Injured While Commuting? Claim Compensation with the Help of a Personal Injury Attorney!

If you use the train to commute to work and are injured while using such, you have the right to claim compensation for the damages suffered. To this end, you will benefit from using the services of a personal injury attorney.

Claiming from a state department or public service provider for damages related to a personal injury can be a long and arduous journey. With several legal pitfalls to avoid, it is essential to discuss the particular injury and incident with an experienced personal injury attorney.

With the Metrorail transporting millions of people every year, the risk of an injury while waiting for a train to arrive or while travelling on board of the public transport is huge. If you are injured, you want the assurance that your medical costs related to the injury are covered. You may lose your ability to work because of the injury and may need special care for the rest of your life. As such, it is certainly recommended to get legal advice and assistance from a personal injury attorney to ensure that you receive the compensation needed to pay for the relevant costs.

Types of rail accidents for which personal injury claims can be lodged include, but are not limited to:

  • Two trains colliding.
  • Train colliding with a vehicle at a railway crossing.
  • Slip and fall at the property of the SA Rail Commuter Corporation as the result of a hazardous condition, such as a wet floor where there is no sign to warn of the wet floor.
  • Attack at the rail platform or while on the train.
  • Vehicle or equipment at the railway station colliding with you.
  • Falling from a train as the result of improperly closed doors while the train is moving.
  • The derailment of a train.

Many other types of incidents while using a train or being at a public train station can lead to serious injuries. You can claim for:

  • Past and future medical expenses directly related to the injury.
  • Past and future loss of income.
  • Loss of life amenities.
  • Pain and suffering.
  • Funeral costs (where relevant).
  • Loss of financial support (where relevant).

Claiming – Limited time

Your claim against PRASA or the relevant rail company must be submitted within three years of the incident. To this end, make use of a personal injury attorney to help determine whether you still have time to submit the claim, if you have been injured and have not yet commenced with the claim process.

What Next?

Seek legal advice. Get in touch with our personal injury attorneys to help determine the merits of your case and to assist in submitting your claim for compensation.

*This article is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Call on our attorneys for legal advice, rather than relying on the information herein to make any decisions. The information is relevant to the date of publishing – April 2019.

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