How Much Compensation for An Accident Causing An Injury At An Airport?
Airports can be extremely busy, with lots of hustle and bustle, and so it is of little surprise that accidents happen. If you have been injured at an airport, no matter whether you are an employee, passenger, visitor, or a contractor, you will be able to launch a compensation claim, so long as the incident was not your fault.
Select a section:
- A guide to airport accident claims.
- What is an airport accident claim?
- Airport injury statistics.
- What to do if you are involved in an accident at an airport causing an injury
- How to begin an airport accident claim.
- Airport accident at work claims.
- Airport slip trip fall claims.
- What can be claimed for after an airport accident causing an injury?
- The most common types of airport accidents.
- Top 20 UK airports.
- Top 10 shop/food outlets at the airport.
- I got food poisoning at the airport café can I sue?
- I got injured while working as a baggage handler at an airport can I claim compensation?
- Can I claim if I was injured in an airport outside of the UK?
- How much compensation will I get after an airport accident causing an injury?
- No Win No Fee airport injury claims.
- Why choose us as your claims service for an airport injury claim?
- Call for free advice and to start a claim.
Airport accidents can happen in many different ways. You may have fell or tripped due to a carelessly placed suitcase. You may have been injured while working at the airport due to
inadequate training. Or, perhaps you caught food poisoning as a result of eating at one of the food outlets in the departure lounge? Irrespective of what happened, if the accident was not your fault, you will be able to get compensation. This is something we can help you to secure. But, before you give us a call, read our airport accident guide below. You will find information on how to begin an airport accident claim, the most common types of airport accidents, and how much compensation you will get if you make a claim.
An airport accident claim is a claim for compensation for any type of accident that has happened at any airport. As mentioned above, there are many different kinds of accidents that can happen at an airport. What matters is that someone else acted carelessly or negligently, resulting in the incident that occurred. You certainly won’t be able to claim if you caused the accident.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) reports that there are 27,000 ramp incidents and accidents worldwide per year. This equates to one per every 1,000 departures. Roughly 243,000 people are injured per year in such incidents.
RIDDOR statistics from the UK government for 2013/14 (the most recent statistics at the time of writing) reveal that there are 94 major employee injuries per 100,000 employees in air transport. Most injuries happen as a consequence of lifting and handling (39 per cent), while slips and trips are also common (24 per cent). Other types of injuries include being struck by an object (13 per cent), being struck against (six per cent), a fall from a height (five per cent), and moving vehicle injuries (five per cent).
If you want to make a claim for an accident that has happened at an airport, it is important to take the necessary steps to gather evidence. This involves:
- Seeing a doctor – Of course, seeing a medical professional is vital for your health. It is also important with regards to making a claim. This is because the medical report that your doctor puts together will be used to determine how much compensation you receive.
- Taking photographs – If applicable, you should take photographs of the scene, as well as your injuries.
- Get witness contact information – Witness statements can really help to strengthen your case, which is why it is a good idea to get the contact details of anyone that saw the accident.
- Keep proof of expenses – If you have suffered an injury at airport, it is likely you will have encountered a number of costs as a result, from hospital parking tickets to loss of income and childcare expenses. You will be able to claim for all of these so long as you have proof.
Launching an airport accident claim is easy when you work with us. We have many years of experience in the industry and will handle everything for you. When you call us, we will provide a free consultancy session. This gives you the chance to ask any questions you have, and we will also ask questions too. This is merely so we can provide you with the best advice. We can also arrange a local medical for you, if required, and we will handle your case on a No Win No Fee basis. This means you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. You can find out more about this towards the end of the guide.
All employers have a duty to provide a safe and healthy working environment. Airports can be dangerous to work at, which is why there are stringent health and safety requirements in place. If your employer has failed to adhere to the regulations they are expected to, you will be able to make a claim. There are many ways your employer could be at fault. Examples include: failing to provide adequate training on safe lifting and manual handling practices, not allowing breaks throughout the day, and allowing you to use equipment when they knew it was defected. Call us today to make a claim.
Slips, trips, and falls are common at airports, and it is not difficult to see why. After all, airports are busy places, with thousands of people coming in and out of them every day. From carelessly placed luggage to spillages on the floor, there are many ways a slip, trip, or fall can happen. So long as you are not to blame for the incident, you will be able to claim.
