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Edinburgh Airport Accident Claims Guide

When going on holiday, the general feeling is one of excitement. Some people get excited about vacations in the months and months building up to the day. Once you arrive at the airport, the adventure begins. While most people end up having the holiday of their dreams, there are some people that don’t even get to their destination. This is because they have been involved in an accident at the airport. Of course, this can be a nightmare situation for anyone, as not only could you end up missing out on the holiday that you have saved so hard for but you can also end up suffering an injury that has an impact on your life for a long time.

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Edinburgh airport

Whether your injuries are severe or only minor, it is important to get the compensation that you deserve should the accident that happened not be your fault. Here at Legal Expert, 0800 073 8804, we have lots of experience in the industry and we have helped many people to get the personal injury compensation that they deserve for the accident that they have been involved in.

You can give us a call today and speak to one of our advisors and they will give you a good understanding of the strength of your case. However, before you give us a call, it’s likely that you have a number of different questions going through your mind regarding the claims process and just how much compensation you might be entitled to. That’s why we have put this guide together, to reveal everything that you need to know if you have had an accident at an airport.

In this guide, we are going to look at claiming for an accident in Edinburgh Airport specifically. We have other guides on all of the other airports in the United Kingdom so please check them out if you have been injured elsewhere.

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What Is An Airport Accident?

A lot of people wonder what constitutes as an airport accident. It relates to any sort of accident that has happened at Edinburgh Airport, whether inside the airport, boarding a plane, or it could be that someone was injured when arriving at the airport in the car park. Edinburgh Airport is responsible for all of their grounds and ensuring that customers and workers are safe at all times. If they have failed to do this, and you have been injured as a consequence, then there is a very high chance that you are going to be entitled to compensation. At the end of the day, when it comes to a person that tries to make a personal injury claim, the main determining factor is responsibility. You need to show that someone else is responsible for what has happened to you. You certainly will not be able to make a claim if you have been injured and it was your own fault, for example, if you were sitting on the baggage carousel. If you were partly but not fully to blame for what happened, there was a chance that you will receive compensation, however, this is going to be a lower amount to reflect your involvement. The best thing to do is give us a call and we will advise a further on this.

UK Air Safety Statistics

The UK Government has released numerous reports regarding airport safety. Their most recent report runs from 2009/10 until 2013/14. It shows that the most common injuries, i.e. 39 per cent, are lifting and handling injuries. This is then followed by slips and trips (24 per cent). After this, we have injuries where people are struck by an object.

Common Hazards And Accidents At Airports

There are so many different accidents and injuries that can happen. Below, we look at some of the most common ways people are injured at an airport.

Slips, Trips, And Falls In Airports

Slips, trips, and falls can happen in so many ways at an airport. They could be caused by spills and wet floors, or whilst boarding an aircraft – though airlines might also be responsible here, depending on where it happened. If you are unsure whether the airport or the airline is to blame, don’t fret, as we can assist with this.

Edinburgh Airport Tram And Vehicle Accidents

People can also suffer an injury whilst using transport around the airport such as buses, trams, trains, and other vehicles, such as small electric vehicles in the terminals themselves. This could include hotel shuttles too. You could be injured because of a problem with the airport vehicle itself or because of careless driving. While these cases don’t happen a lot, there have been people that have suffered serious injuries in airport transport incidents.

Baggage Carousel And Luggage Trolley Accidents

Baggage can fall off a carousel and injure someone if it has not been loaded properly. The same can be said if it has not been put on a trolley properly. An electric fault with the carousel could also be very dangerous. It is important to stress here the need to establish responsibility. There are a lot of people, especially children, who have been injured on baggage carousels because they have sat on them when they should not have. You cannot claim for this because it is deemed your own fault.

Injuries Caused By Luggage Accidents

Not only can the baggage carousels cause accidents and injuries, but the baggage itself can too. If baggage has been carelessly placed in a dangerous place on the floor, someone could easily trip over it and hurt him or herself, even breaking a bone. We can help you to launch a successful claim for something like this.

Travelator And Escalator Accident Claims

Aside from the accidents and injuries that have already been mentioned, another way you could be injured at Edinburgh Airport is if there has been a problem with the lift, escalator, or travelator. There should be emergency buttons on these, so do press it if you ever experience any sort of trouble. These accidents are very rare, but they can happen.

