Getting compensation for victims of train accidents
A large number of us use trains or the tube throughout our busy and demanding lives. It is a regular and usual way of commuting to and from work and statistically one of the safest ways to travel. Sometimes accidents happen unfortunately, either on the train itself or on the platform and station. Incidents involving trains in which people are injured are extremely rare, however victims of train accidents quite often suffer significant injuries and as result require far reaching medical care and rehabilitation.
This is not a time when you want to be worrying about paying the bills, or that you have not been able to work and so are running out of money to cover day to day expenses, let alone paying for medical care. There are systems in place for victims of train accidents to claim personal injury compensation. This sort of financial help can assist with post-operative therapies, post operative support, physiotherapy, adapting your home for wheelchair access and long-term rehabilitation, amongst other things. Any compensation will more than likely be covered by the railways – if they are at fault – using their personal liability insurance.
Train accidents and compensation
It is the train companies’ duty and responsibility to protect your safety and that doesn’t just start when you board the train. Stations and platforms have to follow the same strict health and safety rules as other public spaces. Sometimes due to carelessness, these rules are not followed fully and passengers get hurt. Accidents such as sliding on wet floors or tripping on faulty paving are astonishingly common and can result in people seeking compensation. The same duty of care should be in place once you have got onto the train. The operator has a task to provide you with a safe means of transport.
Train crashes are extremely rare but do happen and when they do it does normally result in high degree injuries to passengers who are impacted on. Common causes of crashes include mechanical failure (on the train or the track), objects on the track and collisions with other vehicles (especially vehicles crossing tracks at level crossings).
Accident Advice Helpline is very experienced at helping people claim compensation for all sorts of personal injuries. Including anything from a twisted ankle to being involved in a serious train crash. Our sensitive and knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you wth everything you need to know. Then you can ensure you have all the correct evidence needed to pursue a successful claim for compensation. Remember it is your right to have the support you deserve to return your life back to normal, so give the team a call on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 10th February 2013
Author: David Brown