Sumburgh Airport Accident Claims Guide
There have been a number of accidents and incidents at Sumburgh Airport over the years. In 2013, a helicopter crashed around two miles west of the airport.
The helicopter was carrying two crew members and 16 passengers. Sadly, four people lost their lives. There was also an incident in 2006 whereby one pilot was suspended for failing to respond properly to terrain warnings while approaching Sumburgh Airport from Aberdeen.
Thankfully, the aircraft landed safely and no one was hurt. Of course, not all accidents involving airports happen in planes, though. There are many different ways you could be injured in the airport itself, which is what this guide focuses on.
So, with that being said, please continue reading if you or someone you love has been involved in an accident at Sumburgh Airport. Here at Legal Expert, we have years of experience in the industry and we have helped many people to get the compensation that they deserve.
Please continue reading to find out everything you need to know about making such a claim. Or, call 0800 073 8804 if you want to start right away.
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- What Is A Sumburgh Airport Accident?
- Sumburgh Airport Incident
- What Accidents Could Happen At An Airport?
- Claims For Injuries That Could Be Caused By A Slip And Fall At An Airport
- Airport Vehicle And Shuttle Bus Accident Claims
- Injuries That Could Be Caused By Baggage Trolleys And Carousels
- Suitcase And Luggage Accident Claims
- Escalator, Stair And Lift Accident Claims
- Passenger Facilities At Sumburgh Airport
- I Was Injured By A Sumburgh Airport Work Accident, Can I Claim?
- Sumburgh Airport Baggage Handler Accident Claims
- Airport Food Allergy And Food Poisoning Claims
- How To Begin A Sumburgh Airport Personal Injury Claim
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A Sumburgh Airport accident relates to any type of accident or injury that has happened at this airport. This could be inside of the terminal, or outside, so long as it was on airport grounds. One of the most difficult things for people is determining whether they have a case or not. In general, you need to prove the following three statements to be true…
- The injury was not your fault. It happened because of someone else’s error or negligence.
- The accident happened within the personal injury claims time limit, which is typically three years (may vary)
- You saw a medical professional as a consequence of your injuries (not always necessary call for more advice)
If those three statements apply to your case then you can deduce that you have a very good chance of getting compensation.
As mentioned in the introduction, there have been a number of accidents and incidents involving Sumburgh international airport, with the Sumburgh Airport Dan Air crash being one of the most well-known. There are not any statistics regarding accidents that have happened in the airport. Although, the UK Government has revealed that amongst workers, lifting and handling injuries are the most common in airports around the country.
There are many different types of accidents and injuries that can happen at an airport. As already mentioned, you will be able to make a personal injury claim if you have been injured while travelling via the airport, working at the airport, or even if you have been injured while you were waiting to pick someone up from the airport. In the next few sections, we are going to take a look at some of the most common accidents and injuries that are sustained at an airport in further detail. It is important to note that this is not an inclusive list. There are many different scenarios that could happen and the examples that we are going to take a look at are simply a number of the most common ones.
One of the most common types of personal injury claims is a slip, trip, and fall claim. There are many different ways that someone could experience a slip and fall at an airport. For example, you may have tripped outside while walking to the airport building because of a pothole in the ground. Or, you may have slipped inside of the airport because of a wet floor that was not correctly marked. You may have also injured yourself in this manner while boarding the plane. However, it is worth noting that in such incidents you may be making your claim against the airline rather than the airport. This is not something you need to worry about though, as we will be able to advise you further.
You can also make a claim if you have been injured due to an airport vehicle. There are many different types of vehicles that are used around the airport. This includes airport shuttle buses, electrical vehicles inside the terminal, and much more. If you have been involved in any type of accident with one of these vehicles, you may be entitled to compensation.
There are also accidents and injuries caused by baggage trolley and baggage carousel accidents. How can people be hurt by them? Well, if not handled correctly, baggage can fall off and injure people. One thing that does need to be pointed out here is that you will not be able to claim if you have been injured because you have been using the luggage carousel in a manner you should not have been. There have been a number of children that have been injured because they have tried to sit or stand on the carousel while moving. In such incidents, compensation would not be awarded because the individual in question has been using the luggage carousel in a manner they shouldn’t.
Other injuries involving suitcases and baggage occur when someone has left their luggage in a careless spot, causing you to fall and hurt yourself. You may be able claim for this.
You can also make a claim if you have been injured because of a problem with one of the lifts or escalators at the airport. While these cases are very rare, they do happen and they can be frightening and the injuries can be severe. All lifts and escalators do come with an emergency button on them so if anything goes wrong it is important to press this button to get the help that you need.
There is a cafe, Caffe Volare, based at this airport, serving drinks, snacks, and light meals. There is also a shop here too.