Edinburgh Airport Shops And Eateries

There are plenty of places to shop and eat while at Edinburgh Airport. This includes the following…


  • Luggage Point
  • WHSmith
  • Tartan Weaving Mill
  • Accessorize
  • Aerospa
  • BOSS
  • Fat Face
  • Dixons Travel
  • Kurt Geiger
  • JD
  • MAC
  • Weekend Max Mara
  • Next
  • Michael Kors
  • Scottish Fine Gifts
  • Rolling Luggage
  • The Boy Wizard
  • Superdrug
  • WHSmith Bookshop
  • World Duty Free


  • Krispy Kreme
  • Eat
  • Costa
  • Caffe Nero
  • Starbucks
  • Wetherspoon
  • Bar Burrito
  • All Bar One
  • Brewdog
  • EAT
  • Flutes Tails
  • Pret A Manger
  • Gathering Deli Café & Takeaway
  • Wetherspoon
  • Yo!

Workplace Accident Claims Against Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh Airport employees a large number of people. There are people that work in the stores, restaurants, bars and such like. There are then baggage handlers, air traffic control, people working on the check-in desks, and so on! Because of this, there are so many different types of workplace risks. From slips, trips, and falls, to being injured because of unsafe manual handling, the scenarios vary. Some workers suffer injuries because the machinery they are using has not been maintained properly or they have not been provided with the correct Personal Protective Equipment. If any of this has happened to you, you should definitely make a claim for compensation to get the payout you deserve. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal accident that has occurred at Edinburgh Airport, you may be able to make a claim on his or her behalf. Please do not hesitate to give us a call to discuss this further.

Baggage Handler Manual Handling Injuries

When it comes to accidents that happen at airports throughout the country, not just in Edinburgh, there is no denying that manual handling claims are the most common in regards to workers making a claim. There are many different ways you could be injured while carrying out this job. For example, you might not have been given the correct training or you could have been refused a break. When it comes to this sort of airport injury, it is all about showing that your employer is to blame for not following health and safety protocol.

Can I Claim For Food Poisoning Or Food Allergies?

Another type of injury or illness that you can sustain at an airport is food poisoning. At Edinburgh Airport, there are a number of different food outlets and places where you can grab something to eat. All of these establishments have a legal right to ensure that they serve food that is safe and edible. If you have been served something that has caused you to fall ill, you will be able to get compensation. Food poisoning happens in many different ways. It can occur because the food has not been stored or prepared properly, for example, or it could be because the food has been left out too long or that it has been contaminated with another type of food that it should not have come in contact with. You may also be able to claim if you have had an allergic reaction while consuming food at the airport. By law, all companies must make consumers aware of allergens present in food. If they have not done this, and you have fallen ill, you can make a claim.

How To Begin Your Edinburgh Airport Accident Claim

Making a claim with Legal Expert is easy. All you need to do is give us a call and we will handle everything for you. We will provide a free consultation whereby we get to know what happened to you so that we can advise you in the best possible manner. The solicitor can also arrange a medical with a local doctor for you if needed, as it is in most cases.

There is one thing you can do in order to help your solicitor, though, and this involves gathering evidence to make your case as strong as possible. So, let’s take a look at some of the things you can gather to help your solicitor build a solid case:

  • Photographs – Photographs can really help to strengthen your case. You should take photos of your injuries if they are visible. Aside from this, it is a good idea to take photos of the scene, including any damage to the area of the airport you were hurt or the machine that has broken, for example.
  • Witness contact details – Did anyone witness that Edinburgh Airport accident? If so, get their contact information, i.e. their name, address, and telephone number. Witness statements are always one of the most valuable types of evidence.
  • Proof of expenses – You should hold onto any documents that will show the money you have lost because of your injuries. Everything from receipts to letters from your employer will prove valuable, as you are able to claim for the likes of prescription costs, loss of income, counselling expenses, travel expenses, and childcare costs.
  • Write down everything that occurred – It is always a good idea to make a note of the incident as soon as you get the chance. This will ensure vital details don’t slip your mind later on. After all, you never know what could prove to be pivotal in securing your compensation.

I Had An Accident At Edinburgh Airport, What Can I Claim Compensation For?

When making a claim for Edinburgh Airport compensation, the first thing that you will be compensated for is the injuries that you have suffered. You will receive money to help you find any treatment that you need for your injuries but now and in the future. To determine at the right level of compensation in this regard, the doctor’s report that was put together when you went to see your medical professional will be used. Not only will the treatment you need be considered, but the severity of your original injury will be taken into account, as well as the length of time that this injury is likely to impact you for.

