A Guide To Cornwall Airport Newquay Accident Claims – I Had An Accident In Newquay Airport England Can I Claim Compensation For Personal Injury?

Newquay airport accident claims guide

Newquay airport accident claims guide

This guide provides essential advice for those who may have been injured at Newquay Airport through no fault of their own and are looking for advice.

A holiday abroad is a great way to share leisure time with our loved ones. Travelling abroad can involve spending time at an airport where one might reasonably expect to be safe from harm and injury, whether in the car parks, areas outside an airport and inside its buildings as well as on the apron.

If a third party who owes you a duty of care which could include staff at an airport, breach their duty of care towards you, which in return, may lead to you being injured in an accident due to their negligence then the basis for a claim for compensation may exist.

If you were involved in an accident at Newquay Airport caused through negligence which resulted in an injury, and wish to make a claim, an advisor from our panel could provide free legal advice. To discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer, please call us today. Our phone lines are free to call and our advisors are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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A Guide To Claims For Accidents At Newquay Airport

For this guide we are looking specifically at accidents and incidents that could have been prevented had the correct health and safety procedures aswell as maintenance, training and other resources been carried out. For a person to be eligible to make a claim for monetary compensation after an accident it must be proven that a third party responsible for their health and well being through negligence allowed or caused the accident to happen.

An accident at an airport could be an extremely unfortunate turn of events that nobody prepares for or expects. Any accident caused by the negligence of a third party could result in you sustaining a physical injury and/or psychological damage. In a worst-case scenarios, it could cause life-altering health issues or even be fatal.

Accidents at airport could happen and be the fault of no one, other accidents could happen due to failure to adhere to legislative health and safety or even poor maintenance. Airport accidents could include;

  • A slip and trip accidents
  • An escalator accident
  • A travellator incident

Due to the many ways an accident could happen and the injuries you may sustain, the guide offers answers to key questions relating to personal injury claims filed against negligent third parties which include the following:

  • What does a personal injury claim entail?
  • Could I make a claim against Newquay Airport if I suffer an injury due to the negligence of a third party?
  • What could cause an accident at an airport?
  • What is a personal injury calculator and do I need to use it?
  • What does the Montreal Convention entail?

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party at Newquay Airport, there are specific factors you should take into consideration, one of which is the time limit associated with personal injury claims. The statutory deadline to filing a personal injury claim for compensation is set at 3 years from the date of the incident in which you suffered an injury due to the negligence of a third party. However, the time limit may begin once you are diagnosed as suffering from a health issue that a doctor links directly to the incident. There are other exceptions please call our advisors for more information.

What Are Accidents In Newquay Airport?

You might be wondering what could constitute an accident at Newquay Airport, and how they may be caused? There are different ways an accident at an airport could happen and in certain instances, the cause could be negligence on the part of a third party.

If you sustained an injury in an accident at Newquay Airport through no fault of your own and would like to know if your case would be valid, please contact one of our advisors who would conduct your free consultation where you can ask as many questions as you would like.

Newquay Airport Information

As an airport, Newquay is relatively small when compared to some of the larger airports in the UK. With this said, around 456,888 visitors passed through the airport between 2017 and 2018 and an estimated 41,172 aircraft used the airport in the same year. Irrespective of size, it is extremely important for all airports to uphold high standards of health and safety to prevent accidents from occurring.

It was reported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that there were 594 major injuries among UK air transport workers and 2 fatalities between 2009 and 2014. Health and safety measures are crucial in ensuring the safety of both employees and passengers who pass through Newquay Airport.

Accidents At An Airport

There are many potential scenarios which could contribute to an accident occurring at an airport, and in some instances, it is possible that third-party negligence could be a contributing factor. You could have grounds to claim against a negligent party such as an airport operator if they were negligent in their duty of care towards you which resulted in you sustaining an injury or being harmed.

