause of the accident. However, the injured train operator will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of his role — if any — in the incident.
Workers’ comp benefits protect injured workers who got hurt on the job while carrying out their normal duties. If you suffered a workplace injury here in Boston, you may decide to retain a workers’ compensation attorney to help you get the financial assistance you need while you are unable to return to work. Your medical bills and other related expenses should also be covered by these benefits.