If you want to launch a compensation case for an airport injury, you can claim for the following:
- General damages – This compensation is to cover the pain and suffering you have experienced.
- Loss of earnings – You can also claim for loss of future earnings too if you are expected to be off work.
- Medical expenses
- Travel expenses
- Care claim – If you have needed help around the house while you recover, the person who cared for you can file a care claim.
There are many different types of accidents that can happen at an airport. Here are some of the most common:
- Food poisoning from a food outlet or café at the airport.
- Transport accidents – such accidents can occur when disembarking or embarking an aircraft. This also refers to transport accidents between different terminal buildings or around the terminal.
- Manual handling injuries can happen when a baggage handler has not received the correct training on lifting heavy objects and manual handling.
- Accidents involving airport vehicles – this can include the incorrect training on using vehicles, which leads to accidents to pedestrians and passengers.
- Falls due to debris or wet surfaces – this is particularly common in areas of high footfall around the terminal.
- Falls and trips over suitcases – Suitcases can be left in places that are easy for people to trip over. If you tripped or fell and it was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim.
The top 20 airports in the UK are:
- London Luton
- London Stansted
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- Bristol International
- Glasgow International
- Birmingham International
- Leeds Bradford
- London City
- Liverpool John Lennon
- Belfast International
- East Midlands
- Aberdeen Dyce
- George Best Belfast City
- Cardiff International
If you were injured at one of the airports mentioned above, or any other airport in the UK, we will be able to launch an airport compensation claim for you. Contact us today for more information.
Some of the most popular food outlets and shops at airports in the UK are as follows:
- Burger King
- WH Smith
- Caffe Nero
- Frankie and Benny’s
If you have been injured while working or visiting one of the stores or food outlets mentioned above, we can help you to make a claim. We can also assist with claims against businesses that are not in the list.
If you have caught food poisoning after eating food at an airport café, you will be able to make a claim for compensation, so long as you can prove the café was at fault. Food poisoning cases aren’t always minor, with some people suffering severe effects as a consequence. We will ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation available for your case.
If you work as a baggage handler and you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. You simply need to prove that the accident was not your fault. As a baggage handler, there are a number of steps your employer should take to ensure that you are safe. This includes the following:
- Providing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- Providing suitable rest periods and drinks.
- Rotating tasks between employees.
- Providing suitable training in safe handling techniques.
- Training all people in using equipment associated with the tasks.
- Providing mechanical aids to help you move work equipment.
- Providing mechanical handling equipment to move bags into and out of the aircraft hold.
If your employer has failed to do any of the above, you will be entitled to compensation. We can ensure you get the amount you deserve. Call us today for more information.
If you were injured in an airport outside of the UK, you can make a claim. The process is slightly different, and can be more challenging in some cases, depending on what airport you were injured at. Nevertheless, we have many years of experience in such cases, and so there is nothing to worry about. We will handle everything for you, ensuring you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
Often, potential claimants want to know exactly how much compensation they will receive if they are to launch a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, it is impossible to provide a definitive answer to this question. No matter whether you use an online personal injury compensation calculator or you speak to an experienced solicitor, they will only ever be able to provide you with an estimate. This is because every case is different, and so many factors are considered when determining the right level of payout.
What we can do, however, is provide you with the typical payout amounts for injuries that are usually sustained in airport accidents. You will find this information in the table below. If you cannot find the injury that relates to your claim, don’t worry. All you need to do is give us a call and we will be more than happy to elaborate.
