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As people begin to take flights again, whether it may be for business or pleasure, the unfortunate reality is that the chances of an airport accident will increase. While most people are concerned with actual aircraft accidents, incidents are actually more common within the airport itself. These can cause serious physical, emotional, and financial damage to a person. As a result, injured parties can pursue legal action to recover compensation. Continue reading below to learn more about these accidents and contact an experienced New York personal injury attorney for assistance with your case. 

What are Causes of Airport Accidents?

In order to keep travelers occupied as they wait for their flight to take off, airports usually offer a variety of amenities. This can include restaurants, shops, bars, and more. To keep these places safe, it is important that they are maintained and cared for properly. If they are not, certain hazards can arise that threaten the safety of travelers. Common hazards that can be seen in an airport include broken sidewalks, insufficient lighting, defective machinery, spills, unsafe stairwells, and more. 

What Do I Do After an Airport Accident?

The first thing that should be done after an accident takes place is to contact the necessary emergency services. This ensures the police and an ambulance can arrive at the scene and do their job. The police can work to gather information and evidence from the scene of the accident to document a police report. While this is true, victims should also speak to any witnesses to gather their testimony and take pictures of the scene as proof for their claim. When the ambulance arrives at the scene, victims can have their injuries treated and documented to be used as evidence in court.

How Long Do I Have to Sue?

When suing another party for negligence, it is important to do so within a certain time frame. This is because there is a statute of limitations, placing a deadline on how long an injured party has to do so. However, the process of suing an individual and a government entity is different. Airports are run by the government, which is why victims of these accidents must file a Notice of Claim. This notifies the government that a lawsuit is being brought against them. In the state of New York, injured parties are allowed 90 days from the date of the injury to file a Notice of Claim.

Contact our Firm

If you have been injured in a personal injury 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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