What can you do after accidents at London Charing Cross station left you injured? Were failings in the health and safety provision at the station responsible for you being injured? The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 describes the way those in control of an area accessible to the public must ensure all necessary and reasonable safeguards are in place to prevent injury to visitors. So what can you do if that does not happen?
In this guide, we discuss your options if a party that was supposed to protect your safety breached their duty of care, leaving you injured as a result. Perhaps you feel ready to start a claim for personal injury compensation right now? If so, please get in touch. You can:
- Call our advisors for free legal advice on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us online for help
- Use the ‘live support’ option which offers instant advice
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- What Are Accidents At London Charing Cross Train Station?
- Types Of Public And Rail Passenger Accident Claims
- What Evidence Do You Need To Show The Occupier Acted Negligently?
- How To Deal With An Accident At A Train Station
- What Compensation Could You Claim For Accidents At London Charing Cross Train Station?
- How To Start Claims For Accidents At London Charing Cross Train Station
An injury can happen in a public place just as easily as in the workplace or on the roads. As we set out each day, we trust that those in charge of public facilities, such as transport, are doing their utmost to ensure trains, buses, and underground networks are safe to use. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
London Charing Cross is a busy terminus. An accident here or at Embankment tube station that intersects with it can range from anything as minor as a bruise or cut to the most severe derailment accidents which can be fatal.
Charing Cross Station Facts and Figures
Accidents at London Charing Cross station can arise in a number of ways. Minor or serious injuries can be caused by the ticket barriers, the conduct of other passengers, or faulty fittings and fixtures at the train station. An accident could also be the consequence of something the staff at the station have done or are responsible for.
Trips and Slips On Pavements and Stairways
Those in control of places accessible to the public are expected to take reasonable measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors. The following could result from a breach of duty of care and could cause slips, trips and falls:
- A slip, trip, or fall on untreated ice or wet surfaces that weren’t attended to
- Failure to crowd-manage other commuters safely
- Not clearly indicating stairs and platform edges
- Poor lighting in stairwells
- Obstructed walkways
Accidents Caused By Train Operators
Accidents in a train station can be caused by train operators. However, it’s important to get the correct advice in order to identify what party caused the accident and injuries.
The following scenarios could give rise to personal injury:
- Closing the carriage doors prematurely can catch and crush fingers, feet, or limbs
- Failure to alert passengers to risks at peak times could cause injury. For example, making announcements to remind commuters to stand back from the platform edge, etc
- Poor driver decisions during busy times can cause trains to lunge or break suddenly, potentially throwing a passenger over
- Derailments and collisions are mercifully rare, but poor driver concentration can cause serious injury and fatality.
Further Public and Passenger Accidents
Other potential injury scenarios can involve extremes of heat. London Charing Cross station is intersected by several tube lines which can be stifling in summer. An accident can occur if the train is stuck in a tunnel in high temperatures and the sufferer has a heart or anxiety condition.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 requires those in charge of a public place to do all they reasonably can to remove or reduce risk to users. For example, unavoidable hazards could be clearly indicated with some form of warning so that all public transport users can make an informed decision about personal safety.
If you have any questions about claiming after accidents at London Charing Cross station, why not get in touch?
Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, station operators have a clear duty of care to remove hazards and reduce risks as much as reasonably practicable. This is to prevent injuries to passengers and members of the public.
Railway Worker Accident Claims
Perhaps you are an employee at London Charing Cross station and suffered an injury due to the health and safety failings of your employer? There are laws that require all employers in Great Britain to do what they reasonably can to protect the health and wellbeing of their employees at work. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 expects an observance of the following:
- As safe a workplace environment as reasonably possible is maintained
- Staff are fully trained in their role and aware of health and safety procedures
- Risk assessments are regularly conducted
Speak to our team for further help on claiming. If you were injured during the course of doing your job because of remissive health and safety standards on the part of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation.
After receiving medical attention, it may be possible to clearly demonstrate how the party in control of the area you were injured failed to ensure that they took reasonable steps to make sure safety provision was applied.
You may be able to obtain CCTV footage of the accident or take pictures yourself. This could act as evidence.
You could get the contact details of witnesses. They could provide a statement at a later date. All this evidence can support your claim.
Accidents at London Charing Cross station can cause both physical, emotional, and financial damage to those affected. If you decide to initiate a personal injury claim after being harmed because of negligence, it is necessary to have evidence to demonstrate this harm.
The findings of a medical assessment can show the full extent of the physical or emotional injuries you suffered. A personal injury solicitor can help you arrange this medical assessment.
The Judicial College Guidelines (16th edition released in April 2022) provides a list of potential award brackets that may apply for various injuries. In the compensation table below, we’ve included figures from the Guidelines.
|Area of Bodily Injury
|JC Guideline Award Bracket Amount and Severity
|Injury Resulting From Brain Damage
|(d) Less Severe – £15,320 to £43,060
|A good recovery with return to work leaving only minor issues
|(b) Moderate (i) – £24,990 to £38,490
|Fractures, soft tissue injuries and dislocations
|(b) Injuries Resulting In Substantial and Permanent Disablement – £39,170 to £59,860
|Serious forearm fracture leaving a residual disability
|(d) Wrist Injuries – £6,080 to £10,350
|Soft tissue damage or fractures that take 12 months to completely heal
|(f) Severe Fractures to Fingers – Up to £36,740
|Bad enough to require possible amputation or loss of sensation or function
|(a) Severe (iii) – £38,780 to £69,730
|Soft tissue or disc legions that give rise to chronic pain
|(b) Severe Leg Injuries (iii) – £39,200 to £54,830
|Compound and comminuted fractures requiring lengthy treatment and leaving residual issues
|(b) Moderate (i) – 14,840 to £26,190
|Torn cartilage, dislocations and injuries that create instability or wasting
|(c) Moderate – £13,740 to £26,590
|Ligament tears and fractures that create issues with stairs or slopes
|(f) Moderate – £13,740 to £24,990
|Foot bone fracture with on-going mild pain
Please note that these award amounts are provisional and not guaranteed. Each case varies depending on factors such as the severity of the injuries and the proof presented.
Did you suffer financial losses because of your injuries? Under the head of claim called special damages, it can be possible to use proof such as receipts and invoices to show how you suffered out-of-pocket costs associated. You could include these in your claim and recover the losses.
If you’d like our advisors to value your claim for free, why not connect with us today?
Armed with the necessary evidence to prove that your injuries were the result of the negligence of a third party, what can you do next?
Legal representation is something that can really help you put forward an organised claim. If you are concerned about the cost of funding the services of a solicitor, a No Win No Fee agreement could be the solution. No Win No Fee agreements allow you to hire a solicitor at reduced financial risk.
Whilst working on your behalf, they charge no ongoing success fee. If the claim loses, you don’t have to pay this fee at all. However, if the claim wins, you’d pay a legally capped success fee for the solicitor’s work.
With this in mind, why not get in touch to see how a No Win No Fee agreement could help you with your potential claim:
- Call our advisors for free legal advice on 0800 408 7825
- Contact us online for help
- Or use the ‘live support’ option
What Other Public Accident Claims Can You Make?
The links below offer further reading:
- Read more about who could be liable after an accident in a public place
- Details about public place accidents in Scotland
- Or has your child had an accident in a public place? Read more.
- Taking care on public transport
- Advice on accessing your medical records
If you have any questions about accidents at London Charing Cross station and claiming, why not get in touch?
Article by EA