Your Legal Rights If You Had An Accident At A Train Station

Following an accident at a train station, you might be wondering whether you are eligible to seek compensation. In this guide, we’ll discuss when you might be able to launch a personal injury claim for the harm you have experienced as a result of someone else’s negligence.

There are several steps you can take before making a claim for harm you suffered in a train station accident. We’ll help you understand what evidence you might need to support your claim and how seeking legal advice could benefit you.

If you do wish to hire legal representation, this guide will explore how a No Win No Fee agreement could benefit you. 

We understand you may have questions that you want to address with an advisor from our team. They can provide free legal advice and answer any questions you may have about your potential claims.  

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Can I Claim Compensation For An Accident At A Train Station?

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 contains provisions that make any party in control of a public place liable for the safety of members of the public. Therefore, the person in control of a train station has a duty of care to ensure they take reasonable steps to prevent you from experiencing harm.

However, there are instances where they might fail to do so. This could result in injuries being sustained due to someone else’s negligence.

Injuries sustained in an accident at a train station could affect your life in many ways. For example, you might suffer from a permanent disability caused by severe head injury and are therefore unable to work for a long period of time.

There are various types of train station accidents that can occur. For example, accidents on an escalator, on the stairs or in a lift. Platform accidents could also occur.

However, in order to claim, you must be able to prove that negligence occurred. This involves someone breaching the duty of care they owed you and causing you either physical or psychological harm.

For more information about whether you’re eligible to seek compensation, call our team.

Compensation Amounts In Train Station Accident Claims

You are potentially able to seek compensation for two heads of claim. Firstly, general damages compensate you for the pain and suffering caused by any psychiatric or physical injuries. Secondly, special damages take into consideration the financial losses incurred as a result of the injuries. They may include:

  • Loss of earnings (including loss of future earnings)
  • Travel expenses
  • Prescription fees or other medical expenses

It’s worth noting that you should keep hold of your wage slips and receipts to prove special damages.

When working out general damages, legal professionals use the Judicial College Guidelines alongside other evidence to help them. The 16th edition features compensation ranges based on previous payouts that correspond to different injuries.

We have used these figures in our table below but you should only use them as a guide. Each settlement is calculated based on several factors unique to your specific claim. As such, the settlement you receive could differ to what’s listed in the table.

InjuryCompensation BracketNotes
Very Severe Brain Damage (a)£282,010 to £403,990The level of award within this bracket is affected by the extent of your physical limitations and the extent of any behavioural problems as well as other factors.
Severe Neck Injuries (a) (i)In the region of
This bracket includes cases of a neck injury that is associated with paraplegia that's incomplete.
Severe Back Injuries (a) (i)£91,090 to £160,980This bracket includes cases where there has been spinal cord and nerve root damage that causes serious issues not usually found in a back injury case.
Severe Leg Injuries (b) (i)£96,250 to £135,920This includes the most serious injuries that fall short of amputation.
Hand Injuries (c)£96,160 to £109,650Where the hand has been totally or effectively lost.
Severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (a)£59,860 to £100,670All aspects of your life will have been badly affected and you may be unable to work.
Severe Shoulder Injuries (a)£19,200 to £48,030

Neck injuries that involve brachial plexus damage and result in a disability of a significant nature.
Moderate Ankle Injuries (c)£13,740 to £26,590This bracket includes injuries such as fractures and tears to the ligaments.
Moderate Foot Injuries (f)£13,740 to £24,990Displaced fractures of the metatarsal that causes a permanent deformity and ongoing issues.
Serious Toe Injuries (d)£9,600 to £13,740Injuries in this bracket include multiple fractures of two or more toes.

For more information on what you could receive in compensation after an accident in a train station, call our team.

How Can Accidents Happen At Train Stations?

In the following sections, we have explored the different types of accidents that could occur in a train station. The examples highlight how negligence could cause you to sustain harm.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Slip, trip or fall accidents could happen as a result of negligence in the following ways:

  • A platform may have been wet or slippery due to rain, however the hazard may not have been adequately marked with a wet floor sign
  • There may have been items left on the customer stairs causing someone to trip and sustain a broken leg

Struck By Train

A member of the public may have been struck by a train after no warning alerted passengers of an oncoming train. There may have also been a lack of markings warning passengers to stand clear of the platform edge.

Train Crash

A train driver may fail to operate the train with due care and attention. For example, they may have failed to stop at a traffic signal on the track, causing them to collide with another train. This could have caused you to sustain a severe neck injury.

If your accident type was not mentioned above, please don’t worry. There are a variety of ways that a train accident could occur. Our advisors are available 24/7 and could clarify if you are entitled to a payout after an accident in a train station or another type of train accident.

What Evidence Can Help Me Prove My Compensation Claim?

As discussed in the previous sections, an accident at a train station could occur due to a number of causes. However, a successful train station incident claim would show that someone breached the duty of care they owed you and caused you harm as a result. 

In order to demonstrate negligence in a train station accident claim, there are several steps you could take. For instance, you could gather relevant evidence to support your case. Examples of the evidence you could obtain might include: 

  • CCTV footage: Most train stations may use CCTV and you are within your right to request CCTV footage of yourself. CCTV footage can provide evidence of your accident taking place.
  • Witness details: You could ask any witnesses for their contact details for a solicitor to collect their statements at a later date.
  • Photographic evidence: This could include pictures of your injuries and the accident scene.
  • Medical assessment: A medical assessment may be arranged for you as part of the claims process. This can highlight the extent of your injuries. A solicitor from our panel may be able to organise this assessment for you.

Additionally, we would recommend that you seek legal advice. Our panel of personal injury solicitors are trained in handling with train station accident claims. They could help you gather evidence and take you through each stage of the claims process. 

Call us for more information.

Make A Personal Injury Claim With A No Win No Fee Solicitor

If you’ve suffered an accident at a train station, you might be interested in knowing the benefits of using a solicitor from our panel. They offer No Win No Fee services, including a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). The benefits of this include:

  • Not having to pay upfront costs or ongoing costs
  • Not having to pay a success fee if your claim fails

You will need to pay a success fee if your claim succeeds. This is subject to a legal cap.

If this is something you would like to find out more about, see below for our contact details.

Get Advice On Claiming After An Accident At A Train Station 

To check your eligibility when claiming for an accident at a train station or for any additional information, speak to our team. You can get in touch by:

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More Information On Claiming Accident At A Train Station Compensation

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We hope our guide on claiming after an accident in a train station has helped. However, for more information, you can call our team.