Are you currently thinking about making a workplace accident claim? In order for this claim to be a success, you need to be able to prove that your employer acted negligently or made an error and this must have resulted in your injuries. You can make a claim no matter whether you are employed by the airport directly or one of the companies housed there.
Your employer is required by law to ensure the working environment is a safe one. This involves the following…
What your employer has to provide at no cost to you…
- Regular safety checks
- Health checks if the working environment can result in ill health
- Protective equipment if necessary
- Training to ensure you do your job safely
What your employer has to inform you of…
- What you should do in an emergency
- How to get first-aid treatment
- What steps are in place to ensure your health and safety is protected
- How to do your job safely and avoid certain injuries, such as repetitive strain injury
- Any potential changes that could impact your health
- Any risks and hazards in the working environment
If your employer has failed to do any of the points above and you feel it has resulted in your injury, you should definitely proceed with making an accident claim. For example, if you have been diagnosed with hearing loss and you feel your employer has failed to provide you with the vital protective equipment, you certainly have the basis for a successful claim.
As mentioned in the previous section, you will be able to make a claim if you have been injured in the workplace as a result of the company/employer or a colleagues negligence. Considering that manual and lifting injuries are the most common amongst airport workers in the United Kingdom, we thought it would be a good idea to look at baggage handling claims in further detail. There are many different ways that a worker could be injured when it comes to baggage handling. It could be that you asked for a break and your employer refused to give you one or it could be that you were not provided with the correct machinery that was necessary for the job you were carrying out. Or, perhaps that machinery has not been maintained correctly? No matter what has happened, if you have been injured and you believe that your employer is to blame, we can help you to build a strong case.
While this may be a small airport, there is still a place to grab a bite to eat and something to drink. If you have done this and you have been sick afterwards because the food has not been cooked, prepared, or stored properly, then you may be entitled to compensation. In most cases involving Airport food poisoning, symptoms only tend to last for a few days. However, if you are travelling, then a few days is a luxury you do not have and suffering from food poisoning can completely ruin your plans. This is something that you will be compensated for when you are making a claim.
It is also worth noting that you will be able to make a claim if you have suffered an allergic reaction because of the food you consumed and you do not believe that it was your fault. In the UK, the law states that all food outlets and establishments selling food must display allergen information on the packaging of the food sold. If the food is not sold in packaging, there is greater flexibility with regards to how this information is given out. However, no matter whether the waiter or waitress informs you or the information is printed on the menu, it is still imperative that you are made aware of any of the 14 main allergens that are present within the food. If this has not been the case and you have had an allergic reaction, then you will have grounds to make a Sumburgh Airport compensation claim. Sadly, there have been a number of cases about this in the news lately, a girl who lost her life through unknowingly eating food with something she was allergic to inside.
This is the easy part. All you have to do is give Legal Expert a call on our legal helpline. We will put you in touch with one of our specialist No Win, No Fee solicitors and they will take care of everything for you. Of course, there are some steps you can take to gather evidence and make your case more solid. This includes:
- Getting witness contact information
- Seeing a doctor
- Taking photos of the scene
- Keeping proof of all expenses
- Writing down everything that happened
- Reporting the accident
Compensation is split into two parts. You have general damages and special damages. The former relates to the money you will receive for your suffering – i.e. the severity of your injury and how it has impacted your life. Special damages are essentially out of pocket expenses. This relates to anything from loss of income, to medical costs, to childcare expenses, to travel fees and such like. You will be compensated for these as well.
One thing that everybody wants to know when it comes to making a compensation case is how much money they will get if they proceed. Unfortunately, it is not possible to give you a 100% accurate figure regarding the level of compensation that you are going to get. This is because all cases are different and are handled as such. Therefore, your case will be assessed on an individual basis to determine the right payout. However, this does not mean that you cannot get an understanding of the amount of compensation that you will get.
The best thing to do is to take a look at the cases that have gone before yours and see the amount of compensation that people have been awarded for accidents and injuries that are similar to your own. This is the information that we have provided in the table below. However, if you cannot see the injury that you have sustained, please do not panic. All you need to do is give us a call and we would be more than happy to explain in further detail about how much compensation you might get.
|Toe injury||Moderate to severe||Up to £49,180||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to complete loss of all toes, mobility and effect on overall foot will be taken into consideration.|
|Ankle injury||Minor to severe||Up to £61,110||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from tissue damage (bruising, scrapes, burns, cuts, etc.) through sprains, damage to the muscles and also fractures, to some level of loss of function of the ankle, transmalleolar fracture with possible future amputation.|
|Foot injury||Minor to very severe||Up to £96,150||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from lacerations, bruises and other soft tissue injuries, through broken bones, nerve or muscles damage, to paralysis or loss of the foot or to a below-knee amputation because of the loss of the ankle joint.
