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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation From A Personal Injury At Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport

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For many of us, our holiday starts the moment we arrive at the airport. With many food, drink and shopping outlets we can begin to relax before boarding the plane for a holiday, or indeed for work. Unfortunately, holidays can be cut short at the airport when individuals sustain an injury, and this is more common than you may think. If you have been the victim of an injury or illness sustained whilst on your holidays at Gran Canaria Airport then you can make a claim for damages to compensate you for the personal injury that you have suffered. Please speak to Legal Expert today. One of our friendly advisors will be able to explain more about the claims process and talk through the details of your case with you. You can contact us on 0800 073 8804 or reach us via our website. But, please read on to find out more about making a personal injury claim following an accident at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport.

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A Guide To Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport Accident Claims

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport usually is a busy place year-round with millions of travellers visiting the island. Located in the beautiful Canary Islands and enjoying year-round sunshine, there is a constant hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, even in a place as lovely as this, accidents can and do happen. There are a number of ways in which travellers can become injured whilst at the airport. Slips and falls are one of the most common ways in which people can get hurt. With luggage being pulled behind people or left in walkways, the potential for tripping is high. Injuries following a slip trip or fall can be serious and include sprains and even fractures. This is a very bad start or end to your holiday. Another potential cause for injury whilst at the airport is food poisoning. You may fall victim to bad food or drink whilst enjoying a snack prior to boarding your plane. Accidents involving the baggage carousel at luggage reclaim are also common. In addition, you also run the risk of being harmed by one of the many modes of airport transport. You may be involved in an accident whilst using transport to move around the airport or may experience a collision whilst walking to your destination. This guide will explain the types of injuries you may be unlucky enough to suffer and will explain what to do about it if you are injured. Please read on to find out more and if you think you may have a claim, contact Legal Expert today.

What Is A Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport Accident?

An accident in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria airport is an incident that has occurred which was not your fault and can be attributed to the negligence of another individual or organisation. As long as the incident occurred on the property of the airport then any accident in Gran Canaria Airport may make you eligible for a personal injury claim.

If you experienced injury or illness as a result of something that happened in the airport and you are making the claim within the 3 year personal injury claims time limit (if applicable – there are exceptions that you might want to speak to us about – we can ascertain whether these would apply to your claim) then you should contact a personal injury lawyer to find out what to do following your accident. A Legal Expert advisor will be able to advise you accordingly and help you through the process of making a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport compensation claim.

Gran Canaria Airport Safety Information

Gran Canaria is part of the Canary Islands and is located in the Atlantic Ocean. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a relatively busy airport, receiving 118,554 flights in 2017 and handling over 13 million passengers in the same year. It is the busiest airport in the Canary Islands and the 5th busiest in Spain overall. The airport opened in 1973 but has since been extended due to the volume of traffic passing through it. Many European and African Airlines use Gran Canaria airport as a base.

Whilst serious accidents in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are uncommon, they do occur on occasion. More commonly, minor incidents occur such as slips, trips and falls, which may still lead to serious illness or injury. The most serious incident in the history of Gran Canaria Airport occurred in 1977 when a terrorist attack occurred on the terminal concourse. The building was evacuated but 8 people were injured. Aeroplanes were redirected to Tenerife. Sadly, this redirection of traffic was later blamed for a fatal accident that became known as the worst aviation accident that it ever happened. Two Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway causing the death of 583 people. Many aviation lessons were learnt following the Tenerife airport disaster.

What Type Of Accident Could Happen At Gran Canaria Airport?

Gran Canaria airport has lots of traffic moving through it, and in a busy environment such as this, it is not uncommon to become injured at the airport. Both visitors and workers alike are at risk of having an accident in Las Palmas to Gran Canaria Airport. Lifting and handling incidents and slips and falls are the most common complaints. Unfortunately having an accident at the airport can mean that your holiday is spoilt before it has even really begun.

Fall/ Slip & Trip Accidents At Gran Canaria Airport

Slips, trips and falls are all too common at an airport. With many people hurrying around, pulling luggage behind them, the risk of falling over an obstacle is high. Wet surfaces in areas that have just been cleaned or where liquids have been spilt also present a hazard, particularly where a warning sign has not been erected. You may even experience a fall in the airport car park or surrounding area, perhaps due to a pothole. As long as the area in which you are injured is the property of the airport then you may be able to make an airport slip and fall accident claim as it is the airport’s responsibility to maintain a safe environment for visitors and staff. Depending on where your accident takes place, responsibility may lie with the airport or the airline. For example, if you were harmed boarding a plane then the negligence is attributable to the airline rather than the airport company. This may sound complex but a personal injury solicitor at Legal Expert will be able to advise you on the details.

