Because I broke my nose when a Luas tram braked suddenly without warning, can I claim for an injury on the Luas?
The answer to “Can I claim for an injury on the Luas?” is fairly simple; you can claim compensation for your broken nose provided that it can be proven that your injury was sustained because of the negligence of a third party. While the negligent party may automatically be assumed to be the Luas driver, bear in mind that it is possible for another entity to be responsible; for example, perhaps the road signals were faulty. Once negligence is determined you could begin making a claim for injury of the Luas.
Before “can I claim for an injury on the Luas” can be answered, you should consider a number of factors. For one, it is important that your injury was treated by a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident. By seeking medical attention, the risk of further damage is reduced, and your injury would have been noted in your medical records to be used as evidence to support your claim.
It would be advantageous if you had gathered any witness details to further support your claim. Any pictures of the scene would also be beneficial as would images recorded on CCTV which could be used to establish negligence. Your accident should also have been reported to a Luas staff member and recorded in their Accident Report Book.
You would be well advised to engage with a solicitor who could assess your case and answer “can I claim for an injury on the Luas?” In the initial consultation that most solicitors offer without charge, your solicitor would be able to establish whether or not you have a compensation claim that is worth pursuing.