By Danielle Nicholson. Last Updated 15th January 2024. This page contains a guide about claims for an accident at a train station that was not your fault. We will look at some of the causes of such accidents, and which entity could be liable for damages if they were responsible for the hazard causing it. As you will go through the guide you will find many answers to your questions. We also examine how compensation is calculated so that you are never left out of pocket.
Your personal injury claim will be based on its own unique situation. In both why you are making it, and the harm and loss you are claiming for. What this means, is that we cannot possibly answer every single question you could have. Because they could be unique to your claim. In order to get you the answers that you need, we have made out claims team available on 0161 696 9685. Give them a call to get free legal advice.
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Train stations must ensure that they adhere to relevant health and safety regulations. Generally, these regulations apply to businesses within the station, including pubs, restaurants and shops, the rail or station operator and the local council.
To be eligible to make a personal injury claim following an accident at a train station, you would need to prove the following:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- This duty was breached.
- You suffered an injury as a result of this breach.
Claiming Compensation As A Member Of The Public
If you are a member of the public and you suffer an injury, you might be eligible to make a public liability claim. Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the party in control of the space must ensure that any visitors are reasonably safe while using that space for its intended purpose. This is the occupiers’ duty of care. As well as station operators, the organisations or individuals in control of the businesses, such as shops and restaurants within the station, owe this duty of care to visitors. In order to claim compensation, you must be able to prove that your injuries occurred because of a breach of this duty of care.
Claiming Compensation As A Train Station Employee
If you are an employee, either of the station or one of the businesses within it, your employer owes you a duty of care to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your health and safety while you are working. This is set out in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). If you sustain injuries while at work because of a breach of this duty, you could be eligible to make an accident at work claim.
Please direct any questions you may have about whether you have good grounds to make a train accident claim to one of the advisors from our team.
Below, we have provided examples of train station accidents and the injuries they could caused.
Slipped On A Train Station Platform
A trip, slip, or fall is one of the most common of all accidents that can happen at any place or at any time. There are many ways that slipping and falling can happen at a station, such as:
- A wet bathroom floor causes you to slip over.
- You trip over some cleaning materials left in an inappropriate place.
- You fall down a staircase at the railway station because of a broken step.
To prove a duty of care has been breached you must demonstrate negligence of the operator. Not all accidents will mean a compensation claim for personal injury is possible. Please call and talk to our claim advisors to learn more.
Lift, Escalator And Staircase Accidents At A Train Station
Within many large train stations, there will be lifts and escalators to help passengers move about with heavy luggage, prams and those who may use a wheelchair. Lifts, escalators and stairs can cause hazards if not installed and maintained correctly. However, other parties other than the operator of the train station may be liable.
Accidents that could happen on stairs, escalators and lifts include;
- An escalator stops suddenly due to a fault and you fall down.
- You become stuck in a lift and this causes you significant mental trauma.
- A broken handrail on a staircase causes you to take a tumble down the stairs.
- The emergency button on the escalator fails when your hand is trapped
If you would like to discuss the incident that caused your train station injuries, then get in touch for your no obligation consultation.
If you sustained injuries in an accident at a train station, you may be wondering how much personal injury compensation you could receive for a successful claim.
If your case is successful, you will be awarded general damages. This is to compensate you for the pain and harm that has been caused by your physical and psychological injuries. To help arrive at a figure for general damages, those responsible for valuing personal injury claims may refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). The document lists a variety of different injuries alongside guideline compensation brackets.
In our table below, we have listed a few of the figures from the JCG, aside from the top entry. As all claims are different and assessed individually, these figures do not represent what you could be awarded. Therefore, you should only use this table as a guide.
|Multiple serious injuries with special damages
|Up to £500,000+
|Compensation for multiple serious injuries and their special damages, such as a loss of earnings, care costs and travel expenses.
|£91,090 to £160,980
|Cases covered by this bracket involve damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. The injured party will be suffering from severe pain and disability.
|£27,760 to £38,780
|This bracket can apply to a wide variety of back injuries, such as damage to a disc, causing nerve root irritation and reduced mobility.
|In the region of £148,330
|This bracket applies to severe neck injuries where the injured party has little to no movement in their neck and suffer from severe headaches that have proved intraceable or those that cause incomplete paraplegia.
