Passengers injured in Norwich train crash begin compensation claim

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Passengers injured in Norwich train crash begin compensation claim

23rd July 2013

As passengers injured in Sunday’s rail crash at Norwich Station begin claims for compensation, the specialist lawyer representing one of the injured expects many more people to begin their own claims.

Daniel Denton, a serious injuries lawyer at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said he was already representing a Norwich man who suffered lower back and neck injuries when two trains collided in the early hours of Sunday, 21 July.

“As some of the others who were injured continue to seek medical advice after the incident, I expect the number of claims to quickly increase,” he said. “My client was travelling in the front carriage of the Greater Anglia service, which was carrying more than 30 people from Great Yarmouth to Norwich. As it approached platform 6 at Norwich Station at about 12:15am, it crashed into the back of a stationary East Midlands train.

“Passengers on board have described how there was a huge bang and everyone was jolted forwards,” he said. “The force of the crash sent people flying, and there were seat cushions and litter strewn all over the floor. All the lights on the train then went out, and the lights and ceiling itself were described as being left ‘hanging down’.”

Daniel said five ambulances rushed to the scene and eight people were taken to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, three of whom were on spinal boards. “My client injured his lower back and neck,” he said. “He and a number of other passengers who had sustained head injuries and bruised ribs were taken to hospital in minibuses.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said that both trains remained upright and on the tracks after the collision and that they were still trying to ‘establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.’

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the incident, and operator Greater Anglia is also helping with their inquiries.

“This was clearly a very distressing incident and it was extremely fortunate that more people weren’t seriously injured,” said Daniel. “We don’t yet know what caused the train my client was on to collide with the other train but while we wait for the results of the investigation it is clear that many other passengers were injured and will undoubtedly wish to make their own claim.”

Have you been affected?

Were you one of the passengers travelling from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, in the early hours of Sunday 21 July 2013? Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of serious injuries including those sustained in rail accidents.

If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Read more at:BBC