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New Yorkers are familiar with the hustle and bustle of the city, and NYC airports are no exception. Because airports are so big, crowded, and multi-faceted, a lot of accidents can occur. While most people don’t think about injuries occurring on the ground while they wait for their flights, this is how many injuries happen. Read on to learn more about airport accidents in New York City and what you should do in the event of an injury.

What are the Most Common Airport Accidents?

Some of the most common airport accidents occur as a result of the following:

  • 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.

Determining who is at Fault

If you are injured in an airport and you wish to take legal action, you will have to prove that your accident was caused by negligence. To do this, you should collect proof of your injury. This may include taking photos and videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident and gathering the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Additionally, you should be sure to call 911 so that you can get the medical attention you need.

If you are injured by an escalator or elevator in an airport, you may be able to file a product liability claim.

If you are injured by some sort of negligence, such as a spill that was not cleaned up, or debris that causes you to trip, you may be able to file a premises liability claim.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

Whether your case is a product liability or a premises liability case, it is important to begin the legal process as soon as possible. When pursuing legal action, it is important to know that there is a deadline to which you must adhere. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. If the injured party does not file a personal injury claim before this deadline, he or she will likely lose the opportunity to recover compensation for damages. Generally, in the state of New York, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is three years. If the airport is considered government property, you will have to file a Notice of Claim, warning the airport that you intend to sue them. This will have to be done early on in the process, so it is important to contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an airport, reach out to our firm to discuss your case.

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.


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