In certain circumstances, a claim against a negligent party such as an airport or an airline could be pursued thanks to the Montreal Convention. The Montreal Convention established a sense of accountability between airlines and airports concerning the safety and well-being of passengers and their belongings.

If you were involved in an incident at Newquay Airport, and this incident could have been prevented and the injury could have been avoided, you could have grounds to seek compensation. You could get started by filing a personal injury claim with the assistance of a lawyer who works alongside Accident Claims UK.

Airport Slipping And Tripping Accidents

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlined that slip and trip-related incidents are often connected to one of three possible factors, which includes the following:

  • Design and maintenance
  • Bad housekeeping
  • Walk ways

Unfortunately, slip and trip accidents could happen to employees at airports as well as passengers/holidaymakers who use airports.

Statistics show that between 2018 and 2019, according to the Labour Force Survey 581,000 workers in the UK suffered a non-fatal injury. Within that same report, it also states that 29% of non fatal injuries to UK workers were related to slips, trips and falls.

To prevent an accident of this nature occurring on its premises, Newquay Airport could implement preventative measures which could include the following:

  • Providing safety equipment for staff
  • Providing the correct level of training for staff
  • Performing regular risk assessments
  • Performing routine inspections
  • Upholding a high standard of cleanliness

Airport Baggage Accidents

The baggage reclaims area in an airport is an experience that many people are familiar with, but one of the last things you might expect is to be involved in an accident that leaves you injured while using the baggage reclaim. Unfortunately, different factors could cause an accident in a baggage reclaims area. For example, if the conveyor belt has been improperly or inadequately installed, wires could be exposed. Another type of baggage accident could involve baggage handlers. If a baggage handler places a piece of luggage onto the conveyor belt incorrectly, there is a chance that it could fall off the conveyor belt causing a passenger an injury.

Airport Elevator And Escalator Accidents

Airports very often need modes of transport to transport passengers around the airport especially as they may be carrying heavy luggage and some airports are vast with different terminals. To help passengers and staff, airports may have lifts, escalators and travellators. If such modes of transport are not regularly checked, serviced, maintained, taken out of use if found faulty could cause serious accidents which could leave a person facing unexpected injuries. Failure to comply with health and safety measures as well as maintenance could allow such transports to fall into disrepair. If a passengers, visitor or member of staff is hurt due to a faulty lift or escalator then a cause for a claim may exist.

Airport Shuttle Bus And Transport Accidents

There could be vast numbers of people and vehicles in motion in an airport, especially during busier times. For example, there are shuttle buses taking passengers from aircraft to a terminal, and there are tankers refuelling aircraft, plus baggage carts are moving back and forth. Whilst employees operating these vehicles may be well trained, there are some unfortunate circumstances where third party negligence could cause an accident in which you may suffer an injury. Should this be the case, and you have been involved in an incident that has caused you unnecessary harm, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation against a negligent third party.

Airport Food And Shopping Facility Accidents

All UK restaurants and cafes, including those operating at Newquay Airport, are required to uphold their legal obligations towards the health and safety of employees and visitors to their premises including customers. For example, this means that any catering establishment operating in Newquay Airport should be aware of the most common food allergens so they can correctly label food items and offer advice to customers.

These conditions are outlined by the Food Standard Agency (FSA). In short, the regulations state that prepacked and unpackaged food, plus any food that is freshly prepared in a restaurant must be labelled accordingly or staff must be informed and educated of the foods content. This is intended to make the customer fully aware of the ingredients in the food they purchase. This process not only creates transparency between the business and the customer, but it helps minimise the risk of a customer suffering an allergic reaction. If a bar, cafe or restaurant operating at Newquay Airport were negligent in this duty of care, it could cause a customer to have an allergic reaction and give them grounds to file a personal injury claim against the operator of the bar, cafe or restaurant.

