How Much Compensation For A Personal Injury Sustained In A Train Station Accident Claim?
By Mark Ainsdale. Last Updated 1st April 2021. Welcome to our guide to train station accident claims. In this guide, we look at how to claim train station injury compensation. A train station accident can happen in several different ways. Statistics reveal that over 6,000 passengers in the United Kingdom are victims of train station-related accidents every year. Accidents can occur due to slipping on the platform while dismounting or boarding a train; as the result of tripping over loose floor tiles; or as the result of an object falling from a height.
Injuries as a result of these accidents can be severe. In many cases, people who have been involved in a train station accident that has resulted in an injury may be owed compensation. This guide aims to provide information about train station accident compensation and how best to succeed in a claim. If you would like to find out more about this subject, please contact our offices and discuss the matter with a legal expert.
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Select a section:
- A guide to claiming for a personal injury caused by a train station accident.
- Claiming for a slip trip or fall at a train station.
- Claiming for a stair or escalator accident at a train station.
- Other common train station accidents.
- Claiming for a train station accident as an employee.
- Claiming for a train station accident as a member of the public.
- Train station accident facts and statistics.
- Assessing the severity of a personal injury sustained in a train station accident.
- The long-term effects of a personal injury sustained in a train station accident.
- What to do if you have suffered a personal injury due to a train station accident.
- What can be claimed after a train station accident?
- No win no fee train station accident claims.
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- How to start a train station accident claim.
- Why choose us as your claims service for a train station accident claim.
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
- Useful Links On Train Station Accident Claims
- FAQs On Claims If Injured In A Train
In this guide to train station accident claims, we will provide a considerable amount of information for anyone who has been involved in an accident in or around a train station. The guide will discuss the various possible train station accidents, how to assess the severity of an injury suffered, the importance of an accurate diagnosis, and what to do if you have suffered a personal injury due to a train station accident.
The guide will also explore the varying amounts of train station injury compensation which can be claimed after an accident and how much you should expect as a settlement for different types and severity of injuries. It includes a paytable where you can see the ranges of train station accident claim payouts and how they differ.
The guide will also discuss the various advantages that come with working alongside a law firm on your case, including the ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement and the best way to begin a case. If you have any further questions, the guide’s final section will provide all the contact information you require.
Slips, trips, and falls are the most common accidents which occur in British train stations. Accidents such as these can happen for many different reasons. These include (but are not limited to):
- Spillages at the train station which are not wiped away or cleaned.
- Slippery and wet platforms caused by rainfall.
- Tripping over baggage left by either staff or passengers.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outline the common causes of a slip, trip and fall, which includes design and maintenance, walkways and housekeeping. While these accidents are common in train stations, it is essential to note that under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the railway station operators and train companies must ensure that passengers are safe from any harm in a train station and, as such, are liable for any accidents which take place in the station.
Therefore, you may be within your rights to claim compensation following an injury sustained due to a slip, trip, or fall at the train station. For more advice regarding a slip, trip, or fall, you can contact us for free advice.
Stairs or escalators at train stations are also a common cause of accidents, mainly due to a combination of the overcrowded platforms and escalators. Problems can also be caused by slippery stairs, broken stairs, or times when there is a mechanical problem with the escalators. Any of these issues can lead to an accident, which can lead to an injury.
As mentioned above, in situations such as these, the liability typically belongs to the train station operators or the maintenance service providers. They are required to ensure that the stairs and escalators are well-maintained and safe for users.
You may be able to claim train station injury compensation if you sustain an injury due to the stairs and escalators in a train station. The amount of compensation for train station accident claims will depend on the severity of the damage. Contact us for free advice on how to go about claiming compensation due to any injury caused while using the stairs or escalators in any train station in the UK.
In addition to the issues listed above, there are many other common causes of train station accidents. These can include (but are not limited to):
- Defective doors trapping clothing items or closing on passengers, causing injuries.
- Exposed sharp edges on trains or in the station causing injuries.
- Damaged seating or tracks that lead to accidents.
- Accidents at level crossings.
No matter the cause of the accident – and as long as it is caused by someone’s misconduct or negligence on the part of the operators or otherwise – you might be able to claim compensation. If in doubt about train station injury compensation claims, you can contact us for free advice.
In situations where you are an employee of the train station (or are contracted to work inside a train station), an accident which leads to an injury will likely involve making a claim against your employer. According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and as overseen by the Health and Safety Executive, every employer has to provide a safe working environment for employees. When this is not the case, the employee may have a right to claim compensation.
This means that the employer is expected to provide the right work equipment, the correct health and safety training, and follow several other measures to safeguard workers from injury. If there is negligence on the part of the employers or a breach of safety procedures, you can make a train station injury claim as an employee and get compensated. If you are an employee, you may wish to seek out legal representation before making any train station accident claims.
As mentioned in a previous section, train station operators must provide a safe environment for both the workers and passengers. Therefore, as a member of the public, you are within your rights to make a train station injury claim if you have been the victim of an accident that occurred as the result of a mistake or someone’s incompetence – especially on the part of the station operators – or the negligence of the management of the train station.
