By Olivia Lopez. Last updated 23rd September 2021. Welcome to our Bilbao Airport accident claims guide. A common misconception is that when an accident occurs at Bilbao airport it’s something major like a plane crash. The more likely reality is that you could experience food poisoning while eating at one of its restaurants or injure yourself as a result of a slip, trip or fall while heading for your flight. If something like this happens and it occurred through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to compensation.
Read on through this guide for more Bilbao airport information relating to accidents and making a claim to compensate you for injuries you suffered through no fault of your own. As well as giving you more information on making a potential claim, this guide will tell you more about what a No Win No Fee claim is and the process involved.
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- A Guide On Accident Claims For Injuries Suffered At Bilbao Airport
- What Are Accidents At Bilbao Airport?
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- Accidents In Airport Restaurants Or Shops
- Luggage Trolley And Carousel Accidents
- Lift And Escalator Accidents At Airports
- Bilbao Airport Metro Station And Transport Accidents
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Welcome to our Bilbao Airport accident claims guide. As we have touched on above, there are many ways a person may suffer an injury at Bilbao airport, and these accidents can result in a range of injuries of varying severity. Personal injury claims can vary in how they are managed, and we will explore this in later sections.
If you have been injured in Bilbao airport by the actions of a third party, and are considering making a claim, it can be helpful to understand how your claim may be handled. In later sections, we will discuss how claims might be handled under UK law, under Spanish law or under the Montreal Convention. We will also explore the various ways in which accidents might occur, as well as discuss the common hazards that may present a risk to passengers travelling through Bilbao Airport.
Read on for more information, and if you cannot find what you are looking for here, you can reach out to our friendly advisers for free, no-obligation legal advice by using the contact details at the top and bottom of this article.
Before we begin our Bilbao Airport accident claims guide, let’s take a look at how these accidents may happen. Due to the busy nature of Bilbao Airport, which is coupled with the many different facilities and services on offer there, mistakes can be made which result in accidents and injuries to passengers passing through there. A person could become ill or be injured while eating in a restaurant, walking through the terminal, while on a transfer bus, or while boarding or alighting a flight.
Below, we will closely explore the potential hazards and what may cause them. If you have had an experience that is not mentioned here and are wondering if you may have grounds to make a claim, contact us today.
The Aviation Safety Network provides information on accidents and crashes that occur in airports all around the world. In its profile on Spain, it shows that since 2010, there have been twelve crashes in Spanish airports, two of which resulted in fatalities. The total fatalities in the last ten years for Spanish airports was 6, with 4 caused by a failed military test, and 2 caused by incorrect landing procedures of a private jet.
Looking at Bilbao airport itself, the profile only has five crashes on record since 1961. The most recent, in 2001, was the result of a failure in an onboard system that caused the plane to strike the runway at speed when landing. Out of 143 passengers and crew, there were no casualties. Bilbao airport’s worst recorded crash was in 1985, where 148 passengers and crew died during the final approach to the airport after errors by the crew caused the plane to crash into a communications tower, and onto the mountain below.
Bilbao Airport is a bustling, busy, active place, which in 2018 had approximately 5,469,453 passengers pass through it. Bilbao Airport facilities are also numerous and varied which could include escalators, lifts and shuttle buses. While making use of any of these services or facilities, it is possible for an accident to happen.
It is also possible for a person to have an accident in Bilbao airport when walking on the tarmac around the aircraft while boarding or disembarking. Accidents here can involve passengers being hit by airport vehicles or aircraft, as well as injuries from coming too close to engines or propellers. Many of these accidents may be caused by the negligent actions of another person or failure to follow health and safety procedures. If you were injured at Bilbao Airport through no your fault, then contact us today to see how we may be able to help.
As we explored above, there are many different facilities available at Bilbao Airport. Many passengers will carry luggage with them which may be left lying in walkways resulting in trip hazards. Restaurants and bars serve drinks which might be spilt, therefore creating a slip hazard And shops have items that can fall off shelves, exposing people to the risk of falling or tripping. These are but a few examples of things that could cause a slip, trip or fall in Bilbao Airport. Though measures may be taken to help reduce these accidents, hazards still occur, and when they do, people may be injured. See here for more information on slips, trips and falls.
