Airports have a lot of different amenities. Because they are so multi-faceted, there are a lot of different aspects to maintain. As a result, there are many ways for an accident to occur. Read on to learn more about airport accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.

How do Airport Accidents Happen?

Airport accidents can occur in a number of ways. Some of the most common airport accidents involve:

  • Slip and falls
    • If a beverage spills or bathroom floors become wet, an individual can become seriously injured
  • Faulty escalator and elevator accidents
  • Parking lot accidents
    • Poorly maintained parking lots can be dangerous. For example, potholes or insufficient lighting can cause accidents.
  • Curbside accidents
  • Airport transportation accidents
  • Airport construction and renovation projects

Who is Held Responsible for an Airport Accident?

It can be difficult to determine what party is responsible for your injury, and in what way. For example, do you sue the airport itself? Those in charge of maintenance? A business within the airport? Is your case a product liability case or a premises liability case? Is the airport government-owned? Because an airport accident can be complicated, you will need to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

What do I do if I am Injured

If you are injured you should:

  • Call 911 or seek other appropriate medical attention
    • This ensures that your injuries are tended to while simultaneously providing you with documentation of your injuries.
  • Collect evidence
    • You will need to prove that some sort of negligence occurred to cause your accident. To do this, you may want to take photos/ videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident. It is also a good idea to collect the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident occur.
  • Make sure you file in time.
    • Generally, in Florida, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of an injury. This means that if you do not file your personal injury claim within four years, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation. Additionally, if you are suing a government-owned entity, you will need to file a Notice of Claim. This will let the airport know that you intend to sue. A Notice of Claim must be filed early on in the process. You will want to retain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines and lose your opportunity to receive compensation.

Contact our experienced Florida firm

Here at Manuel & Thompson, P.A., we understand the potentially devastating effect that an injury can have on an individual and his or her family, which is why we are dedicated to helping all those who’ve been injured due to no fault of their own. Our firm also proudly handles insurance disputes, hurricane claims, fire loss claims, commercial litigation, and construction law matters. To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.