Airports are a hub of continuous activity with flights arriving and departing at all hours of the day and night. With air travel becoming so affordable over the past few years, passengers across all demographics, from international students and business people to families and retired couples can now fly virtually anywhere in the world. With so much activity in and around airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick, accidents may seem inevitable, but they shouldn’t be.
If you have been injured at an airport whether as a passenger, visitor, or employee and it was due to somebody else’s negligence, you may be eligible to file an airport accident claim for compensation.
When Can You Make An Airport Accident Claim?
Some accidents in airports are the type that can happen anywhere, while there are others that are unique to airports. However, if any of these accidents cause injury and was as a result of somebody else’s negligence then an airport accident claim could be made to get compensation.
Slip, trip, and fall accidents are one type of accident that can happen anywhere including airports. At an airport, slip trip and fall accidents can happen if a liquid spill is not mopped up immediately, or no hazard sign is put up warning passengers about wet flooring. Torn carpeting and broken or damaged escalators, boarding ramps, pathways and staircases are also common causes of slip, trip, and fall accidents.
Airport tarmac accidents are unique to airports. These can happen due to a number of reasons. A passenger or airport worker may get injured by a heavy vehicle carrying baggage or inflight supplies to or from the aircraft. They could also get injured by obstacles lying in their path or by jagged or damaged airport structures.
Wheelchair passengers are especially susceptible to getting injured at airports. They depend on airline staff to get them onto and off the aircraft safely. Carelessness on the part of the airline staff could result in serious injuries to the wheelchair bound passenger.
Passengers and airport staff may also get injured in runway accidents. Fortunately these are not so common, but when they do happen, they can result in severe injuries. Runway accidents can be caused due to pilot error, air traffic controller error, mechanical failure or bad weather.
Injuries resulting from airport accidents can vary widely, from minor bumps, cuts and bruises to sprains, broken bones, fractures, whiplash, and head injury. If you are seriously injured in an airport accident, the fact that it has ruined your trip is the least of your worries. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may find yourself dealing with long term rehabilitation, loss of income, and mounting expenses for ongoing medical treatment. This is in addition to your pain, suffering and trauma. When you file an air accident claim, you should be compensated for all of these losses.
What To Do Immediately After An Airport Accident
If you have been injured in an airport accident there are some thing you can do to help strengthen an airport accident claim. These might include the following:-
- Get medical help – If you are badly injured in the airport accident, your first priority should be to get medical help. Even if your injuries only appear minor, you should get medical attention to determine whether you have any internal injuries. This would also be used as evidence to prove injuries in your compensation claim.
- File an accident report – This establishes that there was an accident at the airport and that you were injured in that accident.
- Get photographs – When you have photographic proof of your injuries and of the scene of the accident, it’s difficult for anybody responsible to deny that it happened.
- Gather witness statements – Being an airport it is highly likely other people witnessed the accident. Get as many names and contact details as you can. These will help lend weight to your airport accident claim,
- Keep all receipts of any expenses related to the airport accident. This might include costs of travelling to hospitals/doctors surgeries, diagnostic tests, surgical or non-surgical procedures, prescription medication, home care, mobility equipment if required and structural changes to your home or vehicle.
How To Start An Airport Accident Claim
When it comes to any legal matters, it is always advisable to get professional advice. You have to be extremely precise when putting together an airport accident claim for compensation. This means you have to be precise about the exact time and place in the airport that the accident happened, how it happened and who might have caused the accident. Unless you are knowledgeable about personal injury law, you should contact a personal injury solicitor about filing an airport accident claim.
Personal injury solicitors as you might expect are experts in this area of law. Not only are they knowledgeable about the law but they may also have vast experience in filing successful airport accident claims. Through their vast experience dealing with accident victims, our personal injury solicitors understand their clients’ emotional and financial struggles and go out of their way to help in every way they can, and they also work on a No Win No Fee basis.
What Is A No Win No Fee Agreement?
A No Win No Fee agreement is a legal contract between a law firm/solicitor etc and their client. A brief explanation of how No Win No Fee works typically is that the solicitor will cover all expenses related to your airport accident claim while it is on-going. The client does not have to pay any upfront fees, neither do they have to pay towards any other expenses associated with filing the claim. However, if the airport accident claim is successful the solicitor would then deduct an agreed fee (calculated as a percentage) as way of payment which would be taken directly from the compensation awarded. If the claim is unsuccessful and the court does not award compensation, you don’t pay the solicitor anything. With an agreement such as this, you benefit from the solicitor’s experience without taking any financial risks.
If you would like to speak with a personal injury solicitor about an airport accident claim then please contact us today.