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Railway accident claims

Railway accidents involving derailment or collision are fortunately rare but when they happen they can be catastrophic causing fatalities, serious injuries and in some cases severe burn injuries. Even less serious incidents can result in injury to passengers caused by them being thrown around in the train.

Derailment or collision accidents can arise from a number of causes such as:-

  1. Vandalism i.e. objects deliberately placed on the track
  2. Driver error
  3. Collisions with vehicles on the track/level crossing incidents
  4. Defects in track or train
  5. Signalling errors

Not all rail accidents involve accidents to the train itself. Many injuries are caused by trips or falls or stations or whilst entering or leaving trains. Passengers may be injured on a train without any collision or derailment being involved.

Persons injured in railway accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries from the party or parties held to be responsible for having caused the accident.

Responsibility for a railway accident is likely to lie with the railway company if the cause was defects in their track, equipment or premises or errors by their employees. Where Independent Contractors have carried out maintenance work they may be held liable if an accident results from defective workmanship on their part.

In the case of collision with a vehicle on the line, the vehicle driver may be responsible if the accident is held to have resulted from his/her negligence. In the Selby accident a few years ago the car driver was not required to pay compensation damages to the victims but was also sentenced to imprisonment.

If you have been injured in any type of railway accident in the last three years you may be entitled to compensation.

If you would like a Free Legal Assessment of your claim please complete the Application Form. We will handle your claim on a No Win No Fee basis at no cost to you.

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Testimonials
Slip in Public House
Mrs C whilst walking towards the bar area slipped on the wet floor of a public house whilst walking towards the bar area. She fell awkwardly causing a complex fracture of her right wrist. The insurers denied liability alleging the floor was dry and that Mrs C was drunk and jumping on the dancefloor. Cooks obtained evidence refuting this and issued the claim at Court. Settlement was reached just prior to the trial when Mrs C was awarded £20,000.00 she said:
"I would just like to say thanks to the staff who have been first class explaining things to me all the way and keeping me informed."
Mrs C from Middlesbrough

See how much your claim could be worth.

Examples of Compensation Awards for Injury Claims*
Serious Back Injury
£30,000
Wrist Injury
£3,000
Serious Neck Injury
£30,000
Serious Hand Injury
£10,000
Ankle Injury
£3,000
Serious Knee Injury
£20,000
Serious Head Injury
£50,000

*damages for loss of earnings and other losses and expenses are commonly paid in addition to the injury award and will vary in each case