I fell on a Luas when it braked suddenly and sustained quite serious injuries – can I claim Luas accident compensation?
You may be able to claim Luas accident compensation if it can be proven that the Luas operator was negligent in his or her duty of care. However, it may be the case that the driver was not at fault – perhaps the road signals were not in good working order, for example. If we assume, however, that the driver was to blame for the abrupt braking of the Luas, once negligence has been established you can initiate a compensation claim for a Luas accident.
You should have carried out a number of procedures in order to successfully pursue a Luas accident compensation claim. The most important factor is always to prioritise your health and you should have had your injuries examined by a professional medical practitioner immediately after the accident occurred. Not only will seeing a medical practitioner reduce the risk of further damage, your injuries will have been recorded in your medical history and can be used to support your claim.
It would also have been beneficial to have gathered the details of any witnesses to your accident and to have accessed images recorded on CCTV, if available – and necessary – to be used as evidence that your injuries were caused by the driver’s negligence.
Even if you have not completed all of these procedures, your Luas accident compensation claim will not be automatically disqualified. However, it would be in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury solicitor who can assist with the collection of all necessary documents and can help with your application for assessment to the Injuries Board Ireland.
Luas accident compensation should cover more than just the physical injuries you suffered in the accident. Integrated into the claim could be any out of pocket costs for medical treatment and any loss of income you have incurred, along with damages for the impact an injury sustained in the Luas accident has had on your quality of life.
Most solicitors offer an initial consultation without charge where they can evaluate your claim and listen to your account of the circumstances of the accident and the extent of your injuries. In this consultation your solicitor could determine whether or not your compensation claim for a Luas accident is one worth pursuing.