If you have loved ones that live a plane ride away, you’re no stranger to airports. This holiday season, many people will be flying to visit family. As a result, a lot of airport injuries may occur. Not many people consider the dangers of airports themselves, but in reality, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Read on to learn more about airport accidents in New York City and what to do in the event of an injury.
How do Airport Accidents Occur?
Airports have many facets that must be properly maintained. If something is overlooked, serious injury can occur. Below are some of the most common airport accidents:
- Slip and falls: you may encounter a spilled beverage or a wet bathroom floor
- Airport construction, renovations, and debris
- Faulty elevators and escalators
- Poorly maintained parking lots: potholes, insufficient lighting and security
- Curbside accidents
What do I do if I am Injured?
If you are injured in an airport, you should seek medical attention. Calling 911 in the event of a serious injury will allow you to get your injuries treated while simultaneously documenting your injury. Additionally, you will need to collect proof. In a personal injury case, you will have to prove that some sort of negligence caused your accident. You can do this by taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident and gathering the contact information of any witnesses. Additionally, it can be difficult to determine which party is at fault. Do you take legal action against the airport? A business within the airport? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you determine which party to hold responsible.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action for your injury and receive compensation, you will need to file your personal injury claim by a certain deadline. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. Generally, in New York, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is three years. This means if you do not file within three years of your accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to receive compensation. Additionally, most airports are government property. This means you will need to file a Notice of Claim. This will let the airport know you intend to take legal action. This is typically filed very early on. To ensure that you don’t miss any important deadlines and lose your chance at recovering compensation, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one is injured in an airport, reach out to a skilled New York City personal injury attorney.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. We understand the implications of a serious accident, which is why we take pride in tenaciously representing our clients. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.