Whatever the case, you can make a claim against the management of the station if you are a member of the public. However, the complexities of the case might make this difficult. If you are struggling with a claim such as this, working in conjunction with a law firm might be the best option. Contact us to start your train station injury compensation claim.
How frequently could people make train station injury compensation claims? Understanding the range of facts and statistics concerning accidents in train stations can help you better understand your own claim. It was reported by the Department of Transport (DFT) that there were 3.2 billion journeys made by rail in 2017/18, and on average, people made around 986 trips using a variety of public transport, which included:
- 10% Taxi/minicab
- 33% of rail trips
- 48% of bus journeys
- 3% Other forms of transport.
As demonstrated by the annual statistical summary given by the Department of Transport (DFT), accidents can and will occur in stations.
So let’s take a look at specific facts and figures relating to train station accidents.
According to the Office of Rail and Road:
- There were 6,354 minor injuries on trains or in stations in 2019/20, an increase of 3.5% on the previous year.
- There were 353 major injuries, and of these, 63.2% were sustained as a result of a slip, trip and fall. You can see the figures for the past decade or so in the graph below.
- There were, tragically, 21 non-suicide related fatalities in 2019/20, 17 of which were trespassers. Sadly, 3 of the trespass fatalities involved children under 18.
If you’ve suffered an injury and what to learn more about train station accident claims, please get in touch today.
It is important to note that the severity of the injury sustained during an accident will be one of the most important factors when determining the amount of compensation that can be claimed. As we will see in a later section, injuries which are considered to be more severe will generally be awarded a higher compensation total. This is why properly diagnosing the severity of an injury is so important.
In assessing the severity of the injury, getting a professional medical opinion is required. Medical experts are expected to conduct a thorough examination of the claimant in order to ascertain the level of damage. Fortunately, we can also arrange for a local medical inspection for our clients if necessary. Once we have this detailed report, we can help ensure that you seek the right amount of compensation for your injuries.
Train station injury compensation could compensate people for the long-term consequences of an injury. Injuries sustained during a train station accident can have a long-term effect on the victim. In addition to the physical pain and suffering that can be caused by accident, there are long-term effects in the form of psychological and emotional trauma and conditions that do not manifest until later in the victim’s life.
In assessing the long-term effects of an injury, medical assessors will consider many factors. These can include the quality of life of a victim and how it has been affected and the future pain that the victim may have to endure. Payout amounts will be adjusted accordingly. The following could be the long-term effect of a train station accident:
- Inability to work after the accident.
- Reduced earnings as a result of the accident.
- Inability to continue a professional career.
- Depression or mental health conditions as a result of the accident.
- Increased vulnerability to other medical issues.
Note that the severity of the injury will likely determine the long-term effect on the victim. However, it will be considered alongside the long-term implications when deciding a settlement amount.
To discover what else you can factor into train station accident claims, get in touch with our personal injury advisers.
If you have suffered a personal injury due to a train station accident, several recommended steps can help a future compensation claim. After you have sought medical help, we recommend that you:
- Collect Evidence: This means you have to record everything that might help your case. It would be best to take photographs of the injury, the accident scene, and anything else that might be considered relevant to the claim. You may also have to gather contact information from witnesses, as they may be useful when pursuing the case.
- Get a Medical Opinion: This can help to determine the severity of the injury sustained. We can arrange for a local medical examination for our clients if needed.
- Record Losses: The number of losses sustained as a result of the injury will indicate what can be claimed. Losses could be general, such as travel expenses and medical expenses. It is important to document all losses.
Once you have carried out the above steps, you should be in a good position to take your case forward. However, you may have some questions about how to prove train station accident claims, and if so, we can answer them. Simply call us on the number at the top of this page.
The process of determining a final compensation settlement will depend on a number of factors. These can include (but are not limited to):
- General Damages: This refers to those types of damages that may not be the same for every case, such as the pain, suffering, and psychological effect suffered as a result of the injury.
- Travel Expenses: The travel cost and losses incurred during the journey as a result of the accident
- Medical Expenses: This refers to the medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury you sustained.
- Special Damages: If the accident results in damaging special items, you could claim compensation for them, such as phones, tablets, laptops, etc.
It is important to note that the accident and injury’s nature will determine what could be claimed. However, documenting all losses and expenses can ensure that you are appropriately compensated.
One of the most pressing issues facing people considering a claim can be the need to fund the process. We have recognised that those who are suffering from an injury may not be in the best possible place to make a claim, financially speaking, especially if they have been forced to take time away from work. That’s why we offer our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement.
What is this ‘No Win No Fee’ deal? Simply put, the ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement is a Conditional Fee Arrangement (or ‘CFA’) in which legal representation is provided to our clients at no charge, until such as time as the case is successful. As a result, you don’t initially pay us any fees when we are working on your case. When the case is won, we will take our legal fees from the compensation amount. If the case is unsuccessful, we will not do so. This can be a far easier way in which to arrange for legal assistance when making a claim for train station injury compensation.
If you’re looking for information on the potential values of train station accident claims, this section will shed some light on the matter.
