If you have been injured at an airport, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an Airport Accident Lawyer for a free consultation about your legal rights. Call (480) 361-2442.
Although airplane crashes receive the most media attention, there are many other types of aviation accidents. Airports are an example of a place where many airlines passengers and their families have suffered injuries.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Arizona. In terms of passengers, it is the ninth busiest airport in the United States and one of the 15 busiest airports in the world. Every day, the airport services over 1,200 aircraft and over 100,000 passengers in its three terminals. In 2011, the airport served more than 40 million passengers. When there are that many people moving through three terminals, accidents can happen.
Airport accidents can range from minor to severe. When they do occur, there may be one or parties responsible to pay for the damages. An experienced airport accident lawyer can help you determine if you are entitled to a monetary recovery.
Types of Airport Accidents and Injuries
There are several ways that passengers can be injured at an airport. Examples include:
- Defective boarding ramps and jetways
- Tarmac and transportation bus collisions
- Accidents in airport parking lots
- Airport falls
- Dangerous floors and walking areas
- Improper handling of special needs passengers
- Malfunctioning escalators and elevators
- Malfunctioning baggage carousels
- Slippery floors
- Assaults or attacks by other persons
- Other airport accidents
If you or a loved one suffered injuries at an airport, one or more parties may be responsible for your injuries.
Who is Responsible for Airport Accidents?
An airport accident attorney will investigate your case and help you determine who is responsible for your accident. This will depend on your particular circumstances.
Depending on the accident, potential responsible parties include the owners of the airport, the operator of the airport, transportation authorities, maintenance companies, contractors and airlines. Most people assume that if they are injured at the airport and not on an airplane, then the airlines are not at fault. In some situations, however, the airline you are traveling with may be responsible for your injuries.
Time Limits are Important in Airport Accidents
There are time deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, to make a legal claim for airport injuries. If a governmental entity is involved, the time deadlines to bring a claim are much shorter than for claims against private companies. It may be as short as 180 days.
With airport accidents, it is very important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible because there may be claims against government entities. For example, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, as well as Phoenix Deer Valley Airport and Phoenix Goodyear Airport, are owned and operated by the City of Phoenix. Scottsdale Airport is owned by the City of Scottsdale. Flagstaff Pulliam Airport is owned by the City of Flagstaff. Tucson International Airport is owned by the Tucson Airport Authority, a nonprofit organization formed by Arizona state charter.
Sufficient time is required to investigate the accident, gather and analyze evidence and make the required claim. If the proper claim procedures and time frames are not followed, the claim will be barred forever. The sooner you contact an airport accident attorney, the faster they can start working for you.
Free Consultation with Airport Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one is injured in an airport, contact our airport accident lawyers. We offer a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We provide services on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us anything unless we recover for you. Call us today at (480) 361-2442 or fill our contact form to find out if you qualify for compensation.