Ground Vehicle And Airport Shuttle Crashes

A number of different vehicles are used in an airport to shuttle both people and luggage to and from their destinations. These include buses, monorails, electric vehicles to transport those less able to walk, baggage lorries and trains to name a few. If you have been hurt whilst using transport, for example in an airport shuttle crash, or have perhaps been injured by a vehicle that has collided with you then you may be eligible to make a claim.

Baggage Belt And Carousel Accidents

Although there are warnings in the luggage carousel area of the airport about the potential dangers of the baggage belt, accidents still happen. In particular baggage carousels can cause child injuries at the airport. Accidents may occur as a result of trapped fingers in the belt, improperly stored luggage which has fallen off and injured an individual or accidents caused by individuals who chose to sit on the belt whilst waiting for luggage and are then injured as it begins to move. It is worth noting that if you are injured due to your own negligent behaviour then you will not be eligible to make a claim for that airport injury. If however, you can prove that the airport’s negligence caused your injury or illness then you are much more likely to be eligible to receive compensation.

Other Luggage Accidents And Injuries

With luggage large and small being carried, pulled and dragged around an airport, accidents are almost inevitable. Although long handled suitcases are convenient and easy to manoeuvre, they increase the potential of another individual having an accident by tripping over them, particularly in crowded areas. Luggage that is left unattended in walkways also causes a hazard that can potentially lead to some nasty injuries. Unfortunately, an injury incurred at an airport can result in a ruined holiday and a trip to the hospital. If you have been involved in a Gran Canaria Airport accident then we advise that you speak to our team at Legal Expert. They will be able to advise you whether or not you may have a claim.

Injuries On Stairs, Lifts, Escalators Or Travelators

Whilst lifts, escalators and travelators are usually well maintained and safe, accidents can occur that can result in a claim. Sadly, if you are injured on an escalator or lift the results are often very serious, causing nasty injuries. If you have been involved in this type of accident then you may be eligible to make a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport personal injury claim.

Shops, Restaurants And Other Passenger Facilities At Gran Canaria Airport

There is a selection of shops and restaurants at Gran Canaria Airport, including the VIP Galdos lounge. You can also shop for beauty products, clothes and accessories, duty-free, jewellery, pharmacy items, children’s products, electricals, magazines and so on. This leisure time prior to a flight can be very enjoyable as you browse the duty-free items in the airport. However, if you become injured during this time, on the premises of one of the restaurants or shops then don’t forget, you can speak to an airport injury lawyer and begin to seek compensation.

Food Poisoning, Illness And Food Allergy Claims

Many of us use the time prior to boarding a plane to enjoy drinks or food in the Gran Canaria Airport terminal. Unfortunately, airport food poisoning is one of the most common ways in which you can sustain an injury or illness whilst travelling. Food poisoning usually occurs when food has been improperly stored, has not been cooked to a high enough temperature, where cross-contamination has occurred or where food has been consumed beyond its use-by date. If for example, raw meat has come into contact with cooked meat then serious illness can occur. If your food poisoning symptoms began after you had eaten in an airport restaurant or cafe then you may be able to make a compensation claim. A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you prove that the food consumed in the airport was the cause of your symptoms. Food poisoning symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and dehydration. Even minor food poisoning symptoms can be enough to spoil a holiday and make your plane journey most uncomfortable.

You may also become ill in an airport restaurant or cafe if you have an allergic reaction to an ingredient in the food. By law, food outlets should indicate when a food contains certain allergens. This should either be present on the food packaging or on clear signage. If the food outlet failed to indicate that an allergen may be present and you suffered an allergic reaction as a result then you can make a claim. Allergic reactions can be relatively minor or indeed life-threatening.

How To Begin Your Gran Canaria Airport Accident Personal Injury Claim

If you think you may be eligible to make a Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport compensation claim then there are a few things you can do to ensure your claim is successful. This involves the gathering of evidence that will help your personal injury solicitor to build a case. First of all, you should ensure that you see a medical professional so that you have a record of your injuries, this also ensures that you receive the medical treatment that you need to minimise the impact of your injury. Be sure to bring a copy of this medical record back to the UK. You should also try to take photographs of the area where you were injured. This will help your solicitor to look for clues that the airport was liable for your injuries. Likewise, it is helpful to get the details of any witnesses to the incident as your solicitor may wish to call on them at a later date. Finally, speak to the professionals who know all about claims, such as Legal Expert, as soon as possible after the event. Retelling the details whilst they are fresh in your mind will help your case.

