You may find yourself traveling this holiday season. While you are likely aware of the dangers that come with flying, many people do not consider the dangers of simply being in an airport. Because an airport is so busy and is filled with amenities, there is a lot of opportunity for an accident to occur. Read on to learn more about airport accidents and what you should do in the event of an injury.
Product Liability vs. Premises Liability
There are a lot of ways one might become injured while in an airport.
If you are injured by a faulty escalator, elevator, or conveyor belt in an airport, you may be able to file a product liability claim.
If you are injured in an airport due to the negligence of the owners, maintenance, or a business within the airport, you may be able to file a premises liability claim. Some examples of this would include:
- A slip and fall as a result of wet bathroom floors, or a beverage spill
- Airport construction or remodeling
- Curbside accidents
- Accidents due to overcapacity
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured in an airport, and you wish to take legal action, you will need to prove that some sort of negligence caused your accident. The first thing you should do if you are injured is call 911. It is important to receive the medical attention you need and this will also provide documentation of your accident. Additionally, you should take photos and/or videos of the hazardous materials that caused your accident. You may also want to gather the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
Generally, in Texas, the statute of limitations on a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury. This means that if you do not file your claim within two years, you will likely lose your opportunity to receive compensation. In some cases, you will have to file a Notice of Claim, letting the airport know that you intend to sue them. This will have to be done very early on in the process, so it is important to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an airport accident, contact us today.
Contact our experienced Smith County, Texas firm
There are few things more jarring and disturbing than being wrongly injured in an accident. Our firm understands how difficult it can be to recuperate after a serious accident, which is why we are here to help you through the legal process, every step of the way. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to another party’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney on your side. Contact J. Chad Parker, PLLC today for an attorney who is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.