|Leg injury||Minor to severe||Up to £120,530||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from general tissue damage such as burns, scrapes and cuts, through muscle or nerve damage, fractures either simple or compound, to loss of function or complete amputation of the leg fully above the knee with consideration for the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the remaining joints of both lower limbs or in the hips and spine.|
|Hand injury||Minor to serious||Up to £96,150||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from lacerations, bruises and other soft tissue injuries, through broken bones, nerve or muscles damage, to paralysis or total loss of the dominant hand.|
|Wrist injury||Minor to severe||Up to £52,490||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from tissue damage (bruising, scrapes, burns, cuts, etc.) through sprains, damage to the muscles and also fractures, to some level of loss of function of the wrist to fractures where an arthrodesis has been performed.
|Arm injury||Moderate to severe||Up to £120,270||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from general tissue damage such as burns, scrapes and cuts, through muscle or nerve damage, fractures either simple or compound, to loss of function or complete amputation of the arm fully (at the shoulder).|
|Finger injury||Minor to severe||Up to £32,210||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to severe fracture, partial amputation, impairment of grip and reduced function, complete loss of one or more of the fingers.|
|Thumb injury||Minor to severe||Up to £48,080||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to complete loss of one or both thumbs.|
|Back injury||Minor to severe||Up to £141,150||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue of the back such as lacerations, burns, scrapes, etc. through damage to the vertebrae, muscle damage or sprains, to either complete or partial paralysis, possible combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.|
|Neck injury||Minor to severe||Up to £130,060||Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue of the neck such as lacerations, burns, scrapes, etc. through damage to the vertebrae, muscle damage or sprains, to either complete or partial paralysis, or incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.|
|Food Illness||Severe Toxicosis||£33,700 to £46,060||Causing serious acute pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, requiring hospital admission, severe impact on life and work.|
|Food Poisoning||Minor||£800 to £3,460||Diarrhoea, stomach cramps clearing in a few days or weeks.|
When you work with Legal Expert, you can be certain that your claim will be handled on a No Win, No Fee basis. All of our personal injury solicitors agree to work to this payment scheme. For those who are unaware, this means that you will only need to pay legal fees if your case is a success. If we are unable to secure compensation for you, which does not happen very often, then you will not have to pay anything. This can give you complete peace of mind when making a claim for compensation. After all, there are a lot of people who do not claim at all because they are worried that they will end up losing their money and they will be out of pocket in the end. This is something that you never have to worry about when you choose our service. Not only this, but also this payment option means that the personal injury lawyer working on your case is going to be accountable for the service that they provide. This ensures a much higher level of service than you would get if you were to choose a solicitor that simply charges per hour. It is also worth pointing out that there are a number of legal firms out there today who claim to offer a No Win, No Fee service, however, in reality, they still charge a fee if the case is not successful. This will never happen with Legal Expert. If we say that a case is No Win, No Fee, then we mean it.
There is no denying the significance of finding a high-quality law firm if you have suffered in a Sumburgh Airport accident. This company is going to have your fate in their hands. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you choose with care. What qualities should you be looking out for? Read on to find out…
To begin with, it is crucial to find a company that has a significant degree of experience. Staying away from start-ups is advised. After all, you do not want your Sumburgh Airport personal injury claim to be their practice project. You want to be safe in the knowledge that they have successfully helped personal injury victims time and time before.
It is also advisable to opt for a company that works on a No Win, No Fee basis. This is recommended for many reasons. Firstly, you will not need any money to begin your claim. Moreover, if you were to go for a traditional solicitor you may be worried about spending such a significant amount of money and then potentially losing it all if you lost your case. This worry is eliminated with a No Win, No Fee solicitor.
Aside from this, you should also read reviews that have been left by previous customers when you are assessing the worth of a law company. If a firm has a bad reputation this is something you should be able to pick up on easily. You then know to look elsewhere when finding the right law firm to handle your case.
So, now you know what makes a good law firm. The only thing you need to do is locate a company that contains all of these qualities. The good news is – you don’t need to search far, as this description matches what Legal Expert has to offer perfectly. We have a legal helpline available and we will put you in touch with one of our No Win, No Fee solicitors if you have a good chance of a successful compensation claim.
If you are ready to make a claim, or you have some more questions you would like answered, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can reach us on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, you can send an email or you can use the live chat feature on our website.
Airports – Accident Claim FAQ – Answers to common questions about airport incidents.
Package holiday claims – Package claims for holiday accidents.
Trips & falls etc – HSE information about this type of incident.
Edited by Melissa.