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If you are traveling this summer, it is important to know about airport safety. Airport accidents occur often and can lead to serious injuries. Read on to learn more.

How do Airport Accidents Occur?

Airports have a number of amenities, including bars, restaurants, and gift shops. They also have necessities like bathrooms, stairways, and elevators. Additionally, there is often construction and there are always taxis and shuttles coming and going. With all the comings and goings, it is easy for an accident to occur, including:

  • An injury at baggage claim
  • Slip and falls resulting from wet floors, restaurant spills, etc.
  • On trams, escalators, and other transportation systems
  • Airport construction and remodeling projects
  • Curbside accidents: shuttles, taxis, etc.

What do I do if an Accident Occurs?

If you are injured in an accident, you will have to prove that your accident was a result of another party’s negligence. In order to do this, you will have to call 911. The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. If this happens, make sure to ask for their name and contact information. Additionally, you should document the scene. If possible, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. You should also make sure to go to the hospital right away. This will provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

When a person wishes to sue a government entity, there is a different process in place than regular personal injury cases. As airports are run by the government, victims of these accidents are required to sue a privately-owned entity. In these situations, the injured party is required to file a Notice of Claim. This lets the government know that a lawsuit is being brought against them. The state of New York allows 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim. This is a big difference from New York’s statute of limitations mfor a personal injury claim, which is generally three years from the date of the accident. To avoid missing important deadlines, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. 

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Our firm understands the challenges that many people face after being hurt in an accident and is prepared to help you receive an award of significant compensation to ease some of your burdens. To schedule a consultation with an experienced construction site accident attorney in New York City, contact Swerling Law today.


Settlement to a barista who slipped and fell on a defective stairwell while working for Starbucks who sustained back injuries requiring multiple surgeries in 2012.


Settlement to a woman who was assaulted and sustained back/hip injuries in 2015.


Verdict to a high school student who was assaulted by a school dean during her lunch period dislocating her hip in 2014.


Settlement to a man who was run over by a dump truck on a Brooklyn street causing him to sustain multiple injuries, including but not limited to a broken leg and detached urethra in 2019.


Settlement to a woman who slipped and fell down a wet stairwell in a New York City Housing Authority building requiring a back surgery in 2018.

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