In this case study, we’re going to look at a claim made against Transport for London (TFL) where the victim was paid £10,000 in compensation. The claim was made as a result of the victim falling of a chair on TFL property. While the payout by Transport for London might seem high, it will have taken into account the pain and suffering caused by the accident as well as the financial impact of the injuries
In this guide, we’re going to explain how the personal injury claim process works, the compensation amounts that could be claimed and what you should do if you’re injured on London Underground.
Although some blame the compensation culture for rising costs, here at Legal Helpline, we believe that if you’re made to suffer, because somebody else is negligent, then you should be able seek compensation from them without worrying about the costs involved. That’s why our personal injury solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for any claim they take on. Also, our advisors provide free legal advice about claiming as well as offering a no obligation assessment of your claim.
To begin a claim right away, give us a call on 0161 696 9685. Alternatively, carry on reading to find out about the London transport accident that led to such a large payout.
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- What Is A Falling Off A Chair Accident?
- What Circumstances Could Cause This Type Of Accident?
- What Injuries Could The Claimant Have Suffered?
- How Common Are Passenger Injuries On Transport For London?
- What Settlement Was Awarded To This Claimant?
- Compensation Calculator For Injuries Related To Falling Off A Chair
- No Win No Fee Compensation Payouts For Falling Of A Chair
- How Could Legal Helpline Help People Injured In A London Transport Accident
- Start Your Claim
- Essential References
What Is A Falling Off A Chair Accident?
In terms of compensation claims, an injury caused by falling off a chair is one which you can show:
- Was caused by somebody else’s negligence.
- Caused you to suffer an injury.
- Happened within the personal injury claims time limit.
If you simply fell off a chair because you weren’t sitting on it correctly or were leaning back on its legs, then you probably wouldn’t be entitled to claim compensation. However, if the accident was caused by a faulty chair, improper construction or any other form of negligence, then you might be able to claim.
The claims time limit, in general, for persona injury claims is 3-years from the date of an accident. Alternatively, if you didn’t find out about your injuries until later on, the date could start then.
As the exact circumstances of the claim which led to just over a £10,000 payout were not released, we’re going to look at the potential scenarios that could lead to somebody falling off a chair and the types of injuries that this could lead to. We’ll also look at the numbers of people injured on TFL property. Finally, we’ll explain how damages are calculated and how much compensation could be paid of a London Underground injury.
If you are injured in a similar accident, and you’re thinking of making a claim, then gathering evidence could be crucial. Therefore, we advise that you report the accident, seek witnesses and collect their details, photograph the scene of the accident and the cause and try to obtain CCTV footage of the area if there was any. You could also ask for copies of any medical records from the doctor or hospital that treated you. Finally, remember to photograph any visible injuries. The photos can further support your claim.
What Circumstances Could Cause This Type Of Accident?
While it’s not known how the claimant in this case fell from a chair, there are a number of scenarios which could cause it to have happened. Here are some examples of why somebody might’ve fallen from a chair:
- Damaged or broken legs of the chair causing it to collapse.
- Broken or damaged arm rests which gave way when leant on.
- Ill fitting or incorrect seat covers or cushions causing the claimant to slide off.
- An office chair on wheels that slid because of a wet or slippery floor beneath it.
There are numerous reasons why somebody might fall off a chair. As mentioned earlier, not all will mean you’re entitled to compensation. You could be though if the accident could’ve been foreseen by your employer or the person responsible for the area where the chair was situated but they failed to take steps to prevent an accident.
What Injuries Could The Claimant Have Suffered?
Again, in the case where the claimant was injured on Transport for London property was paid £10,000, back injuries. However, there are many that could be caused by such a fall. All could lead to a lot of pain, suffering and also embarrassment. These include:
- A fractured bone.
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Broken bones.
- Back injuries.
- Ligament or tendon damage.
- Head injuries.
If you’ve been involved in an accident which resulted in you falling off a chair, we could help you claim for a break, fracture or any other injury sustained in the fall. Please call our advisors to discuss whether you could be entitled to make a claim.
How Common Are Passenger Injuries On Transport For London?
According to information from a freedom of information request to Transport for London, in 2017, there were a total of 83 major accidents and nearly 3000 minor accidents reported across all London tube stations. The types of injury aren’t broken down so it’s not possible to say how many related to falling off a chair.