What Damages Could You Claim Compensation For?

There are a number of things you may be able to make a claim for as part of your personal injury case. These are as follows:

  • General damages. General damages payments cover the pain and suffering that you have experienced. In general, the more serious your injury and the more long-lasting the impact, the higher the payment will be.
  • Medical expenses. If you have incurred out of pocket expenses when seeking medical attention then you may be able to claim back these costs. It is essential that you keep any receipts to prove that you have paid these expenses.
  • Travel expenses. If you required transport such as a taxi to travel to an appointment directly connected to your injury then you may be able to claim this back. Examples of eligible travel expenses include journeys to see a medical professional or to attend a rehabilitation appointment.
  • Loss of earnings. In some cases, your injuries will be so severe that you are unable to work for some time. In this case, you may be able to claim back the salary that you have missed out on as a result of your injuries. In cases where the injuries are very serious and you are unlikely to be able to return to work, you may even be able to claim for loss of future earnings.
  • Care costs. In some cases, you may be unable to take care of yourself as a result of your injuries. In this case, you may be able to claim back the care costs on behalf of the person who has been looking after you.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport Accident Personal Injury Claims Calculator

Although there is no substitute for seeking the advice of a personal injury solicitor who will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of compensation payout depending on your individual circumstances, a personal injury claim calculator can give you a rough idea of the figure you may be able to expect based on your injury.

Severe neck injury£39,870 to £130,060Including fractures, damaged discs and permanent disability.
Moderate neck injury£6,920 to £33,750Including dislocations, injured tendons and fractures.
Severe back injury£34,000 to £141,150Including spinal disc fractures and soft tissue damage
Moderate back injury£10,970 to £34,000Ongoing discomfort and pain.
Moderate leg injury£24,340 to £34,370Knee damage, muscle wastage and reduced joint mobility.
Severe leg injury£34,370 to £48,080Severe bone fractures and soft tissue damage
Moderate leg injury£15,750 to £24,340Fractures without permanent damage
Severe knee injury£53,000 to £73,125Ongoing problems with the knee and development of osteoarthritis
Severe knee injury£39,625 to £53,000Serious fractures
Mild foot injuryup to £12,050Temporary pain and damage
Moderate foot injury£12,050 to £21,910Permanent or temporary loss of normal function.
Severe foot injury£148,540 to £176,660Including the complete amputation of both feet
minor wrist or arm fracture£2,900 to £3,700An injury that will resolve
major wrist or arm fracturemaximum of £51,000Ongoing pain and loss of function
Severe illness without trauma£33,700 to £46,040food poisoning causing vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea.
Moderate illness without trauma£3,460 to £8,360Short but uncomfortable food poisoning symptoms.

No Win No Fee Gran Canaria Airport Accident Personal Injury Claims

All of our personal injury claims cases are carried out on a no win, no fee basis. This means that our clients are never asked for any money upfront when bringing a personal injury claim. If your case is successful then the applicable legal fees will be taken from your final payout meaning that you have no financial burden initially when deciding to bring your case. As a result, personal injury claims can be brought by any individual, no matter what your financial circumstances are. If for any reason you are unsuccessful in your claim then you won’t be asked to pay any money at all. As a result, you can feel confident that if we take on your case we feel that you have an excellent chance of winning.

How Our Airport Accident Solicitors Can Help You

If you have been the victim of personal injury at an airport then you may feel unsure how to proceed. The wealth of personal injury solicitors can be confusing and you may be unsure where to turn for help. This is where Legal Expert can assist you. We believe that we are head and shoulders above our competitors, thanks to the many years of experience and high level of expertise that we possess. Furthermore, our ethos is to truly look after our clients who are going through a traumatic time both physically and emotionally following an accident. Our aim is to make the claims process as straightforward and stress-free as we can for our clients. That is why our phones are manned at all times to listen to client queries and concerns whenever they occur.

To Contact Our Team

We are ready and waiting to hear from you. When you have decided to make your claim, or if you’d like some further information, call us on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you are welcome to email us or get in touch via our contact form and we will get back to you at a time that is convenient.

Additional Resources And Guides

Did your accident happen in-flight? – More relevant information can be seen here.

Were you on a package tour? – If so, then this might help.

Government aviation stats – Information on statistics to do with aviation.

HSE Air transport information – A page from the HSE about this type of transport.

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