This is a guide to the action that could be taken should accidents at Waterloo East train station occur and lead to injuries. If you sustained physical and/or psychological injuries in a train station accident as an employee or as a member of the public, you may be eligible to claim compensation. Employers and parties in control of public spaces owe a duty of care, which if breached can cause an accident and injury. This would constitute third-party negligence.
As we move through this guide, we will look at what accidents and injuries could occur in a train station, when you could be eligible to claim compensation and how this is calculated in a personal injury claim. Additionally, we will explain what evidence you could provide to strengthen your case.
You can also speak to our team of advisors at any time to discuss your claim. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide free legal advice. What’s more, if you allow them to assess your claim, they could put you in correspondence with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel, provided your claim is valid.
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- Accidents At Waterloo East Train Station – Could You Claim Compensation?
- What Potential Accidents At Waterloo East Train Station Could Occur?
- What Evidence May You Need To Prove Negligence?
- Calculate Train Station Injuries Compensation
- Discuss The Steps You Could Take If Accidents At Waterloo East Train Station Were To Occur
Should accidents at Waterloo East train station occur, it could be due to the breach of a duty of care owed by a third party. In relation to public liability claims, the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 lays out the duty of care that parties in control of a public place owe to their visitors. They must ensure that you will be reasonably safe in using the space for its intended purpose. The steps they must take can include providing clear signage to mark hazards, for example, a wet floor sign.
Alternatively, if you are an employee at the train station, your employer owes you a duty of care that is outlined in the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. They must carry out reasonably practicable steps to ensure that their employees are safe while at work. This can involve providing appropriate training and carrying out risk assessments to reduce hazards as far as reasonably practicable.
Now we can look at the criteria of eligibility that must be met to bring forward a personal injury claim for compensation. This is as follows:
- Either your employer or the party in control of a public space owed you a duty of care at the time and place of your accident.
- They breached this duty of care.
- Consequently, you sustained physical injuries and/or harm to your mental health as a result.
It is important to note that you also have a responsibility to protect your own health and safety. This can include adhering to the training you are given and complying with any safety signage provided.
Workplace Injury Statistics
The statistic below are taken from the data tables compiled and provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which are Britain’s national workplace regulator for health and safety. Under The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 employers must report certain workplace injuries. These statistics show that in 2021/22 there were:
- 61,713 non-fatal injuries to employees reported.
- Of these injuries, 7,735 occurred in the transportation and storage industries.
If a train station accident caused by a third party breaching the duty of care owed to you resulted in you sustaining injuries, you may have valid grounds to make a personal injury claim. Speak to a member of our team for further advice.
You may wonder, ‘what accidents at Waterloo East train station could occur that may cause me to sustain an injury?’. Train stations have many different areas in which a potential accident could occur, such as the platform, trains and toilets. In larger train stations you may also find shops and cafes.
Below we will provide examples of different accidents that could occur in a train station:
- Faulty handrails on stairs or an escalator could result in you falling from a height.
- You could trip and fall on an uneven surface due to damaged flooring.
- Faulty or damaged ceiling tiles could cause you to be struck by a falling object.
- You may contract food poisoning from food in a café.
- Wet and slippery flooring in the toilets due to cleaning could cause you to slip and fall.
You may be wondering who is liable for your injuries; this depends upon who breached the duty of care they owed you at the time and place of the accident. For example, if the incident happened in a shop within the station, it will be the third party in control of the shop who may be liable for your injuries. Our team can help you to determine liability for your claim.
If your case meets the eligibility requirements to make a personal injury claim and you would like to seek compensation, there is evidence you could obtain to support your case. This can include:
- Medical records
- A report of the incident from an accident book
- CCTV footage and photographs
- Witness contact details so that they can give a statement
Should accidents at Waterloo East train station happen and cause injuries, you may want to seek advice. Speak to our team of advisors.
There are up to two heads of a successful personal injury claim under which compensation can be awarded: general damages and special damages.
General damages compensate for the harm and suffering caused by your physical and psychological injuries. Using the updated 2022 version of the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), we have provided a table of compensation brackets as a guide. Solicitors can also refer to this document as an aid when valuing general damages.
|Guideline Award Bracket
|In this bracket, they injury may be associated with incomplete paraplegia.
|In the region of
|Fractures that extend into the knee joint leading to constant, permanent pain and further problems.
|£52,120 to £69,730
|(a) Complete loss of wrist function
|For example, where an arthrodesis has been required.
|£47,620 to £59,860
|Serious fractures of a compound or comminute nature or injuries to ligaments or joints generally leading to a combination of further problems.
|£39,200 to £54,830
|(d) Less Severe
|A good recovery will be made by the person but some problems may persist impacting concentration and memory or affecting their mood.
|£15,320 to £43,060
|Various injuries to the back, such as crush and compression fractures of the lumbar vertebrae causing consistent discomfort and pain and a substantial risk of osteoarthritis.
|£27,760 to £38,780
|(f) Severe Finger Fractures
|This could cause reduced mechanical function, partial amputations, deformity, impaired grip and disturbed sensation.
|Up to £36,740
|(b) Less Severe
|An injury resulting in impaired function but not requiring of major surgery or involving significant disability.
|£15,650 to £32,010
|Ligament tears, fractures and other similar injuries that lead to less serious disabilities.
|£13,740 to £26,590
|Damage to the brachial plexus’ lower area and dislocations that cause sensory symptoms, pain, aching and weakness of grip.
|£12,770 to £19,200
These are guideline brackets and not an exact representation of what you would receive in a successful personal injury claim.
A successful claim could also see compensation awarded for past and future financial losses resulting from your injuries under special damages. This can include:
- Loss of earnings that you suffered
- Care costs
- Adaptations that you needed to make to your home
- Travel expenses
These expenses must be proved using evidence such as payslips, invoices and receipts. Contact our team of advisors for more information on the compensation you could be eligible to receive for your case.
You may consider using legal representation to make a personal injury claim. To access the services of a solicitor you could enter into a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is one of the forms that No Win No Fee agreements can take. This generally involves:
- No payments to your solicitor for their services in the event of an unsuccessful claim.
- No upfront or ongoing payments to be made for the services your solicitor provides.
- A success fee, taken from the compensation by your solicitor only in the event that your claim is successful. This is a small percentage capped by the relevant legislation.
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Other Injury Claim Resources
We have provided further resources below for more information:
- How Do I Claim Compensation For An Accident In Public Toilets?
- Can You Claim For A Fall At Work?
- How To Find Serious Injury Solicitors
- The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) – Annual report of health and safety on Britain’s railways – 2021 to 2022
- NHS – 111 online: Get help for your symptoms
- GOV.UK – Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
Thank you for reading this guide to the steps that could be taken should accidents at Waterloo East train station occur and cause injuries.
Article by EA