Airports are very busy places, with thousands of people passing through or each day. What’s more, a large number of people work at airports. Because there are so many people in an airport at any given time, it’s unsurprising that accidents can occur. Some of these incidents will result in injury.
If you’ve been injured at an airport either while travelling or as an airport employee, you may be able to claim airport injury compensation.
At Jefferies Solicitors, we have helped injured individuals claim the compensation they are entitled to for more than 25 years. Our expert solicitors know exactly how difficult dealing with an injury can be, especially when it wasn’t your fault.
Contact our specialist team today on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online to arrange a no-obligation confidential conversation about your accident.
Airport accident at work
A large number of people work at airports and in a range of different capacities.
All employers are legally obligated to provide their employees with a safe and healthy working environment. If they fail in this duty and you become injured at work as a result, you may be able to make an accident at work claim.
Whether you work as cabin crew, as a baggage handler, on behalf of an airline or in a restaurant or shop, our expert injury lawyers are ready to help you.
Baggage handler accident at work
Manual handling and lifting accidents make up a large portion of accidents within airports. Some of these accidents involve baggage handling staff who have an accident at work.
If you are a baggage handler at an airport, your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe while you are at work. They should ensure that:
- You have been provided with necessary safety equipment such as boots with toe protection and suitable grip for wearing on smooth and wet surfaces. Hi-visibility clothing and ear protection should also be provided in some cases, too.
- You have been given manual handling training so you know how to lift heavy luggage and other items properly
- Their employees have adequate rest periods
- You have been given training on the use of lifting aids or machinery
If your employer failed in its duty to carry out any of the above and you become injured, you may be able to make a claim.
Other types of airport accidents and injuries
Injuries caused by luggage and accidents involving the baggage carousel or trolleys
Injuries can sometimes be sustained by holidaymakers in incidents involving a baggage carousel or luggage trolley. If you have been hurt in a collision with a trolley or as a result of luggage falling off the carousel, you may be able to claim.
Airport vehicle (shuttlebus) accidents
Accidents may also involve shuttle buses or other modes of transport within the airport, such as trams or trains. You may have been injured in an incident on-board a shuttle bus ferrying passengers from the airport terminal to an aeroplane or while travelling within the airport using another method. In these instances, you may be able to claim compensation.
Falls, trips or slips at airports
While many people have a phobia of flying, you’re much more likely to be injured at the airport than you are to be involved in a major incident on a plane. Slips, trips or falls are some of the most common types of airport accident. Whether you’ve tripped over carelessly placed luggage or slipped on a spillage on the floor, if someone else was responsible for your accident and subsequent injury, you may be able to claim compensation.
Food poisoning and allergic reactions at an airport
If you consume uncooked, contaminated or poorly prepared food at a restaurant, cafe or another kind of eatery at an airport and you develop food poisoning, this can cause unpleasant, sometimes, long-lasting symptoms. To make a food poisoning claim, you must be able to prove that it was food from a specific establishment which caused your symptoms.
If you have suffered an allergic reaction from food that was inadequately labelled or served at a restaurant that didn’t provide you with sufficient information about allergens, you may also have a valid compensation claim.
In both cases, you must retain any receipts that prove when and where you bought the food you believe caused your allergy or food poisoning. You must also seek medical attention as soon as possible.
How much can I claim for an accident in an airport?
The amount of compensation you could claim will firstly depend on the nature and severity of your injury. Our compensation calculator will give you an indication of how much you might receive.
Secondly, any financial losses you have experienced as a result of your injury will be taken into account. For instance, if you have had to take time off work and have missed out on earnings as a result. You may also have had to pay for prescription costs or travel expenses. Your solicitor will help you to recover these costs as part of your claim.
Make an airport injury claim with Jefferies Solicitors
At Jefferies, our solicitors have helped injured individuals and their loved ones for more than 25 years. We appreciate how difficult it can be to deal with the effects of an injury, particularly one that has been caused by the actions or negligence of somebody else at an airport.
For an initial, no-obligation conversation about your potential claim, please get in touch with our team on 0800 342 3206 or get in touch online to request a call-back.