How To Sue For An Injury At A Bus Stop Or Bus Station

Health and safety legislation state that services open to the public should be made as safe as they can be practically made. Services, such as bus stops, should be assessed for possible risks to a person’s health, and efforts should be made to manage or remove any risk of harm. If you suffered an injury in a bus station because of a hazard that should have been dealt with, you might be able to sue the bus station. 

how to sue a bus station
A guide about how to sue a bus station

This guide will show the different ways operators of a bus station could be found liable for an injury, and the actions legislation expects operators of public services to take to prevent accidents and injuries. It will also talk about the personal injury claims process and give you more information about compensation in claims. 

You can reach out to one of our advisers if you want to speak to someone directly about your claim. They offer free legal advice and can answer any questions you might have about the personal injury claims process. You can reach them using: 

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  1. How To Sue A Bus Station For Personal Injury  
  2. How To Sue A Bus Station For Slips Or Trips 
  3. Examples Of Accidents In A Bus Stop  
  4. How Much Compensation Could I Get In A Claim Against A Bus Station?  
  5. Do No Win No Fee Agreements Cost Less?  
  6. Learn More About How To Sue A Bus Station  

How To Sue A Bus Station For Personal Injury  

Under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, the operators of a bus station owe a duty of care to anyone on their property. This is a responsibility to ensure that the areas they control are made practically safe for people to use.

A person suffering an injury at a bus station because of unsafe conditions could be able to sue the bus station operators for breaching their duty of care. If this happened to you, reach out to one of our advisers for information on how to sue a bus station.

How To Sue A Bus Station For Slips Or Trips  

According to the Health & Safety Executive, slips and trips are the most reported cause of injury to members of the public. Operators of a bus station should take any practical actions they can to prevent slips or trips from happening. They could happen because of: 

  • Failing to clean the area: Failing to clean the area could lead to a build-up of rubbish and material that could be tripping hazards in a public place
  • Lack of maintenance: Potholes can form over time and an uneven floor can lead to tripping injuries, like a broken rib. Performing regular maintenance can help prevent this type of accident.
  • Lack Of signage: Signs and barriers can separate people from any harmful material like debris. 

It’s the responsibility of the operators of a bus station to think of these types of risks to people’s health and to enact measures to prevent them from happening. If you slipped and suffered an injury because of a hazard that should have been dealt with, contact one of our advisers now for information on how to sue a bus station. 

Examples Of Accidents In A Bus Stop  

Other ways accidents could happen at a bus stop include: 

  • Lack of lighting: As bus stops are in use at night, a lack of lighting could mean people are unable to see hazards in their way. A person could suffer a concussion from tripping in the dark.
  • Clearing unsafe material: Bus stops can be a target of vandalism and windows can be broken. If this happens, the responsible party should take reasonable measures to clear the debris once they’ve become aware of it. 
  • Lack of maintenance: A lack of maintenance could mean the bus stop could fall into a state of disrepair. Maintenance to make sure the structure of the bus stations remain sound and items like seats are not broken can help avoid injuries like a fracture. 

These and similar actions are what the legislation expects of the operators of a bus station. Get in touch with our advisers to know whether the operator of a bus station could be found liable for the injury you suffered. They can discuss your claim with you and evaluate liability.

Evidence

Evidence of the circumstances of the accident can help strengthen your claim. This could come in the form of: 

  • Witnesses: If someone witnessed your accident, collect their contact details as they could be able to provide statements for use in your claim
  • CCTV: If the bus station had a CCTV system in operation, you can request the footage of the accident for use in your claim
  • Medical records: The medical records of treatment you’ve received or appointments you’ve had for your injuries can act as evidence of the severity of the injuries you suffered. 

A personal injury solicitor can not only advise you on specific evidence to collect but help you request and gather it for use in a claim. Why not reach out to one of our advisers to potentially connect with a solicitor from our panel?

How Much Compensation Could I Get In A Claim Against A Bus Station?  

Compensation in personal injury claims is largely influenced by the extent of the injury and the effect it has had on the person. 

General damages is the amount of compensation awarded for the injury suffered, and any pain and distress it has caused. The Judicial College Guidelines, a publication that lists potential compensation brackets for various injuries, can be used to value compensation. 

We’ve included a table containing some figures from the JCG below.

InjuryNotesAward
Minor Brain or Head Injury
Any brain damage will be minimal but there will be symptoms like headaches£2,070 to £11,980
Chest Injuries: (b)A traumatic chest injury leaving permanent damage£61,710 to £94,470
Chest Injuries: (d)Injuries like a penetrating chest wound that leaves no permanent damage£11,820 to £16,860
Kidney Injuries: (a)Serious damage to both kidneys£158,970 to £197,480
Serious Shoulder InjuryDislocation of shoulder affecting grip and movement£11,980 to £18,020
Minor Shoulder Injury (ii)Soft tissue injury that heals within a year£2,300 to £4,080
Wrist Injury: (a)Complete loss of function of the wrist£44,690 to £56,180
Wrist Injury: (d)Cases of a lengthy recovery from a soft tissue injuryRarely exceed £9,620
Severe Ankle InjuryA severe ankle injury requiring a lengthy period of treatment£29,380 to £46,980
Moderate Ankle InjuryA ligament tear that leaves a permanent moderate disability£12,900 to £24,950

Special damages is the amount of compensation awarded to address any financial losses you have suffered because of the injury. 

This can be: 

  • A loss of income 
  • Costs spent on treatment/care 
  • Modifications you’ve made to your house to cope with the injury

You should collect items like receipts or payslips to use as evidence of the financial losses you are suffering. 

You can reach out to our advisers for more information about compensation or how to sue a bus station.

Do No Win No Fee Agreements Cost Less?  

The fee a solicitor takes varies from case to case. It would be hard to definitively say whether a No Win No Fee agreement costs less. It offers benefits though, as you would not have to pay a solicitor any upfront fee to hire them. Payment would only be made on the condition that your claim was successful and you were awarded compensation; if your claim was not successful, there would not be a fee. What’s more, the payment would only be taken from the compensation you are awarded; a legally capped percentage that you had both previously agreed to. 

As legal representation can be beneficial, why not reach out to a No Win No Fee solicitor to represent you? Our panel of No Win No Fee solicitors handle personal injury claims and could help you sue a bus station for compensation. 

Speak To Us About How To Sue A Bus Station  

Our advisers are available and offer free initial consultations. They can assess your claim and offer you information on what the claims process entails. You can reach them now using 

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Learn More About How To Sue A Bus Station  

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Article by CHA

Edited by VIC