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Injuries under this bracket may include dislocations and fractures causing severe immediate symptoms or chronic conditions. They leave markedly impaired function or vulnerability to further trauma.
|Pelvis and hip injuries
|£78,400 to £130,930
|This bracket applies to extensive fractures of the pelvis which involve issues such as the dislocation of a low back joint or a hip injury resulting in spondylolisthesis.
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Fractures of both feet or heels or an unusually severe injury to a single foot.
|£31,310 to £50,060
|Injuries covered by this bracket necessitate an extensive period of treatment and/or a lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted. The injured party will be severely limited in their ability to walk.
|£19,200 to £48,030
|Shoulder injuries covered under this bracket are often associated with neck injuries that involve damage to the brachial plexus.
In addition to general damages, some claimants can recover special damages. This part of a personal injury claim is to compensate for any out-of-pocket expenses caused by your injuries. Special damages could compensate for:
- Medical expenses, such as prescriptions and therapy.
- Mobility aids, including wheelchair rental or crutches.
- Loss of earnings for time off work to recover from your injuries. This includes lost future earnings.
- Travel expenses to and from medical appointments.
- Nursing and home help expenses.
In order to claim for your financial losses, you should submit proof of your costs. For example, receipts and bank statements.
If you have any questions about how compensation could be awarded in a successful train accident claim, or if you would like a free valuation, get in touch with a member of our team.
The Limitation Act 1980 establishes that there is a 3-year time limit for starting a personal injury claim for injuries caused by an accident at a train station. This time limit usually begins from the date of your accident.
Under certain circumstances, the time limit can work differently. If the injured party is a child, then the time limit will not start for them until the day of their 18th birthday. A litigation friend could be appointed to start the claims process on the injured party’s behalf while the time limit is frozen. If this doesn’t happen, however, then the injured party will have 3 years to start their own claim from the day they turn 18.
If the injured party does not have the mental capacity to make their own train accident claim, then the time limit is suspended for as long as the injured person is without this capacity. A litigation friend could seek train station compensation for the injured person during this suspension. If the injured party later recovers this mental capacity, and a litigation friend did not claim on their behalf, then they will have 3 years to start their own claim from the day of recovery.
For more information about the time limit or other details about starting a claim for train station accident injuries, contact our advisors for free today.
The onus will be on you as the claimant to prove that negligence took place and caused your injuries. So, in order for you to be able to make a successful train station accident claim you must be able to show a breach in the duty of care owed to you. Importantly you will need to prove you suffered an injury or illness due to negligence. You will need to gather evidence to achieve this. Examples of evidence may include:
- Photographs or videos of the cause of the accident.
- The contact details of any witnesses to the accident so that they can be approached to give testimony.
- The results of a medical examination proving how your injuries were caused.
Although the law sets no requirement for a solicitor in personal injury cases they can prove their worth. Personal injury solicitors have had years of education and training in the field of law and legislation. They will know which evidence to use to ensure your case if valid has enough supporting evidence.
You may have heard about No Win No Fee solicitors. But do you really know what a No Win No Fee agreement is? We can explain it here for you.
When you engage a solicitor under a No Win No Fee type arrangement, which is another term for a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), you won’t need to make any upfront payment at the start of the claim. As the claim progresses, you will not be asked to pay any ongoing fees. It may take many months to process your case, and fees will not be applied during this time. And of course, if the claim fails, you won’t have to pay your solicitor any fee at all.
But if the solicitor successfully resolves your claim, then you will likely find that they will request to be paid a success fee. The amount of this fee is limited. As part of the claims process, the solicitor will have received a compensation payment for you. The success fee will be collected out of this money. Then the lawyer will pass you the remainder. Please call and talk to one of our claim advisors if you want more information about funding a solicitor under a CFA.
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You might find it is useful to take a look over some of the other guides that we have added to this site in the past.
- How To Make A Compensation Claim As A Passenger In A Car
- No Win No Fee Claims Explained In Full
- Do You Really Need A Solicitor To Help You To Make A Compensation Claim?
All of these web pages have information that could well be relevant to your claim, you might want to check them out: