Millions of people travel by train each day and stations are busy, frenetic places that have some hidden dangers.
You may be surprised to hear that there are thousands of accidents each year on station platforms. Someone can fall while climbing on or off a train, slip on wet surfaces, particularly in wet weather, and even be hit by falling objects because of badly maintained infrastructure.
While many accidents will be minor, others can be extremely serious. Debris falling from a height because a station hasn’t been properly maintained can cause lasting injuries. If you are rushing for your train and don’t notice a wet floor, you could fall and break a limb or suffer from a concussion.
Claiming for a Slip or Fall
Like any business, the company that runs any train station must do everything in its power to ensure the safety of both staff and passengers. If, for instance, a spillage wasn’t cleared up in a reasonable time and you slipped and hurt yourself because of it, you may have the right to claim compensation.
Similarly, if you trip over baggage that has been left lying around by a passenger or a member of staff, there may be an option to claim for personal injury.
Accidents on Stairs and Escalators
If you’ve ever tried navigating stairs during rush hour, you’ll understand how perilous they can be. If an escalator is broken, for example, and that leads to you having an accident, the company responsible may be liable to pay compensation. As with other surfaces, stairs and escalators can also get wet and slippery when there is bad weather around.
Why Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
As personal injury lawyers, we’ve seen many other types of accidents caused by negligence in train stations. These include lift and train doors that close on passengers and trapping them, poorly maintained floors that lead to falls or cuts and bruises, as well as damage to seating that causes accidents.
If you have suffered an accident on a train station and you believe it is because of negligence, you should collect as much evidence as possible at the time. The next step is to make an appointment with a personal injury lawyer to see if you have the basis for a claim.
Compensation following an injury can help pay medical expenses, recompense you for the pain that you have suffered, help with loss of earnings and a whole host of other things that many have been influenced by the accident.
A personal injury lawyer will give you an initial free consultation to see if you have a basis for claiming the first place. This means you don’t have to pay anything out to find out if you should take matters further.
If you have had an accident that you believe was caused because of negligence, contact us today to find out how we can help.