In addition to this, it is also very important to know that you will be able to claim for out of pocket expenses for any costs that you have had to fund because of what has happened to you. There are many different costs that people can end up suffering if they have been in an accident. The most obvious is loss of income. If you have had to take time off work and you have not received full pay during this period, there was a very high chance that you will get compensated for the salary that you have missed. This is especially important for business owners and self-employed individuals. If you are expected to be off work for a considerable period of time in the future, you may also receive compensation for loss of anticipated earnings going forward. This amount will be calculated based on the amount of money you currently earn and your future earnings potential.

In addition to this, you can claim for any other sort of cost you had to endure. This could be anything from the cost of getting to and from the hospital every day, to the cost of having to pay someone to look after your children while you recover. It is important, though, to keep a hold of receipts and such like because they will really help when proving what has happened.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For My Airport Accident?

One thing you will be eager to know is what sort of amount of compensation you are going to get for your injuries if you do go ahead and make a claim. Unfortunately, it is impossible to give you a definitive answer regarding this. This is due to the fact that nobody knows how much compensation they will receive until they are officially awarded in. The best thing to do is to look at injuries that are similar to yours and see what sort of payouts they have resulted in in the past. That is why we have put together the table that you can see below. You may be thinking that you can find out your pay out because you have seen a personal injury claims calculator tool online. This is something that more and more companies are putting on their website today. However, they are very inaccurate and you should never pin your hopes on the figure that is presented to you.

Injury Payout
Minor injury, one week recovery A few hundred pounds to £600
Severe shoulder injuries £16,830 to £42,110
Minor injury, few weeks recovery £600 to £1,200
Minor injury, few months recovery £1,200 to £2,150
Serious Hand Injuries £25,430 to £54,280
Severe Leg Injuries £84,400 to £119,210

No Win No Fee Claims For Accidents At Edinburgh Airport

A great thing about our service is the fact that we operate on a strictly No Win, No Fee basis. The No Win, No Fee method is something that has been around in the UK for quite some time now. However, there was a lot of confusion about it. This is because there are a number of personal injury lawyers who say they offer a No Win, No Fee service, however, when it comes down to it, and the case is not a success, they still charge the client a fee. We promise that we will never do that here at Legal Expert.

When we promise No Win, No Fee, then at Legal Expert we really mean it. If, for some reason, we are unsuccessful in our mission to secure a payout for you, you won’t have to pay us anything. This not only ensures that you are never going to be out of pocket by making a personal injury claim, but it will give you the peace of mind that you have a solicitor working on your case that is going to be doing everything in his or her power to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. This is because the personal injury solicitor will be accountable for the outcome of the service that they provide.

To learn more about personal injury claims, please get in touch.

Why Claim Compensation With Our Team

There are many different legal firms in the UK today, and so you might be asking yourself why you should choose to use our service over everyone else’s. There is a quite an array of different reasons why this is the case. The first one is because we have a huge amount of experience in the industry. We have been providing personal injury victims with expert services for many years now. We have a great success rate and we always aim to secure the maximum possible payout. Aside from this, as he discovered above, we offer a great payment structure that makes sure you are financially protected when making a case. Finally, one thing that a lot of our clients have commented on is the fact that we genuinely care about our clients and the outcomes of their case. We know that you are likely to be going through an incredibly difficult time at the moment and the last thing we want to do is make this worse for you. We aim to get you Edinburgh Airport personal injury compensation in the quickest and most efficient manner. We leave you to recover and focus on your injuries while we make sure that you get the payout you deserve.

How To Contact Legal Expert

You can reach us on 0800 073 8804. Please do not hesitate to give us a call today if you have been involved in an accident at Edinburgh Airport and it was not your fault. We will happily answer any queries or concerns you have. You can also give us a call if you are ready to start the claims process. We will ensure there is an expert solicitor from our team working on your case so that there is the best chance that you will get the maximum payout available. There are some other ways to contact with us too if you’d prefer them. You can send us an email, use the live chat function, or you can enter your details and we’ll call you back.

Additional Resources

Airport Incident Claims – Airport incidents can vary, and this guide takes you through what you’d likely need to know about them.

Edinburgh Airport – The airport’s official site.

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      Patrick is a Grade A solicitor having qualified in 2005. He's an an expert in accident at work and public liability claims and is currently our head of the EL/PL department. Get in touch today for free to see how we can help you.

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