|Loss of anticipated earnings||£10,000 - £400,000||This payout is determined by considering your current level of pay and your future earning potential. In some cases, you could receive higher than the maximum stated.|
|Mental anguish||£3,550||Fear of death and expectation of end of life.|
|Pain and suffering||£1,000 - £200,000||The payout amount will be calculated based on the level of pain and suffering encountered.|
|Minor injuries - recovery within three months||£1,050 - £1,860|
|Minor injuries - recovery within 28 days||£525 - £1,050|
|Minor injuries - recovery within seven days||A few hundred pounds - £525|
|Neck injuries - severe||£34,575 - £112,750||Higher payouts are for neck injuries resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis or associated with incomplete paraplegia. At the lower end of the pay bracket are injuries causing dislocations, fractures, or severe soft tissue damage.|
|Neck injuries - moderate||£6,000 - £29,250||Higher payouts are for injuries such as dislocations or fractures that cause severe immediate symptoms. Lower payouts are for injuries that may have caused a pre-existing condition to get worse.|
|Neck injuries - minor||A few hundred pounds - £6,000||Payout is based on a number of different factors, including how severe the neck injury is, the consistency of symptoms and intensity of pain, the presence of additional symptoms, the impact of the injury on the persons everyday life, treatment required, and medication needed.|
|Back injuries - severe||£29,475 - £53,000||At the higher end of the bracket are severe cases involving nerve root damage and spinal cord damage. At the lower end of the payment bracket are cases of disc fractures or lesions.|
|Back injuries - moderate||A few hundred pounds - £29,475||Higher payouts are for cases where there is residual disability but it is of lesser severity. At the lower end of the spectrum are cases where a full recovery is made within three months. The level of payout will be based on a few factors, including the extent of treatment required, the impact of the symptoms on the persons everyday life, the degree of pain experienced, and the severity of the original injury.|
|Shoulder injuries - severe||£14,600 - £36,500||Such injuries tend to be associated with neck injuries and involve damage to the brachial plexus.|
|Shoulder injuries - serious||£9,700 - £14,600||This payout is for damage to the lower part of the brachial plexus, which causes pain in the neck and shoulder, and dislocation of the shoulder.|
|Shoulder injuries - moderate||£6,000 - £9,700||Frozen shoulder with discomfort and limitations of movement.|
|Shoulder injuries - minor||A few hundred pounds - £6,000||Recovery within three months will result in a payout between a few hundred pounds and £1,860. Recovery within a year results in a payout between £1,860 and £3,300. For recovery within two years, the payout will be between £3,300 and £6,000.|
When you work with us, you can have the peace of mind that all of your cases will be handled on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that you are only going to need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. This enables anyone to make a claim, irrespective of his or her current financial situation. If you were to go for an airport injury lawyer that charged per hour instead, not only would you need to cough up a large sum of money to start the service, but also there is always the risk that you could end up with no compensation yet a massive legal bill to pay. This is something you never have to worry about with our No Win No Fee approach.
This also gives you the peace of mind that we will never waste your time. A solicitor that charges per hour is not impacted by the outcome of your claim and, therefore, they may simply take on your case in order to take your money – even if they know you have very little chance of compensation. We have nothing to gain by doing this, and so you can be certain that we only take on claims that we believe have a genuine chance of being successful. If you are unsure regarding the eligibility of your claim, all you need to do is give us a call.
There are many reasons why you should choose us as your claims service for an airport injury claim. This includes the fact that we have many years of experience in the industry, an impressive track record, and we genuinely care about our clients. We feel that this is really what makes us different from the rest. We are dedicated to securing the maximum amount of compensation for all personal injury victims, and we always aim to do so in the most efficient manner. After all, we recognise that you are going through an incredibly difficult period at the moment, and the last thing we want to do is add to your stress. Instead, we want to secure the compensation you deserve while you focus solely on your recovery.
If you have been injured at an airport and it was not your fault, call us today to make a claim. You can reach a member of our experienced and friendly team on 0800 073 8804. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you have, no matter how big or small. We will explain the claim process in further detail and give you a realistic picture regarding the chances of your claim. If we believe that your case has a genuine chance of compensation, we will put you in touch with the best in-house No Win No Fee solicitor from our team based on the ins and outs of your claim.
This link takes you to the UK Government’s Health and Safety Executive website, where you will find information on air transport industry statistics.
This link takes you to the Citizens Advice website. You will find plenty of information on personal injuries and making a compensation claim.
This link provides plenty of useful information on baggage handling. It reveals the risks associated with this task and what you need to do to ensure safety.
If you want to make a complaint about air services, this link explains how to go about it. This includes information on complaints about travel agents or tour operators, as well as complaints about airports or airlines.
Take a look at our guide on how to claim compensation for delayed flights. This includes details on the implications of Brexit on flight delay claims, how to make a claim for a flight delay, claiming for cancelled flights, and much more.