Throughout this guide, we provide information on the possible steps you could take following an accident at Richmond train station in which you suffered harm. There are a variety of types of accidents that could occur in a train station, such as in the station itself, or at one of the shops or cafes located within the station. If the accident that caused you harm was caused by a third party breaching the duty of care they owed you, you might be eligible to begin a personal injury claim. However, who the claim is made against will depend on who is liable for the accident and subsequent injuries. We discuss the different parties who owe a duty of care and whether they could be liable if this duty is breached.
Additionally, we outline the eligibility criteria that need to be met in order to make a personal injury claim. We’ll also discuss what evidence you need for a train station injury claim and how a No Win No Fee personal injury solicitor could assist you in building your case.
Furthermore, our guide looks at the compensation payout that could be awarded following a successful claim and how settlements are valued.
Read on to find out more. Alternatively, please contact an advisor to answer any questions you might have. To get in touch, you can:
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- What Is An Accident At Richmond Train Station?
- How Could A Train Station Accident Happen?
- What Evidence Could You Gather For Train Station Injury Claims?
- How Much Compensation For A Successful Train Station Accident Claim Could I Receive?
- Start A Claim For An Accident At A Train Station With A No Win No Fee Solicitor
- Learn More About What To Do After An Accident At Richmond Train Station
An accident at a train station could happen in a number of different places. As well as the passenger areas of the station, there are shops and cafes where accidents could take place. The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 places a duty of care on the occupier of a premises to take steps to ensure the reasonable safety of all visitors.
To make a personal injury claim against an occupier, the following eligibility criteria must be satisfied:
- You were owed a duty of care by the occupier.
- They breached the duty of care they owed to you.
- This breach caused you to be injured in an accident.
Could An Employee Make A Train Station Accident Claim?
Employees working in the station are likewise owed a duty of care from their employers. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 establishes that employers must take reasonable steps to keep their staff safe while carrying out their work activities.
These steps to protect employees will vary depending on the nature of the work being done, but the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the regulatory body for workplace safety in Britain, have prepared guidance on managing risks in the workplace. This can include ensuring all staff receive the necessary training and supervision to complete their work duties safely and keeping walkways, exists and work environments free from trip hazards.
If this duty is not upheld, and you are caused an injury as an employee, you might be able to make a personal injury claim against your employer if you can show:
- Your employer owed you a duty of care at the time and location of the accident.
- This duty was breached.
- You experienced a physical or psychological injury, or both, as a result.
How Long Do I Have To Claim For A Personal Injury?
Personal injury claims are also generally subject to a time limit of 3 years from the accident date. This is established by the Limitation Act 1980. In certain circumstances, exceptions to the time limit can apply and an extension granted.
To learn more about the personal injury claims time limit, and if any exceptions apply to your particular claim, contact our advisors today. They can also offer further guidance on the potential steps you could take if you suffered an injury in accident at Richmond train station.
Both visitors to train stations and members of staff can be injured when the party responsible for their safety fails in their duty of care. Below we provided some illustrative examples of how an accident at a train station could occur:
- The station operator has not repaired a broken step on the station platform nor placed a warning sign. A member of the public trips and falls on the broken step, sustaining a serious back injury.
- The escalator in a train station is broken and despite multiple reports, no repairs are carried out. As a result, a member of the public falls down the escalators and sustains a serious neck injury.
- A rail worker is not given adequate PPE when conducting repairs. They sustain a serious hand injury after a heavy object lands on their unprotected hand.
- A reported water spill in a train station shop is not cleaned up and a wet floor sign has not been placed. An employee slips and falls on the spillage while moving stock, resulting in serious head injury.
If an accident at Richmond train station were to occur and cause you to sustain an injury, please contact an advisor on the number above. They could help you understand the potential action you could take.
In order to make a personal injury claim following a train station accident, supporting evidence will be necessary. Some examples of evidence you should consider gathering for a train station injury claim have been provided below:
- Obtaining CCTV footage of the accident.
- Getting the contact details of any witnesses.
- Take photographs of your injury and where the accident happened.
- Medical documents such as copies of any scans or test results.
