As Coronavirus stay-at-home orders are lifting across the nation, people are beginning to take flights again. As New York airports are a popular hub for travel, it is important to be aware that the chances an airport accident can happen will increase. Contrary to popular belief, these accidents happen more often on the ground than they do in the air. When they take place, they can cause serious injuries as well as emotional and financial damages. It is because of this that injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for help with your case.
How Do Airport Accidents Happen?
Airports often have a variety of different amenities in order to entertain travelers as they wait for their flights. This can include shops, restaurants, bars, etc. It is important that these areas are kept safe so that travelers are not put in harm’s way. This is because the failure to do so can create certain hazards that can cause accidents to happen. Common hazards that can be found in an airport include broken sidewalks, insufficient lighting, defective machinery, spills, unsafe stairwells, and more.
What Do I Do After an Airport Accident?
After an accident takes place, the necessary emergency services should be contacted immediately. This includes the police and an ambulance. When the police arrive, they can collect information from the scene and draft an official police report. Medics on the ambulance can treat the victims’ injuries as well as document them. Both a police report and medical documentation can be used as evidence to pursue a claim in the future. In addition to this, further evidence that can be gathered from the scene can include witness testimonies and pictures of the scene to use in court.
How Long Do I Have to Sue?
In order for the victim of a personal injury accident to pursue legal action for negligence, they must do so within a certain period of time. This is because there is a statute of limitations that places a deadline on how long they have to file a claim. In the event of an airport accident, victims are suing a government entity. The process of doing so is different from that of suing another individual. Victims of these accidents must file a Notice of Claim, letting the government know a lawsuit is being brought against them. In New York, injured parties have 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim.
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A personal injury accident can have a great impact on your life and your bank account. At Katter Law Firm, we believe that everyone should be held liable for his or her own negligence; you should not have to bear the burden of someone else’s mistakes. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, visit us online or call us today!