The number of minor accidents reported in 2017 was only slightly up from 2016. However, the number of major accidents increased from 70 to 83.
What Settlement Was Awarded To This Claimant?
Although the article which uncovered the claim for falling off a chair, it doesn’t provide much information about how the case was settled, how TFL were liable or what actually happened.
In general, a compensation settlement will include two main parts: general damages and special damages.
General damages are awarded for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity the claimant suffers as a result of their injuries. Special damages, however, look to compensate the victim for any financial losses incurred. This could be for medical costs, care costs and any additional travel costs. A large part of a special damages claim could also be caused by lost income. If the claimant was off work for any length of time, then any lost earnings could’ve been included in their claim. Also, if there are any longer term injuries, then the settlement could include future lost earnings too.
A councillor for the Liberal Democrats who requested the information from TFL alluded to the compensation culture being out of control. However, he also said, “But with so many large claims going through the system, I would question why TfL aren’t saving themselves some big payouts by upgrading safety standards for travellers.”
In this case, the award was £11,575, paid in 2012 but the figure did include TFL’s legal costs as well.
Compensation Calculator For Injuries Related To Falling Off A Chair
You might be wondering how much compensation is paid for falling off a chair. While we can’t tell you an exact amount before speaking with you, we can provide the personal injury claims calculator table below. It shows the chair injury compensation amounts paid for certain injuries.[table “1964” not found /]
Figures in the table are taken from a legal document called the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG). This document is used by lawyers, insurers and courts to work out how much compensation should be awarded.
As you can see, the table demonstrates that compensation is awarded based on the severity of your injury. Therefore, any solicitor claiming for a London Underground accident will need to use medical evidence and independent medical assessments to demonstrate exactly how you were injured on TFL and how it has affected you.
Our solicitors always try to arrange a local medical assessment to ensure you don’t have to travel too far. The report provided by the doctor can be used as justification of the compensation amount. Our solicitors always strive to try and ensure our clients are compensated fairly for their injuries.
No Win No Fee Compensation Payouts For Falling Of A Chair
When you consider making a claim after falling off a chair, the cost of hiring a solicitor can be daunting. That’s the reason our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis for any claim they handle.
When the solicitor has assessed your claim and decides to take it on, they’ll provide you with a conditional fee agreement (CFA). This is a legal document between you and the solicitor. When you’ve both signed it, your claim can begin.
The CFA is essential because it clearly states that the solicitor’s fees only have to be paid if you receive compensation. It also explains what ‘success fee’ you’ll pay if the claim is won.
Success fees are used to pay the solicitor’s fees and they’re a fixed percentage of your compensation. The solicitor simply deducts the fee before the rest is sent on to you which means you don’t need to have the funds available to pay the solicitor’s fees.
As well as reducing stress associated with a claim, no win no fee helps to reduce the financial risks involved too. Our team can let you know if you’re eligible for a no win no fee claim once they’ve assessed your case for free.
How Could Legal Helpline Help People Injured In A London Transport Accident
If you’re thinking of claiming compensation for an accident on Transport for London, but are wondering how Legal Helpline could help, here is some useful information:
- We’ve got a friendly team of advisors. They offer free legal advice about your claim.
- Our team of solicitor’s have up to 30 years’ experience handling all sorts of claims.
- The claim line is open 24-hours a day, 7 days week.
- Our solicitors always try to resolve claims as efficiently as possible. They’ll also try to ensure that TFL compensation amounts are full and fair.
- We’ve received loads of positive feedback from previous clients.
Start Your Claim
Now that you’ve read this guide about compensation payouts for falling off a chair, we hope you’re ready to begin your own claim. If so, you can contact us by:
- Calling our advisors directly on 0161 696 9685.
- Connecting with an advisor via live chat.
- Starting your claim online by completing this form.
- Sending details of your claim to [email protected]
Now that you’ve read this article covering chair injury compensation amounts, we’ve provided some additional links to guides and resources that you might find useful.
Seating At Work Advice – Information from the Health and Safety Executive about providing the correct seating in the workplace.
NHS Back Pain – Advice from the NHS regarding the treatment available for back pain.
Transport For London – The latest information and news from TFL.
Bus Accident Claims – This guide explains when a personal injury lawyer could help you claim for injuries caused by falling off a chair at work.
Child Accident Claims – Advice on when personal injury claims are possible following an accident had by a child.
Article by BH