Common allergens might include the following:

  • Wheat
  • Dairy
  • Peanuts
  • Gluten

Workplace Accidents And Incidents

One of the duties of airport staff is to ensure the safety and well-being of passengers during their time at an airport. To ensure passengers are safe and looked after correctly, employees must be provided with a safe work environment, they must also be adequately trained, and any hazards should be appropriately handled and mitigated as much as possible.

Statistics published in 2018/19 show that 1.4 million working people in Great Britain are currently suffering from a work-related illness or injury.

To prevent employees from being injured in a workplace accident, the operator of an airport must set in place reasonable measures to reduce the risk of harm and injury occurring. These measures could include the following:

  • To perform regular housekeeping
  • Carry out routine inspections
  • Carry out frequent risk assessments

These measures can ensure both passenger and employee safety is protected, and that any hazards or areas of concern have been identified.

But in the event an employer such as Newquay Airport fails to uphold this duty of care, then their neglectful actions could potentially make them liable for any accidents leaning to injuries that occur.

For more information regarding work accident claims, please click here.

Airport Baggage And Cargo Handler Accidents

In any work environment including airports, there are potentially many different scenarios in which an employee could be injured. If a breach in the duty of care occurs and an employer is negligent, then an employee accident could have serious health implications. Employers should ensure that employees are trained in all work tasks that they need to undertake so that they can be carried out safely and effectively with minimal risk of injury.

According to the HSE air transport workers who are injured the most are those who work in lifting and handling. The HSE states that the manual handling of baggage and cargo ‘presents a risk of manual handling injury to ground handlers involved in these tasks’. If operators of airports fail to train staff accordingly and they are injured due to this breach the employer could be held liable for any injuries caused.

To prevent accidents as much as reasonably possible, airports should enforce measures such as risk assessments and provide training where applicable. A failure to comply with health and safety standards could result in an airport suitcase and cargo handler injury.

Examples of injuries a baggage handling employee could endure might include;

  • Lacerations
  • Muscular Disorders
  • Skeletal Disorders
  • Repetitive Strain Injury
  • Bruises
  • Fractures

Calculating Accident Claims

Those who have valid grounds to make a claim might be curious of how much compensation they could be entitled to. In some circumstances, those who are pursuing a claim might try and use a personal injury claims calculator to pinpoint an estimated compensation figure.

Below, we have provided a table that outlines a variety of different injuries, their severities, and the compensation that could be awarded. These figures are based upon the Judicial College (JC) Guidelines and are to be used as rough estimates only. All claims for compensation are intrinsically unique to both the individual and the circumstances at hand. Every claim is different, therefore, the compensation you could be entitled to could vary to those listed within this table.

Injury Severity AmountComments on severity
Brain InjuryModerately Severe Brain Damage£205,580 to £264,650In this bracket injuries will leave the person very disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care. Disabilities may be physical, for example, limb paralysis, or cognitive, with marked impairment of intellect and personality.
Neck Injury Moderate £12,900 to £23,460This can include soft tissue injuries or damage to discs which leads to loss of mobility, permanent pain and stiffness, wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type resulting in cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement. It can also include pre-existing conditions that have been made worse the injury.
Shoulder Injury Serious£11,980 to £18,020This bracket generally includes rotator cuff injuries that fail to heal after surgery. It also includes dislocations that lead to damage to the brachial plexus, which results in symptoms like pain in the shoulder, neck and elbow, as well as sensory issues in the arm and hand.
Arm injury Severe £90,250 to £122,860In this bracket, there will be injuries that are severe enough to leave the person no better off than if they had lost the entire arm. These injuries will commonly result in the complete loss of use in the arm.
Wrist Injury Very Minor £3,310 to £4,450Injuries here will be simple fractures that are non-displaced or only partially displaced, as well as soft tissue damage which results in the need for immobilisation through a cast or bandage, with a full recovery expected in 12 months.
Back Injury Severe£36,390 to £65,440This bracket covers injuries with fractures to the discs or vertebrae that make up the spine, as well as soft tissue damage which leads to pain, discomfort, impairment to agility, sexual function, as well as depression, alcohol abuse, and damage to employment prospects.
Hip or Pelvis Injury Severe£36,770 to £49,270This bracket commonly covers injuries that require a hip replacement. It can also cover injuries where a hip replacement has taken place but was not successful and is at risk of needing future corrective treatment.
Leg Injury Moderate £26,050 to £36,790Injuries here include those of multiple fractures and crushing injuries to one leg. This award leaves room for variation, and can vary according to severity, how long symptoms take to recover, as well as the risk of needing future surgery after degenerative changes take place.
Knee Injury Severe £24,580 to £40,770This includes damage to the knee which leads to some disability with symptoms like pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and deformity within the joint, with an increased risk of degenerative changes and future need of surgical intervention.
Food PoisoningModerate £3,710 to £8,950A complete recovery will be made between one and two years. Hospitalisation may have occurred due to significant discomfort a long with pain and alteration to bowel function.
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerately Severe£21,730 to £56,180The symptoms will cause significant disability for the future and professional help will be needed.

