Updated February 20, 2020

Who Is Liable for Airport Injuries?

If you rely on air travel to reach your destination, you will pass through one or more of the airports throughout the country or world. Thousands of people travel through airports every day, and accidents can happen. When these accidents are caused by negligence on the part of the airport or airline, you may be able to seek compensation.

What are some Common Airport Injuries?

Airport injuries—especially falling—can cause traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones, and lacerations. Common airport injuries include falls as well as transportation accidents and inadequate maintenance.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are common and can cause serious injury, especially in the fast-paced environment of airports. Situations that could lead to you slipping, tripping, or falling at an airport include:

  • Defective elevators or moving sidewalks
  • Wet or waxed floors in restaurants, bathrooms, food courts, lounge areas, or retail stores
  • Poorly maintained carpet or flooring
  • Slippery conditions on boarding ramps or the tarmac

Transportation Injuries

While navigating yourself and your luggage across the airport, you may be injured:

  • Passenger transport vehicles (shuttles, vans, buses, trains, etc.)
  • Luggage retrieval areas or conveyor belts
  • Electric carts
  • Elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, or stairs

Inadequate Maintenance

Airport managers have the responsibility to maintain safe conditions for travelers. Inadequate maintenance can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Poor lighting in bathrooms, parking garages, and hallways
  • Lack of security personnel or systems
  • Broken or loose handrails
  • Uneven airplane ramps
  • Icy sidewalks or runways
  • Trip hazards in walkways or in the pathway of elevators or escalators

How do you Determine Liability for Airport Injuries?

In general, airlines are responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their planes. Similarly, airports are responsible for accidents in the airport itself or on the tarmac that are caused by their own negligence.

It is especially important to contact legal counsel if you have been injured while at an airport because there are so many parties at play. Businesses, contractors and sub-contractors, government entities, and other agencies can all factor into who is liable for your injury. Your case requires careful investigation by qualified legal counsel that can determine the responsible parties in our case.

Contact an Aviation Accident Attorney Today

Two of the attorneys at WKW are licensed pilots. Both pilots have flight experience in Boeing 727s and private aircrafts as well as commercial licenses, flight engineer certificates, and instrument and multi-engine aircraft ratings.

If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an accident at an airport or on an airplane, contact the Indianapolis Aviation Accident Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you with the next steps in pursuing an aviation accident case. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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