Slip and Fall at Airport
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common type of accident and can happen anywhere — including airports. Airports are chaotic, crowded places full of safety hazards that could cause a slip and fall accident. You may have observed some of these common causes of airport slip and fall accidents:
- Defective equipment
- Electrical cords
- Freshly washed floors
- Missing handrails in areas with stairs, sloping floors, or walkways.
- Poor lighting in parking garages or stairwells
- Snow and ice on sidewalks in passenger departure and arrival areas
- Spilled food or drink.
- Uneven surfaces such as sidewalks, pavement, loose tiles or rugs, and broken stairs
- Wet entranceways on rainy days
These safety hazards can exist because of poor housekeeping procedures, inadequate maintenance, a lack of funds to remedy problems, and any combination thereof. Regardless of the reason, an airport slip and fall can result in serious injuries to the head, neck, back, or spinal cord. Broken bones are another common injury from slip and falls. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop into major ones, which is why you should always seek medical care after a slip and fall accident.
Liability for a Slip and Fall at the Airport
After being injured in a slip and fall at the airport, you may want to seek compensation from the negligent party for medical care, income if you are unable to return to work, and other expenses resulting from the accident. But who is liable for your injuries?
Airport slip and fall cases are complex. Liability depends on several factors. Responsibility for your accident may lie with the owner of the restaurant, shop, or kiosk where you slipped and fell; the airport authority; the owner of a private airport; or an individual whose carelessness caused your accident. Maintenance contractors and construction companies could also be involved in certain cases.
Airport authorities are usually government agencies. For example, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey oversees JFK International and LaGuardia airports. Different laws and shorter deadlines apply to lawsuits against government agencies so contact an experienced attorney right away about your airport slip and fall so that you do not miss the deadlines for filing a claim for negligence.
More Reasons to Hire a Lawyer
Working with an experienced lawyer gives you a better chance of recovering compensation versus trying to file a claim on your own. Besides navigating the difficulties establishing liability and the complex laws pertaining to different parties, your lawyer should know how to calculate damages in a reasonable way that encourages a favorable settlement for you. A good lawyer can skillfully negotiate a settlement to save you the time and cost of a trial. However, if the other party decides not to settle, an experienced slip and fall lawyer will not be afraid to go to trial to get you compensation for your injuries.
New Jersey Slip and Fall Lawyers at The Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Advocate for Those Injured in Airport Accidents
Liability in an airport slip and fall is complicated, but our experienced New Jersey slip and fall lawyers at The Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr are here to help you pursue compensation from the parties whose negligence caused your injuries. Contact us today at 877-249-4600 to schedule a free consultation about your case. You can also complete our online form. From our offices in Highland Park, New Jersey, we proudly represent clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.