Major accidents on the railways are rare, but crashes and derailments due to debris on the track, or collisions with other trains or vehicles, do occur and can result in serious injuries. Get in contact with Accident Advice Helpline’s expert injury lawyers, on our free 24-hour helpline, for advice regarding your railway injury claim.
Passengers on trains can also suffer injuries as a result of defects in the trains, slippery surfaces resulting in trips or slips, food poisoning, and falling objects. These types of accidents can also involve rail workers and, in addition, rail workers can suffer injuries or diseases related to their work such as vibration white finger and asbestos-related diseases.
Making a claim for a railway injury
In the case of serious train accidents such as derailments, passengers and rail workers can suffer serious injuries and there may be fatalities. In the aftermath of the accident, claimants will not only have to deal with making a railway injury compensation claim; there may also be an inquest, civil proceedings, a criminal trial, and perhaps a wider public inquiry. The experience can be very traumatic for individuals who have suffered a serious injury and have little experience of legal proceedings.
Having an experienced legal firm that understands the procedures involved in a railway injury compensation claim and has dealt with similar cases can help to make the process easier. In some cases it may be difficult to establish who was at fault for the accident as, depending on the findings of the court, it could be the train manufacturers or the rail network. At Accident Advice Helpline, our advisers will support you throughout the process and keep you informed of developments that might affect your case.
Many people each year pursue railway injury compensation claims, mainly for accidents such as slips and falls within railway stations. When the accident is not the fault of the individual, he or she is entitled to seek compensation for their injury. Usually this will be from a public authority that may, for example, have failed to display an appropriate danger sign. Claims can also be made against individual train companies if a spillage was not properly handled.
What kind of compensation may be awarded?
The amount of compensation that someone is likely to receive as a result of a railway injury depends on the severity of the injury and the impact that injury is likely to have on their life.
Bereavement damages can be claimed if a fatality has occurred. If someone is severely injured and will be incapacitated for the rest of his or her life, they may be entitled to permanent damages. When someone has had to take a significant period of time off work to recover, they may be able to claim for loss of earnings. Expenses can also be paid if these have been incurred as a result of the injury, for example travelling to medical appointments.
Each person’s claim is different and, therefore, if you think that you might be entitled to make a railway injury compensation claim, you should contact a legal firm that has experience of handling such claims.
At Accident Advice Helpline, our advisers can discuss your claim, advise you on how to proceed, and also advise you on the amount of compensation that you are likely to receive. To discuss your claim with a member of our expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 9, 2013
Author: David Brown