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Train Accident Injury Claims

If you have sustained an injury on a train or railroad, you may be wondering if you have the grounds to bring a claim. If the accident occurred on a train in the EU, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if someone else is at fault and you have managed to record key details about the incident.

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Despite an overall decline in railway-related fatalities within the EU over the last decade, rail accidents do still occur either as a result of driver or signalling error or due to negligence on the part of the train operator or a member of the operator’s staff. If you have been involved in a train accident and you were injured through no fault of your own, you may be wondering if you are entitled to compensation for the injuries you sustained.

Bringing a claim for negligence

In order to be eligible to instigate a claim, you need to meet certain basic criteria. You must, for example, have sustained an injury that required medical attention and was no fault of your own. You cannot initiate a railroad injury claim based on a near-miss unless the incident caused you considerable psychological distress. You also need to prove that the accident was caused by third-party negligence and a failure in the duty of care by the person or individuals responsible for the accident.

Here at McCarthy + Co we have assisted many people in bringing successful claims against public transport companies over our 30-year history. In terms of railway-related incidents, we can provide expert guidance on any type of scenario you, or one of your relatives, may have experienced. This includes:

  • Negligence on the part of the train driver or conductor
  • Signalling or mechanical failures that led to a crash
  • Collisions involving pedestrians or cyclists
  • Collisions involving two trains or injuries sustained due to derailment
  • Injuries sustained within a train carriage due to a falling object
  • Slips, trips and falls within a train carriage or on a train platform
  • Faulty electric doors or early closure of doors resulting in injury
  • Injuries sustained as a result of scalding or defective train buffet food.

If you have experienced anything like any of the scenarios above, it is important that you take a note of all the details relating to the incident. Be sure to document the train company, route, and time. Take a note of the names of any staff involved and the name of the manager that they report to. Take photos of the injury you sustained or ask someone else to do this for you if you are unable to do it yourself. Ask any witnesses of the accident to provide their contact details and a written testimony. All these factors may play a crucial role in helping you to secure adequate compensation for your injury.

If you are still uncertain as to whether you have a legitimate case, speak to one of our specialist rail accident claim solicitors today for further advice.

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Useful resources

Some links relating to this topic that you may find useful.

  • Railway Accident Investigation UnitHomepage
  • Commission for Railway RegulationHomepage
  • Iarnród Éireann Homepage

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If you have been involved in a train accident, or sustained an injury on a railway or station platform, get in contact with our specialist railroad injury claims solicitors today to make a start on your claim or gather more information. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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With more than 30 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, McCarthy + Co. has expertise in a wide variety of fields including railroad and road traffic accidents. We are a family-run business, and we pride ourselves on offering honest, impartial, and helpful advice.

Our offices are based in Dublin and Cork, but we work with clients throughout Ireland in locations ranging from Galway to Waterford. You can count on us for legal advice, guidance, and assistance on any form of personal injury.

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