Additional Compensation In Personal Injury Claims

In many cases, a claim for compensation can be sectioned into two different parts, general damages and special damages claims. To effectively illustrate the different factors that could be taken into consideration when pursuing a claim, we have curated and provided a list.

General Damages – General damages are often concerning the injuries you have endured and the pain and suffering you’ve experienced.

Special Damages

  • Medical Expenses – After an accident, you might require medical treatment to aid the pain and suffering. This could take shape in the form of a surgical procedure, therapy sessions, or medication. If you have personally funded any medical expenses after an accident, then this could be taken into consideration when pursuing a claim for compensation.
  • Travel Costs – In some potential scenarios, an accident could affect your ability to drive. Therefore, you might resort to public transport to get to work and attend appointments. If that is the case, then the cost of travel could be factored into your claim.
  • Care Claim – An accident of a serious nature could render your ability to look after yourself and maintain a daily routine. If that is the case and you require the assistance of another, then you may have grounds to claim the cost of care.
  • Loss of Earnings – An accident could potentially affect your ability to earn a living, as you might require time off to recuperate and heal. If that is the case, then the loss of earnings and potential earnings could be factored into a claim for compensation.

It is always recommended that you keep a record of any expenses (such as receipts, contracts, tickets), as they will be extremely beneficial when making a claim. If you have been affected in a particular way that hasn’t been listed within this section, then please do not worry.  To determine whether or not you could have grounds to make a claim, please contact us and speak to a member of our team.

No Win No Fee Personal Injury Claims For Accidents At Newquay Airport

A no win no fee claim may also be referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), which means there are zero upfront costs. You will only be required to pay a fee to your solicitor if your case has a successful outcome. This fee will be subtracted from the final settlement that has been awarded and will cover the solicitor’s costs. This is often referred to as a success fee, and by English law, it is capped at 25%.

For more information regarding no win no fee agreements, please speak with a member of our team.

How Our Team Could Assist You

If you have grounds to claim compensation, then Accident Claims UK could connect you to a solicitor from our panel to handle your claim. The solicitors from our panel have up to 30 years of experience assisting those affected by third party negligence and are extremely well versed in personal injury law.

Start Your Claim

To begin a claim with a personal injury solicitor, why don’t you contact a member of our team? Our friendly advisors can offer free, no-obligation, legal advice and they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you wish to speak with an advisor, the number to call is 0800 073 8801. In addition to our phone lines, you could enquire online through the online form located on our website. If you wish to inquire online, please click here.

Essential Resources

In connection with this online guide, we have provided some additional materials that we believe could be of use. From internal links on our website to external sources such as the HSE, you can find the relevant links located down below.

Head Injury – How To Claim For A Head-Related Injury?

A Slip and Trip Accident – Can  I Claim For A Slip And Trip-Related Incident? 

HSE – Does My Employer Have To Legally Provide Safety Equipment?

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