For support in the collection of evidence, contact our advisors today. After your particular circumstances have been assessed, you could get the support of a personal injury solicitor from our panel to collect evidence. Talk to our team today via the contact information given below to find out more.
Compensation following a successful personal injury claim can be made up of up to two different heads of claim. The first of these, general damages, awards for your injuries’ impact on your quality of life, including the pain and suffering you have experienced.
To assist in the calculation of the potential value of your injuries, solicitors can refer to the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This publication lists a variety of different injuries alongside their guideline award brackets. We have used a number of these brackets in the compensation table below.
It is important to note that this table has been provided to act as guidance, not guarantee a compensation payout. This is because settlements are calculated on a case-by-case basis.
|Very Severe (a)
|£282,010 to £403,990
|Full-time care required.
|Moderately Severe (b)
|£219,070 to £282,010
|Very serious disability with substantial dependence on others and need for constant professional care.
|Established Grand Mal (b)
|£102,000 to £150,110
|Level of award will depend on, for example, the effect on work and social life, the success of medication and existence of behavioural problems.
|Traumatic Injury (b)
|£65,740 to £100,670
|Permanent damage to chest, lung(s) and/or heart resulting in functional impairment, physical disability and reduced life expectancy.
|Severe (a) (ii)
|£74,160 to £88,430
|Casing involving damage to nerve roots, mobility impairment, sexual dysfunction and impaired bladder and bowel function.
|£41,970 to £70,030
|Fractures to both heels or feet or an unusually serious injury to a single foot. Substantial restriction on mobility and considerable permanent pain.
|£29,000 to £61,910
|Injuries that have reduced the hand to approx. 50% capacity, such as an amputation of multiple fingers and part of the palm.
|Fractures of Nose (c)(i)
|£10,640 to £23,130
|Serious or multiple fractures necessitating several operations and/or causing permanent airway damage and breathing difficulties.
|£12,770 to £19,200
|Shoulder dislocation and lower brachial plexus damage causing pain, weakened grip and aching in the elbow.
|£7,890 to £12,770
|Frozen shoulder with movement limitation and discomfort persisting for around two years.
Can I Claim Special Damages?
The second of the two heads of claim is called special damages, and awards compensation for the financial losses stemming from your injuries. Some possible examples are:
- Domestic care and support costs.
- Travel expenses.
- Lost earnings.
- Out-of-pocket medical costs.
Claiming special damages will require supporting evidence. It is, therefore, important that you keep copies of any receipts, payslips and invoices as proof of incurred costs.
Find out more about how compensation for successful personal injury claims is calculated by calling an advisor on the number above.
To begin the claims process following an accident at a train station, contact our advisors today for a no-cost, zero-obligation assessment of your particular circumstances. You could be connected with a personal injury solicitor from our panel of legal experts if our advisors decide your potential claim is valid. Our panel can offer claimants a specific type of No Win No Fee contract known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA).
When starting your personal injury claim with a CFA in place, there are some key benefits you can enjoy. First of all, you will generally not incur upfront fees for the solicitor to begin working on your case. Similarly, you will not pay any ongoing fees for this work during the claims process itself. Finally, in the event your claim is unsuccessful, there are no fees for the solicitor’s services.
Personal injury compensation will be paid out upon the success of your claim. Before this compensation is transferred to you, your solicitor will deduct a percentage of this amount. This is called a success fee. There is a legally binding cap on the maximum percentage that solicitors can charge as their success fee. Therefore, most of the awarded compensation will go to you.
For an assessment of your potential claim’s validity or to make further enquiries, contact an advisor today on:
For more of our personal injury guides:
- Learn how to claim after a bus pedestrian accident.
- Read our guide on claiming after being injured in a public train station.
- Find out about making a claim following a personal injury on a train.
Other resources you may find useful:
- The NHS has prepared this guidance on administering First Aid.
- The government has released this resource about requesting CCTV footage of yourself.
- See the HSE guidance on electrical safety here.
We’d like to thank you for taking the time to read our guide on the possible steps you could take should an accident at Richmond train station occur. To ask any questions, address your concerns or get a no-cost assessment of your potential claim, talk to our team today. You can speak to one of our advisors using any of the contact information given above.