Over recent years, rail operators and Network Rail have sought to install ticket barriers at their stations in a bid to cut down on fare evasion – or fare bunking. They look very much like the sort of thing you find on the London Underground, if you’re not a regular train user. These machines make it difficult for passengers who don’t like paying for their fare to gain access to stations. They also mean that train companies don’t have to pay to position multiple ticket inspectors at station entrances and exits.
Some public conveniences also use similar devices to make sure people pay a charge to use facilities such as toilets. The money is typically spent on providing more pleasant bathroom facilities and seems to have worked. But what if while you were passing through one of these barriers and it malfunctioned and shut violently, causing you an injury to one of your limbs? If this were too happen to you, there will be a chance that you might be able to sue the company responsible for the barrier in question for personal injury compensation.
Mechanical barriers and injury solicitors in Earls Colne
Imagine you’re rushing for a train you have to catch to make a connecting flight. You only have a small amount of hand luggage, so can pass through a normal-sized railway station barrier without having to use one of the larger gates provided for the disabled, parents with buggies or travellers with a lot of luggage. You fumble in your pocket to find the ticket you just purchased and slide it into the ticket slot positioned on your barrier of choice. As you’re making your way through the open barrier, it slams shut, hitting and breaking your ankle as it does so. If you can prove that the machine should not have shut so quickly and that you did not have a chance to make it safely through before it closed, you might be able to use an injury solicitor in Earls Colne to launch a compensation case.
You’ll need evidence though. If you were at a busy station when the incident occurred, it’s likely that other travellers will have seen what happened to you. In an ideal world, you will have taken their contact details. It will also be likely that your mishap was caught on CCTV. Your injury solicitor in Earls Colne may be able to access this and use it as evidence in your favour.
Call the pros
If you have been hurt by a barrier guarding a station platform or a public convenience, you should call Accident Advice Helpline to find out if it might be able to take your case on a no win-no fee basis.