The hustle and bustle of an airport can be quite exciting. With hundreds of airport workers carrying out essential activities, commuters rushing from one flight to another and holidaymakers about to embark on the trip of a lifetime, airports are undoubtedly busy places. However, they should also be safe places for all travellers and staff. Unfortunately, though, accidents in airports do happen. In some cases, that can lead to an airport accident claim where you could be compensated for your injuries.
Our team is here to help you start the claims process. We’ll review your claim during an initial consultation and advise you of your chances of being compensated. If the claim is strong enough, you’ll be connected with a personal injury solicitor from our team. If you’d like them to provide legal representation, they’ll manage your airport accident claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
Please read on to learn more about the airport accident claims process or call us on 0800 6524 881 if you’d like to talk to us immediately.
Table of contents
- Am I Eligible To Make An Airport Accident Claim?
- Types Of Accidents At Airports Compensation Could Be Claimed For
- Common Injuries From Airport Accidents
- How Much Compensation For An Airport Accident Could I Claim?
- Evidence To Support An Airport Accident Claim
- Time Limits For Claiming Airport Accident Compensation
- Starting The Airport Accident Claims Process
To check if you might be eligible to claim compensation for injuries sustained in an airport, see if you can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions:
- Were you owed a duty of care by the defendant?
- Did the defendant cause an accident at the airport through an act of negligence?
- Were you injured or made ill during that accident?
Providing all of the above is true, you may have grounds to begin an airport accident claim. Legally, most airport visitors will be owed a legal duty of care by either the airport operator or the companies that are based within the airport. If you work in an airport, you’ll be owed a duty of care by your employer (to try and make sure your health and safety are looked after as much as possible).
Therefore, your main “task” when making an airport accident claim will be to help your solicitor with evidence to prove how your accident occurred and who caused it. We’ll explain the types of evidence you could use to do this later on.
We’ve listed some potential scenarios of accidents at airports below that could mean you’re eligible to sue an airport for compensation:
- Travelator, lift and escalator accidents. If you fall from an escalator, get trapped in a lift or fall on a travelator in an airport because of a lack of maintenance or an unrepaired fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries.
- Slips, trips and falls. These are perhaps some of the most common injuries in daily life let alone within an airport. Airport accident claims might be possible if you slipped on a spillage that was not cleaned up, fell over cables trailed across a walkway or fell down a flight of stairs with a broken handrail.
- Food poisoning and allergic reactions. If you are made ill from food poisoning after eating food that was not handled, cooked, reheated or stored correctly in an airport restaurant, you could sue for damages. Similarly, if you suffer an allergic reaction to food because of inaccurate labelling or menus, you could also claim.
- Airport shop accidents. Any retailer based within an airport must try to ensure their unit is safe for customers and visitors. Therefore, if your hand is cut by damaged shelving or merchandising that is not secured properly falls onto you in a shop accident, suing the retailer may be an option.
- Airport staff accidents. Workers who are based in an airport are also owed a duty of care by their employer while working. That means if you are hurt at work because of a lack of training, inadequate PPE, damaged equipment or other forms of negligence, you could sue your employer for your suffering.
- Airport car park accidents. Accidents outside of the airport could also lead to a compensation claim if caused by the operator’s negligence. For example, if a car park barrier strikes you because it wasn’t functioning properly, you could claim. Any collisions in a car park would usually be handled in the same way as other road traffic accident claims.
Even if your airport accident isn’t listed above, please get in touch and we’ll review your chances of being compensated for free.
If you’ve had an accident in an airport caused by somebody else’s negligence, you could perceivably be compensated for any type of injury. Some of the more common injuries our personal injury solicitors deal with include:
If you’ve suffered an injury in an airport, please contact us and we’ll review whether you could be eligible to claim compensation.
Our personal injury solicitors always try to secure the maximum level of compensation possible for their clients injured at an airport. That means that as well as looking at the level of suffering endured, they’ll also look at any financial impact when making an airport accident claim.
Until your claim is assessed, we can’t say exactly what you could be compensated for but it could include damages to cover:
- Any physical pain at the time of the airport accident, during treatment and while you’re recovering.
- Embarrassment, anxiety, distress and other forms of mental harm linked to the accident.
- Any negative impact your injuries have had on your social life, hobbies or usual activities.
- The time somebody else spent supporting you and other care costs.
- Travel expenses.
- The cost of physiotherapy or other private medical treatment.
- Replacement costs of items damaged in the accident at the airport.
- Loss of income including any that might be lost in the future.
- Changes to your home to help you cope with any ongoing disabilities.
Please call for a free consultation if you’d like to know what could be included in your claim.
Solicitors use guidelines from the Judicial College to calculate potential compensation payouts for general damages. As these figures are based on the severity of your injury, you’ll need an independent medical assessment as part of your airport accident claims process. However, before that happens, you can use our compensation calculator to gain some idea of compensation amounts.
Please note that as these figures are simply advisory and do not take into account special damages, therefore you may receive less or more compensation if your claim is successful.
If you make a personal injury claim after an accident in an airport, the defendant will more than likely pass the claim to their insurers. That means that typically no compensation will be paid unless it is absolutely clear how your accident happened, the extent of your suffering and why the defendant was to blame. Therefore, the more evidence you and your solicitor can provide, the better. This might include:
- Medical records. You should always visit your GP or a hospital to have any airport injuries treated properly. Your medical records could be obtained later on to support your claim.
- Accident reports. Similarly, you should always tell the airport or retailer about your accident. Legally, you’re entitled to a copy of their accident report.
- Photographic evidence. If you can do so safely, it’s a good idea to take as many pictures of the accident scene as possible. Where possible, you should do this before anything is replaced, removed or repaired.
- Witness information. You should ask anybody else who saw your accident to provide you with their contact details. If necessary, your solicitor could ask them to provide a statement of what they saw.
- Security camera footage. As you’d expect, airports are covered by security cameras for safety purposes. However, if your accident was recorded by airport CCTV, you should ask for a copy of any relevant footage.
Our solicitors will help you to obtain the required evidence if they take your claim on. If you’ve already secured such evidence, please let us know during your free consultation.
The limitation period for airport accident claims is 3-years from the date you were injured or the date your injuries were diagnosed by a doctor. We would always suggest that evidence is easier to secure if you begin the claims process quickly rather than waiting until the last minute.
Call our specialists today on 0800 6524 881 if you’d like to see if you could be compensated following an airport accident. Your consultation is free as is any legal advice you’d receive.
If your claim is suitable and it’s accepted by one of our solicitors, they’ll manage the claim on a No Win No Fee basis so you won’t need to worry about paying legal fees unless compensation is awarded.
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