Accidents In Airport Restaurants Or Shops
An accident at Bilbao Airport may not only be limited to those that cause injuries, but also those that cause illness, such as food poisoning after eating at Bilbao Airport restaurants. Food may not have been cooked properly, or contained allergens you asked to be excluded. Such illnesses can pose serious consequences for those affected.
It is also possible to sustain an injury in restaurants or shops by falling over or slipping on something. This could include spillages on the floor or exposed wiring of electrical equipment that hadn’t been correctly secured. See here for more information on restaurant accident claims in Spain.
Accidents involving the use of airport passenger baggage trolleys can happen when they are in disrepair, or because they have not been regularly serviced. If they malfunction while a person is using them or trying to load luggage onto them, they could result in heavy items falling down and hurting them or those around them. A similar situation could happen with carousels where luggage falls down after improper loading or improper use of the carousel by staff or passengers.
There are many facilities available to help passengers get around an airport. These can include a moving walkway, or travellator, escalators, and lifts. There are many ways in which a person may be injured while making use of these facilities. For example, an escalator may malfunction and suddenly stops, causing people to fall
Elevators could also present a potential risk. Door sensors can malfunction, giving rise to the risk of people being caught in a door. Or the lift itself could malfunction and abruptly halt, causing strains, bruising, even cuts.
Bilbao Airport ground transportation may be used to transport people between aircraft and the main terminal, or an airport passenger bus may be used to transport passengers between Bilbao Airport and the metro station or hotels. Accidents could happen on these through incorrect training or a lapse in judgement from a road user or the driver. When these accidents happen, they have the potential to cause significant injury to the passengers or other road users.
If you are thinking of making a claim for an accident that occurred at Bilbao Airport, it may help you to understand how personal injury claims in Spain are handled in comparison to the UK system. One of the key differences is that in the UK, personal injury claims have a strict time limit of three years which runs from the date of the accident. There are exceptions to this rule in strict circumstances. In comparison, the time limit in Spain is one year, with a similar possibility of exceptions.
Another difference is that if your claim for an accident in Bilbao airport is handled under Spanish law, then the compensation will be calculated using what is known as the Baremo, which was updated in 2016 to include three different types of damages. This is the scale by which judges measure the value of certain injuries claimed for in personal injury claims. This differs from the UK, which relies on something known as the Judicial College guidelines to calculate injury valuations.
Deciding whether your case is handled under UK law, Spanish law or under the Montreal Convention depends on the circumstances. For instance, assume hypothetically that your injuries were caused while boarding or disembarking a flight. If your flight was booked as part of a package holiday with a UK based provider, then your claim would be handled under UK law. If however, you had privately booked your flight, then your case would be handled under the Montreal Convention, which is used to determine liability on international flights.
Otherwise, if you have an accident in the airport that was not your fault, then your claim may be handled under Spanish law, and be subject to the system described above.
It is common for people to assume that they can only make Bilbao Airport accident claims using a Spanish solicitor. Well, that isn’t the case. Contact us today for more information on making a claim for an injury at a Spanish airport. Alternatively, you can have a look at our page about claims made with an England–based solicitor.
At this point in our Bilbao airport accident claims guide, we’re going to take a look at how compensation is valued and give you some examples of how much certain injuries could be worth.
As the Baremo is used to calculate compensation awards for Spanish personal injury claims, it is not for us to speculate on how much may be awarded for any given injury if your claim is handled under Spanish law. However, we have included a personal injury claims compensation table based on figures from the Judicial College guidelines.
