Train Injury Claims
Thousands of people claim train injury compensation every year. Our experienced transport accident solicitors regularly work with a range of people who have been involved in train accidents and are ready to help you.
When it comes to train injury compensation claims, there are two main types of accidents:
- accidents that happen within a railway station, such as slips and falls and
- accidents of an often disastrous nature like train crashes.
More serious train accidents can result in catastrophic if not fatal injuries. In these cases, it is essential that you speak to a specialist solicitor, who has experience in dealing with claims of this nature.
Often the cause of the accident is not the fault of the victim. Train injury compensation can be pursued from public authorities who have failed to display necessary danger signs, for example. Alternatively, you may need to lodge your claim against the individual train company for spillage in the case of a slipping accident.
Reasons for serious train accident compensation claims
Successful claim train injury compensation is for many reasons. A non-exhaustive list is below:
- Signals passed at danger – when train drivers ignore stopping signals
- Obstacles on the track such as tree branches and people
- Collisions with other trains or large objects like bridges or embankments
- Level crossing accidents
- Faulty signals resulting in collisions with other vehicles including cars, trucks etc
- Poor track and infrastructure maintenance
- The criminal behaviour of individuals throwing objects at trains or vandalising tracks
Train passengers can suffer injuries as a result of many of the above which can, in turn, lead to the detriment of their everyday lives, sometimes meaning incapacity or death. If you or a family member has suffered then get in touch with a personal injury lawyer who will be able to advise you on how to begin your accident claim. There are time limits in place for transport accident compensation claims. Because of this, it is important that you do not delay in beginning the process.
What you can claim for in a train accident claim compensation case
The amount of compensation you receive depends on what type of injury has been sustained and the consequent impact it has had on your life.
- If there has been a loss of life then bereavement damages can be pursued
- It may be possible for you to claim permanent damages if you have been severely injured or incapacitated
- You can seek loss of earnings compensation if you have had to take time off work
- You may be able to claim back expenses you have paid as a result of your injury, for example, transport to and from appointments
HOW DOES THE CLAIMS PROCESS WORK?
At Jefferies Solicitors, once we have carried out an initial consultation, we will take care of the paperwork required to get your case underway.
A letter will be sent to you following an initial consultation with your solicitor. This will be a summary of the meeting you had and will confirm that they are happy to take on your case. It will highlight who will be your contact and estimate how long the process will take. The letter will also detail how you will be funding the case and an estimate of costs. If you need to provide any further information this will also be included.
A letter will then be sent to the defendant, providing details of the accident. The defendant has a fixed period in which they can reply and in their reply, they must state whether or not they are denying or accepting liability for your injuries. If they do accept liability, your solicitor will endeavour to settle the case out of court.
AMOUNT OF COMPENSATION IN TRAIN ACCIDENT CLAIMS
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
START YOUR TRAIN ACCIDENT CLAIM TODAY
Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an injury can be and so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.