An Accident At Ilford Train Station, Who Could Claim Compensation?

An Accident At Ilford Train Station, Who Could Claim Compensation?

An Accident At Ilford Train Station, Who Could Claim Compensation?

Have you been involved in an accident at Ilford train station? Did you suffer an injury in this train station accident? When you are at a railway station, like with all other public places, you are owed a legal duty of care.

Throughout this guide, we shall look at potential injuries that could happen at a train station and the eligibility criteria for making a personal injury claim. There will be steps on how to claim if you are injured through a breach in the duty of care owed to you.

Ahead of beginning our guide on what steps you could potentially take if an accident at Ilford train station occurred and caused you an injury, you might want to know how you could get in touch for free advice. Our advisors are available 24/7 and may be contacted in the following ways:

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What Could Be An Accident At Ilford Train Station?

Lots of people are present at a train station and use it for different things; you might be a passenger, worker or a member of the public using the station or a third party premise within the station.

Accidents are unexpected incidents that have the potential to cause you an injury. These accidents can happen in all kinds of different places and no one is immune to suffering an injury caused by an accident. Within a station, there are different businesses that populate the area as well as the trains, platforms, and ticket offices. Many stations have shops and cafes some even have public houses. 

However, under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 you are owed a duty of care by occupiers and business operators when you are using their premises for the intended purpose. Additionally, the Railway and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) requires railway station operators to maintain a safety management system (SMS) and hold a safety certificate.

A duty of care means that reasonable steps must be taken by the responsible party when it comes to protecting others. It is when this duty of care is breached and consequently leads to injuries that a personal injury claim is possible. 

Station And Rail Accident Statistics 

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) indicated there had been a decrease of 70.5% in injuries to non-employees sustained at rail stations in 2020/21. The most common severe injuries caused to the public were due to slips, trips and falls. Slips, trips and falls were the most common accidents suffered by employees too. 

Not all those who are injured in an accident will be eligible to make a personal injury claim. To have any case assessed for free in a free no-obligation consultation with our expert advisors call today. 

How People Could Be Injured In A Railway Station

Accidents can be just that, an accident that was not avoidable. However, there are incidents that do occur because there are lapses in health and safety or poor maintenance. Below we look at potential scenarios of how an accident could possibly happen in a train or rail station.

  • A catastrophic injury could be caused if a platform is wet or icy with no warning signs and a passenger slips onto the tracks.
  • Broken handrail on a set of stairs causes a passenger to fall down them
  • Borken or defective escalators or lifts could also be the cause of an injury to a passenger 

Station Restaurants And Shop Accidents 

There are third-party businesses based in train stations, for example, retailers, kiosks, hospitality venues, and taxi offices among other spaces. However, the operator of the third-party premises also owes you a duty of care. Let’s consider some example scenarios:

  • Slipping on a discarded newspaper in newsagents in the station
  • Food or drink spills are not signposted in a hospitality venue
  • Damaged flooring inside a taxi office could cause a trip injury

Establishing Train Companies Responsibility For Accidents And Injuries

As was stated before the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 applies a duty of care to those who operate businesses or occupiers of premises open to the public without prior invitation. This duty means that reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that these places are safe for the public to use. It is this legislation that will be looked to when making a personal injury claim for a public place accident. 

To hold a valid claim for compensation the following criteria must be met:

  1. Were you owed a legal duty of care?
  2. Was this duty of care breached in an act of negligence?
  3. Did this act of negligence results in your accident and injury?

Can I Claim If Injured In The Workplace? 

According to the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, employers owe a duty of care to their employees. Therefore, if you work in a station, your employer must take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure your safety.

To make an accident at work claim you must have evidence that this duty of care had been breached. Such negligence will need to have caused an injury that was avoidable. 

Speak to an advisor for free advice on the steps you could potentially take should an accident at Ilford train station occur and cause you an injury. 

What To Do If You Are Injured In An Accident At Ilford Train Station

If you are injured in any kind of accident it is really important that you seek medical attention – especially if your injury is serious. A doctor can make sure that you get the right treatment for your injury. It is wise to report your accident in an accident log book and advise staff of what has happened to prevent anyone else from being injured in a similar way.

To make a personal injury claim following an accident, whether this is an accident in a public place, an accident as an employee or an accident as a contractor you could take the following steps;

  • The contact details of any witnesses
  • CCTV footage of your accident
  • Photos of your injury and where the accident occurred

Finally, we would advise that you seek legal advice. A personal injury lawyer from our panel could use their experience to help you gather evidence and may help you put together a case for compensation.

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When you seek compensation for an injury, you may be able to claim the following:

  • General damages relate to the pain and suffering caused by your injuries and may include both physical and psychological injuries.
  • Special damages, which take into consideration the financial loss caused by your injuries. For example, you may need to take time off work following a serious injury. Therefore you could suffer a loss of earnings. You must keep evidence of special damages, such as a wage slip or receipts.

Legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines to estimate what you might receive in compensation for general damages. 

As such, we have taken compensation ranges from the 16th edition and provided them in the table below.

Injury Compensation Range Notes
Very Severe Brain Damage £282,010 to £403,990 Completely dependant on others and 24 hour care needed.
Severe Neck Injuries (i) In the region of
Incomplete paraplegia and little or no movement in the neck.
Severe (i) Back Injuries £91,090 to £160,980 Spinal cord and nerve roots damage
Severe (i) Leg Injuries £96,250 to £135,920 Leg injuries that only just fall short of amputation.
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder £59,860 to £100,670 All aspects of your life are badly affected leaving you unable to work.
Severe (ii) Back Injuries £74,160 to £88,430 Nerve root damage with loss in sensation, mobility and impaired sexual function.
Other Arm Injuries Resulting in Permanent and Substantial Disablement £39,170 to £59,860 One or both forearms are fractured resulting in significant permanent residual disability.
Less Serious (i) Leg Injuries £17,960 to £27,760 Serious soft tissue injuries that cause significant cosmetic deficit.
Moderate (i) Knee Injuries £14,840 to £26,190 Symptoms from a pre-existing condition are likely accelerated.
Modest Ankle Injuries Up to £13,740 Lacerations, twisting, or bruising injuries

If you have suffered an injury in an accident at Ilford train station that could have been prevented call our team for advice on what your next steps could be. 

For Advice Should An Accident At Ilford Train Station Occur Call Our Team 

If you would like free legal advice, our advisors work around the clock to answer your queries. They may connect you to our panel of solicitors if you have a valid claim. For more information:

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Accidents Involving Public Transport 

Thank you for reading our guide on steps that you could possibly take should an accident at Ilford train station occur. Before you go we want to share some additional resources.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – Government guidance on seeking SSP.

Urgent and emergency care services – The NHS provides services for anyone needing urgent medical help.

We also have more guides that you may find useful.

What Is The Average Payout For Slip And Falls? – Compensation claims for a slip and fall accident.

Accidents At Work Compensation – An accident at work claims guide. 

Personal Injury Lawyers Covering London Guide – Do you need a lawyer near you?

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any questions.