In this guide, we will explore the steps you could take should accidents at Reading train station occur. It is important that stations, and any services running within them, are made as safe as they practically can be. The person in control of public spaces, including train stations, has a duty of care to those who use the space. However, there are instances where they might fail to uphold the duty of care they owe. In these cases, you may have a valid claim to seek compensation after being injured in a public train station.
This guide will explore the process of personal injury claims, and show you whether you could be eligible to make a claim.
It will also provide examples of train station accidents that could occur as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Furthermore, this guide could help if you are interested hiring a solicitor on a No Win No Fee basis.
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Public health and safety laws set out the responsibility of the person in control of a public space to reduce or remove the risk any hazards pose. As per these laws, they are expected to do everything they reasonably can to make their services safe.
The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 is one such piece of legislation that sets out the duty of care a person in control of a public space owes members of the public. As part of their duty of care, they must:
- Look for hazards within space by carrying out regular risk assessments
- Take actions to deal with any present hazards
If a person is injured due to the negligence of a third party, they may be eligible to seek compensation by making a personal injury claim.
For information about when claims for accidents at Reading train station could be justified, please get in touch using the number above.
Reading Station Safety Statistics
There were a reported 92 accidents at Reading train station in a year from August 2020.
Injuries to passengers at train stations could be caused by various accidents resulting from someone else’s negligence. We have explored examples of these in the following sections.
Station Platform Slip And Fall Settlements
Slip and trip accidents as a result of someone else’s negligence could occur in many ways.
For example, a member of staff may have failed to clean up a spill on the platform or put down a sign warning people of the hazard. As a result, a passenger may have slipped and sustained a fractured collarbone.
Train Operator Accident Claims
Train service operators owe you a duty of care. As such, they have to make sure their trains are safe for use. If there is a safety hazard within their trains, it is their responsibility to ensure it does not cause an injury by reducing the risk the hazard poses or removing it altogether.
For example, they should ensure passengers are aware of when the train doors are closing. A failure to do so could result in someone sustaining a crushed hand injury.
Other Ways You Could Be Injured In Reading Train Station
As mentioned, every service within a train has to ensure that they are safe for use by members of the public. Food stores for example, will have to ensure that their food meets health and safety standards and are safe for consumption.
If a member of the public has their health affected by food poisoning as a result of the restaurant failing to meet the correct hygiene standards, a claim could be made.
To find out about the steps you could take should accidents in Reading train station occur, please get in touch with our team.
In order to prove liability in a train station accident claim, you must be able to demonstrate that negligence occurred. This means:
- Someone owed you a duty of care
- Breached the duty of care they owed you
- Caused you physical or psychological harm as a result
Evidence can also help to strengthen your case and prove liability.
If you would like to find out about when valid claims for accidents at Reading train station could be made, call our team.
Staff Accidents At Reading Train Station
The operators of a station and the people in charge of the services within them will owe a duty of care to their staff.
This duty of care will apply to both their working environment, and the work they do. As per Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, an employer must take reasonable steps to reduce or remove the risk any known hazards pose.
Employers can do this through:
- Risk assessments
- Adequate training
- Provision of any necessary safety equipment.
If you suffered an injury at work as an employee, please speak to one of our advisers to see if you could be eligible to make a claim.
There are actions you can take to help you before beginning a personal injury claim. You can for one, collect evidence to help prove your personal injury claim. This can include:
Evidence of the accident: For instance, CCTV or other recorded footage, or contact details of witnesses to your accident.
Evidence of the injury: For example, a medical report about your injury which can act as medical evidence to support your claim.
If you do not have this evidence, or are unsure about how to request it, please speak with one of our advisers for information. They can also discuss the steps you could take should accidents at Reading train station occur.
Your injury, and the effect it has had on you, will influence the compensation you can seek.
Settlements in personal injury claims can comprise up to two heads of claim. These include:
- General damages: This accounts for the pain and distress caused by the injury as well as the impact the injury has had on your quality of life.
- Special damages: This accounts for financial losses caused by the injury. For example, you could claim back loss of earnings, medical costs and costs for home adaptations. However, you will need evidence to prove these losses, such as receipts or payslips.
The general damages head of claim is often valued by legal professionals with help from the Judicial College Guidelines. The guidelines includes a list of injuries and accompanying bracket compensation amount.
We have included figures from the guidelines in the table below. The figures are based on previous court settlements but should only be used as a guide because all settlements vary depending on the unique circumstances of your claim.
Injury Notes Award
Skeletal Injuries (a) Le Fort fractures affecting the frontal bones in the face. £23,810 to £36,740
Skeletal Injuries (b) Where multiple facial bones have been fractured. £14,900 to £23,950
Skeletal Injuries (c) Nose or nasal complex fractures: (i) Where there have been serious or multiple fractures causing ongoing issues. £10,640 to £23,130
Severe Ankle Injuries (b) Examples of injuries include a severe ankle injury that required a long period of treatment. £31,310 to £50,060
Moderate Ankle Injuries (c) Examples of injuries include a fracture or ligament tear. £13,740 to £26,590
Severe Knee Injury (a) (ii) A leg fracture affecting the knee joint, causing ongoing pain and other issues. £52,120 to £69,730
Severe Knee Injury (a) (iii) Examples of injuries include those that cause less severe disabilities. £26,190 to £43,460
Moderate Brain Damage (c) (ii) Injuries in this bracket will have an affect on a person's ability to work due to a moderate to modest intellectual deficit. £90,720 to £150,110
Less Severe Brain Damage (d) Injuries resulting in a good recovery and the ability to take part in a normal social and work life. £15,320 to £43,060
Severe Psychiatric Damage (a) The person will experience significant problems with different aspects of his life and a poor prognosis. £54,830 to £115,730
If you are looking for a compensation estimate for your claim, please reach out to one of our advisers.
A solicitor can help you make your claim, working on a No Win No Fee basis. The solicitors from our panel often work under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) which means you can access your solicitors services without paying an upfront cost.
An additional benefit of the CFA involves you not having to pay a success fee should your claim fail.
If your claim succeeds, you will be charged a success fee which is deducted from your compensation as a legally capped percentage. The CFA you sign before your claim proceeds outlines further details about the fee.
To see if a No Win No Fee solicitor could work with you to make your claim, please reach out to one of our advisers now.
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Public Transport Accident Claim Resources
Other resources you might find helpful, include:
- GOV: Request CCTV footage of yourself
- GOV: Statutory sick pay
- NHS: Request medical records
- How Does An Accident At Work Claim Work?
- How To Claim Compensation For An Accident On A Public Bus
- What Are Interim Payments?
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