|Injury||Severity||Amount||Comment on Severity|
|Food Poisoning||Serious||£8,950 to £18,020||Short-term food poisoning, resulting in vomiting, diarrhoea and lingering symptoms that impair bowel function, affects ex life and reduces enjoyment of food over the course of a few years.|
|Elbow Injury||Moderate or Minor||Up to £11,820||In this category, injuries will usually include lacerations, soft tissue damage like tennis elbow, and simple fractures. There will be some symptoms, but there will be no permanent disability.|
|Arm Injury||Less Severe Injury||£18,020 to £36,770||Injuries of this kind will initially come with significant disability but will be expected to make a significant recovery over time.|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||£18,020 to £45,070||This bracket covers shoulder injuries that include damage to the brachial plexus, leading to serious disability and issues with the arm and neck. These injuries can be commonly associated with neck injuries and injuries to the brachial plexus itself.|
|Head Injury||Minor||£2,070 to £11,980||This bracket includes injuries to the head, not resulting in brain damage. It can vary greatly according to factors such as: the presence of headaches, how long symptoms take to recover, as well as the initial severity of the injury.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£69,600 to £82,980||This bracket can include injuries that lead to nerve root damage, loss of sensation and mobility, and significant impairment of the bladder, bowel functions, reproductive organs coupled with significant scarring.|
|Hip Injury||Moderate||£11,820 to £24,950||This bracket mainly covers cases where a hip replacement was necessary and may or may not have been entirely successful. It can include cases where a hip replacement may become necessary in the future, coupled with ongoing symptoms.|
|Leg Injury||Less Serious||£16,860 to £26,050||This bracket includes injuries which result in surgical intervention and a metal implant, which leads to issues with walking. Symptoms can include limping, loss of mobility, and ongoing discomfort. This can also include serious soft tissue damage with presents similar symptoms.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||£13,920 to £24,580||This refers mainly to soft tissue injuries like ligament damage, cartilage damage, and a torn meniscus which leads to disability and instability within the joint. This can also include injuries that exacerbate pre-existing conditions.|
|Foot Injury||Modest||Up to £12,900||This includes injuries of a less severe nature, like simple fractures, ruptured ligaments, lacerations and puncture wounds, leading to permanent symptoms like a limp, pain and continuous aching.|
The above figures are only an indication. The value of your claim is based on the severity of your injuries, the impact it has had on your quality of life, and whether or not you have suffered any losses as a result. It is up to a medical expert to decide on the severity. If your claim is made under Spanish law or otherwise, the figures awarded may be more or less than those listed above. Contact us today for more information or a more accurate estimate based on your own personal situation.
As mentioned above, injury claims are essentially based on the direct pain and suffering caused to you as a result of your injury. These types of damages are known as general damages and are a common element of most claims. General damages cover to compensate you for the impact and inconvenience of being injured such as effect on relationships, loss of quality of life and scarring.
There are other damages that can be claimed for, too, known as special damages. These usually include financial hardships commonly associated with being injured, but not all of these may be a part of your claim as they all differ from case to case. These can include:
- Loss of earnings – this can include a claim for earnings lost because you needed time off to recover. In more serious cases, you may be able to make a claim for future lost earnings as a result of your injury
- Travel expenses – this can include costs spent on getting you home after your injury, as well as costs accrued in going to medical or legal appointments directly related to your injury
- Medical expenses you have to cover for treatment, prescriptions, or counselling sessions for mental health issues related to your injury
For more information on what you may be able to claim, contact us today.
If you’re looking for legal representation to make Bilbao airport accident claims, why not see how our panel of personal injury lawyers could help? From the initial consultation, we will endeavour to ensure your claim succeeds. We’ll talk you through every step of the way and explain the procedures and principles in terms you understand, not bombard you with legal jargon. We’ll be on hand any time you want an update on your case, and as soon as we have news of developments, we’ll give you a call. You can reach us using our contact details below.
If you’d like legal representation making your claim, you may benefit from using a No Win No Fee solicitor. Under a No Win No Fee agreement, if your solicitor fails to win your claim on your behalf, you won’t have to cover the cost of their legal fees. As there are no upfront or running costs to pay either, this means that you can access legal representation quickly and fairly under this type of agreement. In the event that your claim is won, however, the fees would be deducted from the overall amount awarded. Many people prefer to use No Win No Fee agreements to balance the financial risk.
Did you know that we work with a panel of personal injury lawyers all offering No Win No Fee agreements? If you’d like to learn more about how to take advantage of their services, please don’t hesitate to speak to one of our advisors today.
Get in touch with us today on 0800 073 8801 and our friendly, compassionate advisers will be more than happy to answer any questions you have. If you would like us to call you back at a time that suits you best, then you can use our online contact form, and choose a time for a call-back.
To conclude our Bilbao airport accident claims guide, here are some further links that could help:
- Package Holiday Claims In Spain – See our online guide to making a claim for illness or injury while on a package holiday in Spain.
- Personal Injury Claims In Spain – See the comprehensive guide on making a personal injury claim in Spain.
- Foreign Travel Advice – See this government page on travelling in Spain, for safety and security advice, as well as information on what may change after Brexit.
- Your Rights At The Airport – See this government page for information on what your rights are when you pass through an airport.
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