Trying to determine the full compensation total without the facts of the case can be challenging. Given the unique parameters which are often so important, giving a truly accurate estimate might be almost impossible. However, we have spent many years working in the legal world, and we can provide this table. It contains average payouts for specific injuries.
|Toe Injury||Severe||£12,900 to £29,770||Could be caused by trip and fall. May lead to loss of function of the toe|
|Toe Injury||Moderate||Up to £9,010||Temporary loss of function of the toe as a result of the injury|
|Toe Injury||Full Amputation||£34,270 to £52,620||Accident leads to loss of the toe permanently.|
|Foot Injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||A little damage to the foot as a result of the injury|
|Foot Injury||Moderate||£12,900 to £23,460||Damage to the foot with serious pains as a result of the injury|
|Foot Injury||Serious||£23,460 to £36,790||Loss of the foot temporarily due to the accident.|
|Foot Injury||Severe||£39,390 to £65,710||Loss of function of the foot with serious pain as a result of injury.|
|Foot Injury||Very Severe||£78,800 to £102,890||A very severe case of foot injury, may take time to heal|
|Foot Injury||Amputation||£78,800 to £102,890||A situation where accident results in the permanent loss of the foot.|
|Finger Injury||Severe Fracture||Up to £34,480||Fracture of the finger causing severe pains as a result of the injury.|
|Finger Injury||Loss of Index Finger and Middle and/or Ring Fingers||£58,100 to £85,170||Accident results in the loss of the index finger|
The table above shows typical compensation payout amounts from train accidents involving the likes of slipping and falling. However, other possible injuries are not covered in this table like the ankle, back, shoulder, eye, and neck damages. It is important to note how much the severity of an injury can affect the compensation calculated for your payout. Furthermore, if you need a more detailed or accurate idea of the amount of compensation you may receive, please feel free to contact our team via our online contact form.
When you are thinking about making a compensation claim, you may be struggling to get started. Knowing how and when to file the claim can be difficult. This is why we offer potential
clients a free, no-obligation legal consultation. In this session, we will be able to judge your claim’s viability and provide you with an answer as to how successful you might be and how much compensation you might expect to receive. Our experience and history in the legal trade mean that we can offer insightful, straightforward advice at a time when it is most needed.
Following this session, you may decide to work with our team on any train accident claims. If you do, then our specialist solicitors can handle the main bulk of the work from here on in. This includes arranging for you to see a local doctor and be properly diagnosed. It involves settling our ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement terms. It can then involve further fact-finding, the filing of proper paperwork, and – eventually – the successful resolution of your compensation claim. With our assistance, the entire train station accident claims process is much more comfortable. Get in touch for legal advice.
If you have to claim for train station accident, choosing the right law firm is vital. Our team has years of experience in handling all kinds of compensation claims. In addition to this, we have the expertise, knowledge, and skills required to maximise your compensation and make your claim successful.
Our service puts the interest of our clients first, making your life much easier. When you have suffered an injury, working with our experts allows you to relax and focus on recovering while we handle the hard work. With our free legal consultation, our ability to arrange local medical appointments, and our ‘No Win No Fee’ approach, there has never been a better time to call our offices.
You’ve nearly finished our guide to train station accident claims.
Hopefully, we’ve made it easy for anyone involved in a train station accident to start a claim. All it takes is one phone call. When you call us, you get free advice on what next to do and how to begin your claim.
- Our telephone number is 0800 073 8804.
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In this last section, we thought we’d include some extra links that you may find useful.
- Click here to learn more about how to claim for a slip, trip or fall
- Head here to learn about whiplash compensation claims
- If you’ve suffered a permanent scar injury in an accident, this guide will tell you more
- The Office of Rail and Road
- The HSE Guide to Preventing Slips and Trips
- Details on the Rail Accident Investigation Branch
Below we look at some of the frequently asked questions which people may have if they are making personal injury claims after being injured in a train station.
Am I eligible to claim compensation
If you were injured in the last three years, someone else was at fault and you were owed a duty of care by this person or organisation you could claim. Contact us to secure the maximum compensation settlement with our team.
Could I claim if a child was injured?
If a child is injured a suitable adult could act as a Litigation Friend. This person could make a claim at any point up until the child’s 18th birthday. After this, the child is free to make the claim themselves if it has not already been made.
Can I claim if I am close to the three year limit?
Technically you could make a claim at any point up until the three year period is over. In practice, this may not always be the case and we do recommend that people contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible.
Can I claim if no one witnessed the accident?
Having a witness can help you to make a successful claim. However, you may also be able to make a claim if no one witnessed the accident.
Did the station operator owe me a duty of care?
The operator and occupier of train stations owe you a duty of care to ensure your safety whilst on their property.
Can I claim on behalf of another person?
If the victim of the accident is unable to make the personal injury claim on their own behalf you may be able to act as a litigation friend and claim on their own behalf.
Will I need to visit the solicitor?
You may not need to visit your solicitor in person. Today most claims can be handled over the phone and other electronic communications.
Could I get an interim payment?
If the defendant has accepted your personal injury claim and you are experiencing financial hardship, you could be able to secure an interim payment.
Thank you for reading our guide to train station accident claims and train station injury compensation claims.