This guide aims to explore the steps you could take should accidents at Cambridge train station happen. The person in control of a public space owes you a duty of care to take reasonable steps to protect members of the public from sustaining harm. However, if they fail to do so, causing someone to sustain harm, a claim may be justified.
This guide will explore the duty of care you’re owed in more detail and what could happen if the duty of care is breached.
As such, we will provide different examples of accidents that could occur in different parts of a train station, such as in the shops, on the platform, in lifts and on escalators.
Additionally, we will look at the compensation you could receive should you put forward a successful claim and the evidence you may need to provide.
We have aimed to cover the information you need. However, if you have any other questions, you can get in touch with our team. You can reach them by:
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- What Are Accidents At Cambridge Train Station?
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As per the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the person in control of a public space owes you a duty of care. This involves them taking reasonable steps to remove or reduce the risks any known hazards pose to members of the public.
As part of their duty of care, the steps they could take include:
- Providing employees with adequate health and safety training
- Carrying out regular risk assessments of the space and different equipment, such as lifts and escalators
A failure to do so could cause you to be injured at a train station. However, it’s important to be aware that not all accidents could lead to you being able to make a claim.
Certain eligibility criteria applies in personal injury claims. You must be able to prove that you were owed a duty of care and that a breach in this duty of care caused your injuries.
Contact our advisors to discuss the steps you could take should accidents in Cambridge train station occur.
Cambridge Railway Station Usage Statistics
Estimates of station usage statistics are collected by the Office of Rail and Road. According to their statistics, Cambridge train station saw 2,300,528 entries and exits during 2020-21. This is down from 11,599,814 entries and exits during the previous year.
How Common Are Injuries In Train Stations?
According to the Rail Safety Statistics 2020-21, released by the Office of Rail and Road, there were:
- 10 passenger fatalities in 2020-21
- 5 workforce fatalities in 2020-21
- 2,042 injuries to passengers and members of the public on trains or in stations in 2020-21
There are various types of accidents that could occur in a train station. We have explored examples of these in the sections below.
Slips And Falls On Platforms, Steps And The Concourse
Platforms are often exposed to the elements, such as rain, ice and snow. An icy or wet surface presents opportunities for a slip, trip and fall to occur if steps are not taken to reduce the risk.
For example, there may have been a failure to clean up a spill on the platform or put down a wet floor sign warning people of the risk. As a result, someone could sustain a broken hip.
Claims For People Being Hit By A Train
There may be risks with boarding and alighting a train. These could include limbs being trapped in closing doors and could even result in loss of limb.
Another risk is passengers falling onto the tracks. Passengers should be kept away from the platform edge. This could be done with painting a caution line on the platform edge, for example.
Train Station Restaurant And Shop Accident Claims
Accidents in a train station could include those that take place in shops and restaurants located within the station. For example, you might experience a minor brain injury if an object falls from a shelf after not being stocked safely.
For more information on the steps you could take should accidents at Cambridge train station occur, call our team.
There are certain criteria your claim must meet in order to be valid. For instance, you must be able to show:
- You were owed a duty of care.
- It was breached.
- This breach caused your injuries, either physical or psychological.
Additionally, you should ensure you start your claim within the relevant time frame. Generally, you will have three years from the accident date. However, this could vary depending on the circumstances of your case.
Call us for more information on the time limits in personal injury claims.
Train Station Accident At Work Claims
As an employee at a train station, your employer owes you a duty of care under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA).
This means that they must take reasonably practical steps to reduce the risk of workplace accidents. If a breach in their duty of care resulted in an injury at work, you might have an eligible personal injury claim.
For example, you could experience a back injury at work if you are not trained in how to handle heavy objects safely.
Call our advisors to discuss your workplace injuries and your eligibility to claim.
Following an accident that has caused you harm due to negligence, you might take particular steps. For example, you could:
- Seek medical attention.
- Note witness contact details.
- Request CCTV footage of the accident.
- Seek legal advice, such as from a No Win No Fee solicitor from our panel.
If accidents at Cambridge train station were to occur, you can call our advisors for more information on the steps you could take.
Following a successful train station accident claim, you could receive a settlement that is formed of general and special damages.
Under general damages, you can be compensated for the impact your injuries, both physical and psychological, have had on your quality of life. The pain and suffering you have experienced will also be accounted for.
You may be invited to an independent medical exam as part of your claim. This allows for a fuller picture of your injuries and the impact they have on your future as well as your current situation.
Additionally, a publication called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) can help solicitors when valuing this head of claim alongside medical evidence. 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.
|Moderate brain damage (c) (i)
|£150,110 to £219,070
|Cases in this bracket will cover a range of problems such as a change in personality and an impact on the senses.
|Severe psychological injury (a)
|£54,830 to £115,730
|A very poor prognosis and issues with various aspects of life.
|Moderate back injuries (b) (ii)
|£12,510 to £27,760
|Different injuries are covered in this bracket such as ligament and muscle disturbance.
|Severe foot injuries (d)
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Considerable or permanent pain from injuries to both feet, such as heel fractures or an unusually severe injury to one foot.
|(b) Severe leg injuries (iii)
|£39,200 to £54,830
|Serious injuries such as those that cause instability and prolonged treatment.
|Other arm injuries (b)
|£39,170 to £59,860
|Where arm injuries have caused a permanent and substantial disability.
|Moderate neck injuries (b) (i)
|£24,990 to £38,490
|Severe immediate symptoms from fractures or dislocation.
|Facial disfigurement – Less severe scarring (b)
|£17,960 to £48,420
|Facial scars causing substantial disfigurement resulting in the claimant having a significant psychological reaction.
|Skeletal injuries (b)
|£14,900 to £23,950
|Some level of permanent facial deformity from multiple facial bone fractures.
|Serious shoulder injury (b)
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Pain and sensory issues from shoulder dislocation with damage to the lower plexus.
If you’ve experienced costs incurred due to your injury, such as lost wages, you could recover them under special damages. To claim special damages, you must provide proof, such as receipts or payslips.
Speak to our team for more information on the compensation you could receive should your claim succeed.
If you are looking to hire a solicitor to represent your case, No Win No Fee solicitors that use a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) could be beneficial. They won’t charge you upfront for their services or while your claim is ongoing.
A success fee is taken from the compensation of claims that succeed. However, the fee is subject to a legal cap. For unsuccessful claims, the success fee won’t be charged.
This is a service our panel of solicitors can offer, provided your case is valid and has a chance of succeeding. For more information on their services or to discuss your potential claim, get in touch with our team.
You can reach them by:
Related Public Transport Accident Claims
Below, we have provided some additional links that you may find helpful.
- NHS- First Aid
- HSE- Accident At Work Statistics
- GOV- Request CCTV Footage
- Multiple Injury Claims
- Accidents In A Public Park
- Uneven Pavement Accidents
We hope this guide on the steps you can take should accidents at Cambridge train station occur has helped. For more information, call our team using the number above.
Article by AR