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Railway employee's Slip Accident Claim

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland
Thompsons Solicitors Scotland

Our client suffered an accident in Edinburgh in December 2018. She was referred to Thompsons via her union, the RMT, so that we could handle her slip accident claim on her behalf.

The background

Our client is employed as a travel consultant for a railway company. She is based at Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station which is run by Network Rail.

On the day of the accident, our client had finished her shift and was making her way to a platform to catch the 5.15pm train home. During the course of that journey across the station she slipped and fell. She suffered soft tissue injuries to her knee, wrist and ribs.

She was initially assisted by members of the public and, at the time, could see no apparent obstruction or reason for her fall. Eventually, a station first aider came to see her and remarked that she was one of a number of people who had suffered a fall in the station that day. It transpired that there was an issue with the station flooring which caused it to become slippery when cold.

The consequences

Our client was quite shocked after the slip accident and suffered significant pain and discomfort.

She had a trip to New York booked for the following day and, although was fit enough to travel, she found the enjoyment of her holiday was curtailed due to pain, soreness when breathing and reduced mobility. By the time of her flight back from America, she was in considerable pain from the bruising to her ribs.

We intimated a claim in terms of Regulation 3 of the Management of Health And Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Regulations 5 and 12 of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations and the Occupiers Liability (Scotland) Act 1960.

Liability was denied by the defender. Thompsons personal injury solicitors raised a court action and sought evidence by way of a Specification of Documents. The defender then admitted liability for the railway station accident subject to 20% contributory negligence.

The settlement

The defender tendered a settlement offer in the sum of £3,600. We advised that this was a reasonable sum and our client was happy to accept it.

Settlement was agreed on 11 January 2021.

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