Can I claim compensation if I am injured on public transport?

Did you sustain an injury while travelling on public transport? You may be entitled to make a public liability claim. Find out about options for compensation.

Many of us might think that we injury ourselves on public transport, there is no support available to help us recover. However, this type of accident can be a cause to make a public liability claim. Whether you were travelling on a bus, train or ferry, an injury sustained on a public transport system may give rise to compensation.

Public transport injuries

Injuries on public transport can happen at any point and come in many forms. You may not think much of it at the time but there are many injuries that go unnoticed and result in long term issues.

To illustrate, here are some examples of public transport injuries:

  • Falling when a bus comes to a sudden stop
  • Faulty automatic doors on a train or tram causing a bodily jam
  • Unmaintained platforms that can cause slips or trips

Depending on the nature of the injury, you may have different avenues for compensation. 

For instance, if there is a case for negligence, you may be entitled to make a public liability claim for your injury. 

However, if you were injured during work travel, you may be able to make a claim for workers compensation. Alternatively, if you were taking public transport and there was a road accident, you may be entitled to make a motor vehicle accident claim.

In all these scenarios, it’s important to act sooner rather than later. Speak to a compensation lawyer at your earliest opportunity and find out the appropriate compensation claim avenue for your situation.

How do I make a compensation claim for a public transport injury?

To make a claim for compensation, you need to provide supporting evidence. The documents you can use to provide this evidence vary and will largely depend on the nature of the compensation claim you intend to make.

For a motor vehicle accident claim, you will need to obtain the details of the driver and the insurance provider. 

If you were travelling for work and are looking at claiming workers compensation, you will need to show that you were injured during business travel. You could provide receipts paid for by a staff credit card or confirmation of a work appointment.

To ensure you are able to make a valid claim, it is important to do the following:

  • Seek medical advice and obtain a record of your injury and the treatment plan
  • Contact the relevant authorities including the police or transport department and log the incident
  • Gather statements from witnesses 

While gathering evidence after an accident can be overwhelming, being armed with the right documents will ensure your compensation claim is lodged accurately. If you need assistance with lodging your claim, seek advice from a workers compensation or car accident lawyer.

Speak to a compensation lawyer

Public transport injuries should not be taken lightly. You may have a claim for compensation, ranging from public liability, motor vehicle accident claim or even workers compensation. Speak to one of our compensation experts at Masselos & Co and ensure your rights are being protected. Book your free consultation today.

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