Parties operating services and spaces open to public use have a responsibility to ensure that their areas and the services they provide are safe. This applies to train stations and areas, such as cafes, within them. If you as a member of the public were injured because of unsafe conditions in a train station, you could be eligible to make a claim for compensation. This is a guide examining when claims for accidents at London King’s Cross Train station may be justified.
This guide is about public liability claims and will explain how liability is assessed for injuries. It will show you whether you could be eligible to make a claim and, if you are, it will show you what you may need to make a claim.
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Any person or organisation that provides a service open to the public has a responsibility to make sure that their spaces and the services they provide have been made as safe as reasonably possible. This is known as duty of care.
Public health and safety laws, such as the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, mean that those in control of places accessible to the public should:
- Look for possible hazards
- Take actions to prevent the risk of harm that a hazard might pose
If they fail to do this and a member of the public is injured by a hazard, they can be found liable for the injury.
If you were injured by a hazard that should have been better managed or removed entirely, please reach out to one of our advisers for information and to discuss potential accidents at London King’s Cross train station.
King’s Cross In Facts And Figures
The Office of Rail & Road (ORR) collects statistics on the estimated station usage of various train stations across the country.
In 2020/21, there were 4,667,820 entries and exits to the station. However, in 2019/20, there were 32,532,404. One factor that could have influenced the drop in 2020/21 is the lockdowns for the Covid-19 pandemic.
A passenger could suffer an accident at a train station for a number of reasons including:
Faulty Equipment: Faulty electrical equipment, such as jolting escalator could lead to an injury to a member of the public. It may be the station operator’s duty to ensure any equipment open for use has been maintained and is in safe working order.
Overcrowding: Train stations can see a high amount of passengers, especially during peak hours. It may be the station operator’s responsibility to take action if a platform might become overcrowded and unsafe.
A train station operator can be found liable for an injury they could have reasonably been expected to prevent. Please reach out to one of our advisers if you were injured due to a station operator’s negligence and would like to discuss claiming following accidents at London King’s Cross train station.
Injuries Caused By A Slippery Platform Or Tripping Over
Rail safety reports by the ORR cite slips, trips and falls to be the major cause of injuries at train stations. The people in charge of businesses within the station have a responsibility to make sure they deal with slipping and tripping hazards. This can include actions such as:
- Removing hazards
- Reducing hazards (such as using lighting in dark areas or signage, for instance)
Please reach out to our advisers for any information about accident liability.
Accidents As A Passenger On A Train
A duty of care will also be in place on the train. The train service provider must ensure that any hazards onboard that could harm a passenger are reduced or removed.
Other Types Of Accident At Mainline And Underground Stations
The train station might not be liable for an injury that you suffer in a separate outlet or service present in the station.
An example of this can be a restaurant or food shop in the station. As a place open to the public, they owe you a duty of care. If you were to suffer an injury because they breached this duty, you could be eligible to make a claim against the restaurant responsible.
To successfully make a personal injury claim, the defendant will need to have owed you a duty of care and failed to fulfill it, leading to your injury. In the case of a train station:
- The occupier of the area you are in owes you a duty of care.
- They can be found to have breached this duty if they failed to meet the safety measures that are reasonably expected of them. This could cause an accident.
- The injury will have occurred because of or been made worse because of the accident.
For more information, please speak with our advisers to discuss potential liability in London King’s Cross train station accidents.
If you are a staff member at the station, then you are owed a duty of care as per the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Your employer is required to make sure they make any task they ask you to perform as safe as they practically can. This can mean:
- Providing training
- Providing necessary safety equipment
- Performing risk assessments on a task before asking you to perform it
If you suffered an injury at work, please get in touch with one of our advisers for information specific to employer negligence.
What Can You Do After Different Accidents At London King’s Cross Train Station?
If you were injured in an accident, you can first seek medical help. Your health should be a priority, and a medical professional can let you know more about your type of injury, and any possible effects it may have.
This can be an important part of making a personal injury claim, as compensation can depend on the type of injury you suffered. However, if you didn’t see a medical professional at the time of the accident, you could still claim. As part of the claims process, a personal injury solicitor can help arrange an independent medical assessment for you.
They can also help you collect supporting evidence to prove your claim such as:
- CCTV (or similar recordings) of the accident if there is footage of it.
- Witnesses. You can collect the contact details of witnesses to your accident. A solicitor could use these details to collect statements.
A solicitor can also then help you formally begin a claim. To potentially work with a solicitor about accidents at a train station such as London King’s cross, please reach out to one of our advisers.
You could seek compensation to address the injury you suffered, and the pain and distress it caused you. This is known as general damages, and is the compensation amount you could be awarded if a station operator is found liable for your injuries in a claim.
Below is a compensation table, illustrating various potential general damage awards for various types of injuries. The figures come from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), the publication commonly used when assessing compensation amounts. We’ve used the 16th edition of the Guidelines, produced in April 2022.
|Moderate Head Injury: (ii)
|An injury reducing a person’s intellectual ability
|£90,720 to £150,110
|Less Severe Head Injury
|Head injury causing mood disorders and poor memory
|£15,320 to £43,060
|Minor Head Injury
|Headaches but no brain damage
|£2,210 to £12,770
|Moderate Neck Injuries: (i)
|Fracture with severe symptoms
|Moderate Neck Injuries: (ii)
|Injury causing recurring pain and limiting movement
|Severe Back Injury: (iii)
|Persistent pain and discomfort from a soft tissue injury
|£38,780 to £69,730
|Arm Injury: (d)
|Simple forearm fracture
|£6,610 to £19,200
|Serious Hand Injuries
|That greatly reduce a hand’s function
|£29,000 to £61,910
|Moderate Ankle Injury
|Difficulty walking from a ligament tear
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Modest Ankle Injury
|Minor fracture or ligament tear
|Up to £13,740
If you suffered financial losses because of the injury, you can also seek special damages. This can include:
- Loss of income
- Costs towards treatment if the NHS couldn’t cover them
- Adaptation costs to your home if you were left with a disability
For a free compensation valuation of your claim and injury, please reach out to one of our advisers.
If you are looking for more advice about your claim, please reach out to one of our advisers. They can offer you free legal advice, value your claim for merit and potentially put you through to a No Win No Fee solicitor to help you.
This is a solicitor that would only take your claim on if they felt it had a high likelihood of winning. This is because their pay would only come from the awarded compensation. They wouldn’t charge you an upfront fee, nor an ongoing fee, for their services. For their work, they would just charge a success fee, which can only be taken if your claim is successful. If your claim is not successful, you would not have to pay this fee.
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Other resources include:
- GOV: Guide to accessing universal credit
- NHS: How to request a referral to a specialist
- NHS: Request medical records
Please speak to one of our advisers for more information about accidents at London’s King’s Cross. Other guides we offer include:
If you have evidence of a valid claim following accidents at London King’s Cross train station, why not get in touch?
Article by AH