This holiday season, you may find yourself rushing through an airport to catch a flight. On your way to your gate, you slip and fall on a puddle of water that has been spilled in the airport shuffle. In a case like this, you can become seriously injured. But, who is responsible for your injury? What should you do next? Read on to learn more about airport accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.
Common Airport Accidents:
Because airports are so crowded and multi-faceted, there are a lot of different ways for an injury to occur. Some common injuries include:
- 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.
In an airport accident, you may be able to file a premises liability claim or a product liability claim. A premises liability claim may be filed if you are injured due to some form of negligence by the airport owners, staff, or businesses within the airport. For example, a slip and fall, a construction accident, or a parking lot accident. A product liability claim may be filed if you are injured by an elevator, escalator, or other product with some defect. It can be difficult to determine which party should be held responsible, so you will need to contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
How do I Recover Compensation?
- Call 911: If you are injured, you will want to seek medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with medical documentation.
- Gather evidence: Take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your injury. You may also want to collect the contact information of anyone who witnessed your injury. A personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof, such as security footage.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
What is the Statute of Limitations?
In the state of Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years. This means that if you do not file your claim within three years from the date of the accident, you may lose your opportunity to recover compensation. Additionally, if the airport is considered to be government property, you will have to file a Notice of Claim, letting the airport know that you plan to take legal action. This must be filed very early on, so it is important to be aware of important deadlines and ensure that you do not miss them.
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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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact Ruben Law Firm today.