Advice On Train Accident Claims

By Danielle Graves. Last updated 12th October 2023. Welcome to our train accident claims guide. On the whole, riding the train is one of the safest ways to travel. However, accidents may still occur whether on the train, the platform or in the station. Falls and being hit by objects are the most common forms of injury whilst travelling by train.

A number of injuries are also recorded by rail workers on the tracks. If you are harmed following an accident on a train and suffer a serious injury this has the potential to completely change the way you live your life. Depending on the impact your injury has on you, you may be entitled to claim compensation if the accident was not your fault.

If you have been involved in an accident on a train and would like to discuss potential damages then speak to Legal Helpline today on 0161 696 9685. Somebody from our team will be happy to answer your questions.

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Train Accident Compensation Amounts

If you have suffered an injury as a result of a train accident then you may be wondering how much compensation you would get for a toe injury or what the foot injury compensation amounts may be. To get a rough idea you could for example use a soft tissue injury compensation calculator but there is no real substitute for speaking to an expert who can look at the specific details of your injury and advise you accordingly. Compensation amounts are based on previous claims but none of these previous claims will be exactly the same as yours so we can only make an estimate initially.

InjuryInformationCompensation Bracket
Severe Back Injury (ii)Injuries found in this bracket have special features such as loss of sensation caused by nerve root damage, mobility impairments and impairments to the functioning of bowel and bladder, along with sexual difficulties and unsightly scarring.£74,160 to £88,430
Severe Leg Injuries - Very Serious (ii)In this bracket, multiple fractures have taken years to heal, required extensive treatment and injuries have caused permanent mobility problems.£54,830 to £87,890
Arm Injury Causing Substantial and Permanent DisablementThe claimant has suffered serious fractures to one or both of their forearms resulting in significant permanent residual disability.£39,170 to £59,860
Severe Knee Injury (iii)The claimant may have continuing symptoms, such as pain, discomfort and movement limitations or instability and deformity with the risk that degenerative changes and remedial surgery may occur. £26,190 to £43,460
Less Severe Elbow InjuryInjuries found in this bracket cause function impairments but do not result in major surgery or a significant disability. £15,650 to £32,010
Moderate Ankle InjuryInjuries in this bracket include fractures and ligamentous tears which cause less serious disabilities, such as difficulty standing for a long period of time.£13,740 to £26,590
Moderate Neck Injury (ii)The claimant has serious movement limitations, permanent pain, stiffness or discomfort and may need further surgery from neck injuries. £13,740 to £24,990
Minor Head InjuryIn this bracket, the claimant experienced either minimal or no brain damage. The award considers initial severity, recovery time, continuing symptoms and whether headaches are present.£2,210 to £12,770
Serious Tooth Damage (i)The claimant has suffered serious damage to several front teeth, or lost them completely.£8,730 to £11,410
Nose Or Nasal Complex Fracture (ii)The claimant requires surgery to make a complete recovery following a displaced fracture. £3,950 to £5,100

If the injury you have suffered is not covered in this table then don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you won’t be able to claim. Speak to one of our experts and they will be able to talk you through what your personal estimate would be.

What Is A Train Accident?

There are various accidents that could result in suffering an injury on a train. While you are in a public space, including on a train, you are owed a duty of care under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957. This means that the controller of the space must ensure the reasonable safety of those onboard. 

However, in order to seek train accident compensation, you must satisfy the eligibility criteria. This means that to make a personal injury claim for being injured on a train, you need to prove that:

  • You were owed a duty of care. 
  • There was a breach in this duty. 
  • This breach caused your injury. 

If you would like to find out if you are eligible to make a train accident claim, speak with one of the advisors from our team.

Examples Of Accidents That Could Happen On A Train

There are various ways you could be injured on a train. Here are a few examples of how you could suffer an injury on a train: 

  • A slip, trip and fall accident resulting in a broken bone or a head injury. For example, if an object is left in a walkway, you could suffer an arm injury while tripping. 
  • Falling while embarking or disembarking from the train. For example, if there are no markings or signage between the train and the platform, you could fall and suffer an ankle injury. 
  • Faulty or poorly maintained handrails on the train could result in cuts and lacerations

Not all injuries suffered on a train will meet the eligibility criteria for a public liability claim. If you are seeking train accident compensation, you must be able to prove that your injuries were caused by a breach in the duty of care. 

One of the advisors from our team can discuss your injuries and assess whether you are eligible to make a train accident claim.

What Evidence Do I Need To Make A Claim?

It is vital that you obtain sufficient evidence when making a personal injury claim for train accident compensation. This evidence needs to prove that you were injured on the train and should establish liability on the part of the train operator. 

Here are a few examples of evidence that might be helpful when making a train accident claim:

  • Contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident so they can give a statement to a professional later
  • A copy of your medical records that show the nature of your injuries, along with the treatment you needed
  • CCTV footage of the accident
  • Photographs of the accident site, or of your injuries 

One of the benefits of working with a solicitor on your claim is that they can help you collect this evidence. To find out if you could be eligible to work with a solicitor from our panel, contact our team of advisors today.

No Win No Fee Train Accident Claims

If you have been injured and wish to make a train accident claim then you are probably experiencing some trauma following the incident as well as pain and suffering from your injuries. Therefore you will wish to avoid any financial worries that can accompany compensation claims.

The good news is that Legal Helpline offers a no-win, no fee service. This means that we will help you every step of the way with your claim without asking for a penny upfront. Any legal fee will not be payable until you have successfully received a payout as a result of your train accident claim. If for any reason your claim is unsuccessful, you will not be required to pay anything.

So to learn more about No Win No Fee train accident claims, get in touch today.

Helpful links

Have you suffered from burns on the railways or trains? The NHS provides good advice on dealing with burn injuries.

Recovering from burns

The ORR (Office of Rail and Road) has plenty of advice for rail and train users to keep safe from harm.

ORR – Passenger safety

The government page linked to below provides further safety advice for rail passengers.

More on passenger safety

If you have had to take the bus as a replacement train service due to trains being cancelled and have been hurt in a bus accident our useful guide below explains how to make a claim.

You can also check out some of our other public liability claims guides below:

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