In this guide, we aim to explore steps you could take should accidents at Blackfriars train station happen. We examine what accidents could lead to personal injury claims.
There is legislation in place to help protect the public’s health and safety in areas they have access to. We explore this and the duty of care owed to the public by occupiers of spaces. Also, we take a look at where in a station injuries could occur.
In addition, we look at legislation in place to protect employee health and safety. Train stations can present risks to workers’ health and safety also. We look at the duty of care all employers owe their employees.
If you decide to seek compensation for your injuries, you might want to hire a solicitor. We look at No Win No Fee arrangements and what this could mean for your claim.
You can call us to discuss when claims for accidents at Blackfriars train station could be valid:
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- What Is An Accident At A Railway Station?
- What Accidents At Blackfriars Train Station Could You Claim For?
- When Is The Operator Liable For Accidents At Blackfriars Train Station?
- What Can Victims Of Accidents At Blackfriars Train Station Do?
- How Is Compensation For Accidents At Train Stations Calculated?
- Get In Touch With A Train Station Accident Expert
You might ask, ‘what injuries could happen at a station?’. If you were injured in a rail station as a result of a breach of duty of care, you could be entitled to compensation.
Often in a train station, there are facilities, such as shops, cafes and toilets. Also presenting risks are escalators, lifts and stairs. There may also be car parks and paving outside of a station. Injuries could happen in any of these spaces as a result of negligence.
You could be owed a duty of care by:
- A local authority
- Businesses within the station
- A station operator
Call us to talk about how accidents at Blackfriars train station could occur.
Station And Rail Accident Statistics
The Office of Rail and Road monitors rail safety statistics, including injuries to the public and train station staff. Statistics for the year April 2020 to March 2021 were published on 30 September 2021.
Included in these statistics are specified injuries to both public and members of staff for 2020-21.
There are a number of different spaces in a railway where an accident could occur. To make a personal injury claim, however, you must be able to prove you were owed a duty of care. Your injuries must have been the result of a breach in this duty.
Accidents Caused By Damages Platform Surfaces And Spillages
If this was (or should have been) spotted and no steps were taken to reduce the risk of injury, this could be a breach of duty of care. An injury as a result could form the basis of a valid claim.
Accident Caused By Train Operators
Alighting and boarding trains also present injury risks. The doors shutting, for example, could close on a passenger. This could cause an arm injury or the loss of a limb caused by a crushing accident.
Accidents Caused By A Third Party Operating At The Station
In train stations, there are sometimes shops, cafes and other businesses operating. These could present an injury risk.
The party in control of the shop could fail to keep shelving secured to the walls. This could mean that it falls on a visitor, resulting in a head injury.
For more information on the steps that could be taken after accidents at Blackfriars train station, you can contact our advisors for free legal advice.
The party in control of a public space, such as a shop, owe the public a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that the occupier of that space must address, remove and reduce hazards to reduce injury risks to the public. Correct signage and safety announcements could help reduce public injury risks.
Can Blackfriars Station Staff Claim For An Accident Or Injury At Work?
Employers owe all their staff a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA). This applies to railway staff, including those employed by the railway itself or in one of the shops or cafes that can be found at a station.
Staff members could be injured at a station in the same way the public could. In addition, staff members could be faced with additional risks because they’re tasked with duties like lifting and carrying or may have to work in close proximity to machinery.
To reduce risks, employers could:
- Ensure that employees are provided with adequate personal protective equipment (PPE). This could be hard hats with torches for tunnel access for example.
- Maintain good housekeeping. For example, cleaning up clutter from walkways and ensuring that floor surfaces are suitable
- Provide training. If you need to work with heavy machinery or undertake lifting as part of your role, for example, your employer should
For more information on how injuries could be caused by accidents at Blackfriars train station, contact our advisors.
If a breach in the duty of care resulted in your injuries, you might be able to claim compensation. However, personal injury claims require evidence in order to be successful.
After an injury, there are certain steps that you should take in order to give yourself the best chance of recovery and strengthen your claim.
- Seek medical attention.
- Request CCTV footage of yourself.
- Make a note of witness contact details, if there are any.
- Seek legal advice.
Our advisors can provide you with free legal advice. If your claim is valid, they may put you in touch with our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors.
Personal injury claims could be made up of two heads. The first head is called general damages and compensates for your injury and any psychological damage suffered.
You could also recover any expenses incurred due to your injury under a second head, called special damages.
In order for you to make a claim, you might be invited to attend an independent medical exam. This allows for a fuller understanding of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
A document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) is used by legal professionals to help assign value to general damages in personal injury claims. It provides a set of compensation brackets that are listed alongside different injuries. The table below includes figures from the latest edition of the guidelines, published in April 2022.
|Brain damage- Moderately severe (b)||£219,070 to £282,010||Serious disabilities from brain damage resulting in substantial dependence and need for constant care.|
|Other arm injuries- Severe (a)||£96,160 to £130,930||Extremely serious injuries where the claimant is little better off than if the arm had been amputated, such as serious brachial plexus damage.|
|Back injuries- Severe (a) (ii)||£74,160 to £88,430||Severe back injuries with special features, such as sensation loss from nerve damage. Also disabilities from chronic conditions due to the injury.|
|Neck injuries- Severe (a) (ii)||£65,740 to £130,930||Considerably severe disabilities, such as loss of one limb function, from injuries like fractures or disc damage.|
|Hip and pelvis injuries- Severe (a) (iii)||£39,170 to £52,500||Fractures resulting in hip replacements, degenerative change and leg instability.|
|Facial disfigurement- Very severe scarring (a)||£29,780 to £97,330||A severe psychological reaction to disfiguring facial scars in a relatively young claimant.|
|Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)- Moderately severe (b)||£23,150 to £59,860||Although the prognosis is positive with professional help, the symptoms will cause significant problems functioning at pre-trauma level for the foreseeable future.|
|Leg injuries- Less serious (c) (i)||£17,960 to £27,760||A fracture that doesn't heal completely or serious soft tissue injuries.|
|Ankle injuries- Moderate (c)||£13,740 to £26,590||Where fractures or ligamentous tears have caused disabilities that are less severe.|
|Shoulder injuries-Serious (b)||£12,770 to £19,200||Pain and sensory problems from a shoulder dislocation with lower brachial plexus damage.|
To claim under special damages, you must provide proof of the financial impact of your injury. If you are claiming for your lost wages, for example, your old payslips could be presented as proof.
You could also recover costs associated with:
- Medical expenses.
- Home and car adaptions.
Speak to our advisors to discuss what you could recover based on your circumstances.
You might decide to hire a solicitor to file your claim. Hiring a solicitor can be associated with high upfront solicitors fees. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, however, you won’t pay an upfront solicitors fee.
A No Win No Fee arrangement works by taking a success fee from your award if your claim is a success. This will be legally capped. Unsuccessful claims, however, will not be subject to a success fee. A No Win No Fee agreement can also be called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
If you have any questions about potential accidents at Blackfriars train station, you can call our advisors. They’re available 24/7.
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You may find the following links useful:
- First Aid Guide from the NHS
- Health and Safety Executive Employee Rights Leaflet
- Government Guide to Requesting CCTV Footage
And more guides:
If you have any more questions about how accidents at Blackfriars train station could occur, speak with an advisor today.
Article by AR