Accidents At Lewisham Train Station – Could I Claim Compensation?

Accidents At Lewisham Train Station - What Could You Claim?

Accidents At Lewisham Train Station – Could I Claim Compensation?

Have accidents at Lewisham train station occurred and have caused you an injury? In train stations, as with all public spaces open to members of the public, those who control the space have a duty to make sure they keep it safe from preventable hazards.

This article will provide examples of potential accidents in train stations, an occupier’s duty of care and the steps you can take post-injury. Additionally, we will explore possible compensation amounts and how our panel of professional solicitors could help you claim.

Trains are a popular form of public transport, for the commute to work, for shopping and for other daily activities. As a result, there is a lot of foot traffic through train stations and it is important that they are kept safe.

Our advisors are available to offer free and relevant advice. Furthermore, they may connect you with our panel of lawyers and advise you on the next steps to take. Talk to our advisors today by:

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  1. What Could Accidents At Lewisham Train Station Be?
  2. What Could Cause Accidents And Injuries In Train Stations?
  3. Does A Station Have A Duty Of Care To Passengers?
  4. What Should I Do If Accidents At Lewisham Train Station Occur
  5. If I Was Injured In A Train Station, What Could I Claim?
  6. If I Was Injured In An Accident At Lewisham Train Station Can I Use No Win No Fee Solicitors?

What Could Accidents At Lewisham Train Station Be?

After suffering an injury at a train station, you may be wondering if you can make a personal injury claim? However, not all injuries are eligible for a claim.

In a public place, those who have control of the premises are referred to as an occupier. The occupier has a duty of care towards those using their premises for the intended purpose, meaning they must take reasonable steps to keep you safe in their space.

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA) legislation outlines the steps an occupier should take as part of their duty of care to make the public environment safe for use.

In order to make a claim, you must be able to provide proof that an occupier breached their duty of care and caused your injury.

Train Station Accident Statistics

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) reported in their Rail Safety Report 2020-2021, that there were 2,042 injuries to the public whilst within train stations or onboard trains in 2020/21. 

In total, 414 severe injuries were sustained by the public necessitating travel to the hospital, a decrease of 69.9% since 2019/20.

What Could Cause Accidents And Injuries In Train Stations?

No environment is completely 100% safe this includes public train stations.

Accidents can literally happen anywhere but when occupiers fail to carry out risk assessments and reduce or remove hazards accordingly then the chance of injury occurring can increase.

Can You Claim If You Fell At A Train Station?

If you fell at a train station due to an occupier breaching their duty of care, and this negligence caused you an injury then you may have a claim.

The ORR stated in their rail report that slips, trips and falls were the most common accident. Here are examples of how these types of accidents could happen: 

  • Tripping over potholes or uneven ground
  • Slipping on wet stairs
  • Tripping over hazards and obstacles left on the floor

Accident Claims Against Third Parties In Stations

Accidents could potentially occur inside the businesses that operate inside train stations too. From slipping on a wet floor in a cafe to a collapsing shelf inside a convenience store or tripping over uneven ground in a car park.

Depending on if a duty of care was owed, if the duty was breached and who breached it will all have an impact on if you can claim and who you will claim against

Should accidents at Lewisham station happen that cause you an injury call our advisors to have a free case assessment.

Does A Station Have A Duty Of Care To Passengers?

To keep the public safe whilst using a train station, it is important that an occupier is completely aware of their duty of care and properly implements health and safety regulations.

The occupier owes all visitors a duty of care, and with this duty, they must take the steps outlined in the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 to ensure visitors are safe on their premises.

To keep members of the public safe occupiers can:

  • Provide warning signs to point out the hazards in the public space so visitors can keep themselves safe.
  • Employing an independent contractor and trusting they conduct their work in a manner that ensures the health and safety of their workers and other visitors. 

If you believe an occupier breached their duty of care resulting in your injury call our claims team today. Through a free consultation that carries no obligation, your case can be assessed and free legal advice provided. 

What Duty Of Care Is Owed To Staff?

