How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You Claim for Train Accident Injuries
Even though you can institute a claim for compensation against the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) without assistance from a personal injury lawyer, it is not recommended if you have suffered serious injuries and damages.
PRASA is a state-owned enterprise and owns Metrorail. Your claim must be directed to PRASA, but with it being important to follow the correct process to ensure a successful payout, it is best to seek legal guidance from an experienced personal injury lawyer before you start the claims process.
If you commute to work by train, you could be at risk of injury. Such injury could be the result of a train collision, doors not closing properly leading to you falling from the train, or a broken leg as the result of stepping into a hole on the platform, etc. It could be a burn injury because of a fire on one of the rail coaches or perhaps a broken hip from a slip-and-fall on the platform.
You are entitled to compensation for the past and future medical costs, loss of earnings because of the inability to work as the result of the injuries, and loss of life amenities. The personal injury lawyer has the expertise to give advice on what you can claim for and for how much you can ask for in compensation.
The personal injury lawyer will assess your claim to determine the merits. For one, you must be able to prove that the injury sustained was the result of using the premises, products, or services of Metrorail, and that the negligence of Metrorail caused the injury.
The attorney will collect the relevant evidence, such as medical records, witness statements, police reports, video footage, or photos. In addition, the attorney will also consult with medical experts to help determine the severity of the injuries. An actuary may also be consulted to help determine the amount to be claimed for damages suffered. PRASA must be notified of the intended legal action.
The above is only a short introduction to the process. It can be complex, which is why it is essential to have an experienced attorney handle the process.
Our law team is here to help with claims for injuries suffered as the result of using train transportation in South Africa. We have successfully assisted many clients with such claims. Take the first step in seeking financial compensation if you have been injured at a Metrorail station or while commuting on a Metrorail train. Get in touch with our firm to have a personal injury lawyer assess the merits of your case.
*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 as at the date of publishing – August 2019.