When we go to the airport, we don’t expect to become injured catching our flights. In reality, airport accidents are more common than you may think. With thousands of people rushing to get to their destinations and all of the different amenities included in an airport, a lot can go wrong if not properly maintained.
What Are The Most Common Airport Accidents?
- An injury at baggage claim
- Slip and falls resulting from wet floors, restaurant spills, etc.
- On trams, escalators, and other transportation systems
- Airport construction and remodeling projects
- Curbside accidents: shuttles, taxis, etc.
- Parking lot accidents: poor lighting, potholes, etc.
If you are injured by an escalator or elevator, you may be able to file a claim for product liability. If you are injured due to the negligence of the airport owners or maintenance, you likely have a premises liability case. Either way, it is important to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney so that you can receive the compensation you deserve.
What Should I do if I am Injured?
In the event of an injury, you should make sure to call 911. This will allow you to receive the medical treatment you need, while simultaneously documenting the accident. Additionally, you should gather proof of negligence. This may include taking photos/videos of the hazardous materials that caused your accident and gathering the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been seriously injured, it can be difficult to begin the legal process, but it is important to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you do not file your claim within two years, you may lose your chance to recover compensation. If the airport is considered to be government property, you will have to file a Notice of Claim, notifying the airport that you plan to sue for your injury. A Notice of Claim must be filed early on. Don’t wait to begin the legal process.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an airport accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.