For a member of staff, an employer owes them a duty of care. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 legislation applies a duty of care to all employers. For example, all equipment, tools and machinery should be maintained to a safe standard. 

What Should I Do If Accidents At Lewisham Train Station Occur?

Always seek the correct medical treatment to address your own well-being. In addition, it is important you report your accident to the station so they can prevent the hazard from causing any further accidents and injuries, plus you may require first aid assistance if needed.

How Can I Prove If Someone Is Liable

If you are thinking of making a personal injury claim then evidence is needed to prove what you are saying is correct. Solicitors can provide a beneficial service when it comes to collecting evidence and proving your personal injury claim. They can help gather evidence, which can include:

  • Medical records – Ensure you receive medical attention as any document created by a medical professional can support your claim.
  • CCTV footage – Ask the occupier for CCTV footage of your accident, and collect recordings from bystanders too.
  • Pictures – Photographic evidence of your injury and the accident site will visually aid your claim. 
  • Witness details – Collect witness details so a legal professional can gather statements later on.

If I Was Injured In A Train Station, What Could I Claim?

If your claim succeeds you will receive compensation for general damages. The 16th edition of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) 2022 outlines settlement brackets for general damages, covering the harm and suffering of your injury.

The awarded amount differs in regards to the type and intensity of the injury. The below table shows bracket amounts for different injuries:

Injury Compensation Notes
Moderate brain or head injury (c) (i) £150,110 to £219,070 The person may suffer from an intellectual deficit, personality changes and sensory and speech impairments.
Severe neck injury (a) (i) In the region of £148,330 Injuries linked to incomplete paraplegia or leading to permanent spastic quadriparesis necessitating a collar, but still resulting in little to no neck or head movement.
Moderate neck injury (b) (iii) £7,890 to £13,740 The injury exacerbates a pre-existing condition or there are soft tissue injuries with an extensive recovery period and vulnerability to a future trauma.
Other arm injuries (b) £39,170 to £59,860 Substantial fractures of one or both forearms where there are considerable permanent functional cosmetic disabilities.
Severe shoulder injuries (a) £19,200 to £48,030 Where the injury correlates to a neck injury and involves brachial plexus damage causing a major disability and possible complications to the upper limbs.
Minor shoulder injuries (d) (i) £4,350 to £7,890 There have been injuries to the soft tissue of the shoulder with substantial pain but a complete recovery is undertaken within two years.
Wrist injuries (b) £24,500 to £39,170 Where there is considerable permanent disability, with some useful remaining movement.
Less serious hand injury (g) £14,450 to £29,000 There may be substantial function loss due to a severe crushing injury despite surgery.
Chest injury (d) £12,590 to £17,960 A simplistic injury like a single penetrative wound causing permanent tissue damage with no persisting disabilities.
Moderate or minor elbow injury (c) Up to £12,590 The person may suffer from simple fractures, tennis elbow and lacerations which are temporary and cause no lasting movement impairment.

Furthermore, you may also receive special damages for the unexpected costs of your injury. Some examples of costs and losses can include:

  • Travel to medical appointments
  • Property adaptations 
  • Loss of income and future earnings

Talk to our advisors today, if you suffered an injury in an accident at Lewisham train station. 

If I Was Injured In An Accident At Lewisham Train Station Can I Use No Win No Fee Solicitors

No Win No Fee solicitors usually work by providing a service that on the basis the claim is successful they are paid a success fee from your compensation. 

They usually offer a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). It requires no upfront costs and you do not pay your solicitor if your claim does not succeed. 

Your solicitor receives their payment via a success fee through a small nominal percentage they take from your awarded compensation. 

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Accidents In Public Places

There are other useful public liability articles:

Members of the Public Accident Claims Hot Spots

Public Bus Accident Claims Guide

How To Claim Compensation For A Public Accident Against Local Council?

Or we have collated some informative external links too:

RoSPA – Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Gov UK – Statutory Sick Pay

NHS – When to visit an urgent treatment centre

Thank you for reading our guide about what to do should accidents at Lewisham train station occur. if you need any more advice please do not hesitate to call our claims helpline.