By Stephen Shepard. Last Updated 17th March 2022. Have you have been injured at a public train station due to an accident that wasn’t your fault? If you have, then you may be entitled to make a station accident claim for compensation. In this guide, we will discuss the different types of railway station accidents that can occur. For instance, train station accident may occur due to slipping while leaving or entering trains or slipping while on busy escalators and platforms.
This guide will also explain in what circumstances you may be eligible to start a station accident claim. We’ll talk about the duty of care which those in charge of running railway stations owe passengers. We’ll also talk about the different types of evidence that you may be able to gather which could prove a railway station caused your injuries through negligence. This guide also explains potential compensation amounts for train station accidents and what your potential compensation payout may cover.
For advice and potentially other assistance in making a station accident claim, you can contact Public Interest Lawyers online using our live chat or contact page. You can also call us on 0800 408 7825.
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- What Kind Of Accidents Happen In Train Stations?
- Can You Claim Compensation For A Train Station Accident?
- How Can You Prove Negligence?
- How Much Compensation Will You Be Eligible For?
Trips, slips and falls are among the types of accidents that can occur in train stations. There are several reasons why they happen, such as:
- Slippery platform surface caused by rain. Many platforms are exposed to the outside weather all year round, which can have a negative impact on the surfaces.
- Poor lighting at night and in underground tunnels which connect the platforms can lead to trips and falls, especially where stairs are concerned.
- Spillages that have not been properly cleaned up from rubbish cans, train commuters dropping liquids and roofs that are leaking.
- Baggage left sitting on the floor in public passageways and beside door entrances are a trip hazard.
- Rubbish dropped on station floor can cause slips and trips.
- Overcrowded escalators and platforms causing collisions, possibly falling onto the train lines.
- Accidents involving falls when alighting or boarding a train, due to various reasons such as the different elevation between the platform and train.
- Damaged and badly maintained platform surfaces and potholes.
- Surfaces that are slippery because they have not been salted or gritted sufficiently.
If you have been involved in an accident at a train station, you may be wondering if you are eligible to claim compensation and from who. Various people including repair teams, train companies and railway station operators are some of the people who have duties of care to members of the public using train stations as highlighted in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. Under these rules, anyone in charge of a property or building is responsible for taking practical and reasonable steps to ensure a train station is kept in safe and good condition for the passengers using.
Though it would be impossible for a train station operator or owner to eliminate all the risks in a train station as it is a very public and busy place – they must:
- Have an appropriate maintenance and inspection policy in place so that members of staff regularly check public areas for any potential hazards.
- Deal with or clear any hazards that have been identified in a timely manner
- Use appropriate warning signs in prominent positions to alert passengers to slippery surfaces and other hazards
When they fail to fulfil these responsibilities, it means that they have breached their duty of care to passengers and people using the station. Therefore, a claim for compensation could be brought by a passenger or visitor suffers injuries in an accident that resulted from this beach.
A potential station accident claim you make will need to prove that negligent behaviour from another party was responsible for your accident. To help achieve this goal, you may choose to hire a personal injury solicitor who can guide you through the legal process and assist with gathering evidence. If you do choose to hire a personal injury lawyer, we recommend choosing one who has previous experience in handling public place accidents including train station accidents. If your chosen lawyer is happy to support your case, they should help you with establishing that there was a failure to meet a duty of care owed towards you.
There are various other pieces of evidence that may be required depending on the specifics of your accident. Weather reports are often cited, to determine whether or not a train station manager should have known about extended periods of cold weather and ensured there was enough salt or grit accessible to lower the chances of passengers falling or slipping on icy surfaces.
If possible, it is recommended that you take photographs of an accident scene. Staying in contact with eyewitnesses and asking for their help can also support your claim for compensation. You can even post your accident on social media appealing for witnesses to come forward if you were unconscious or had to be taken straight to hospital.
As you can probably imagine, no two compensation claims are ever the same and therefore, the amount of compensation you may be awarded will depend on the specifics of your accident and the severity of your injuries and any losses you may have incurred. Your personal injury lawyer will undoubtedly do their very best to get a fair amount of compensation to cover the cost of any medical costs, loss of earnings and any alterations you have had to make to your life; as well as covering the mental, social damage the accident may have caused.
Don’t go into a case unprepared. Seek advise from a professional personal injury lawyer who will be able to guide you towards the best course of action. Many work on a No Win No Fee basis, so you have nothing to lose when it comes to making a claim if you have been injured at a public train station in the UK. Contact Public Interest Lawyers now if you have any further questions about station accident claims.
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