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

East Midlands airport accident claims guide

East Midlands airport accident claims guide

If you have been injured in an East Midlands Airport accident due to a breach in the duty of care that you were owed then you might be searching for a personal injury solicitor. Here at Accident Claims UK, we work with a distinguished panel of solicitors who are well versed in personal injury law. They could provide those with a valid case both support and guidance throughout the claims process. This online guide aims to explore the different ways an accident at East Midlands airport could potentially be caused. If at any point whilst reading this online guide you become confused or have additional questions, then please contact a member of our team. Our friendly advisors are extremely knowledgeable in personal injury law, which means that they can provide free legal advice of no obligation. Our phone lines are free to call, and our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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A Guide To Claims For Accidents At East Midlands Airport

This online guide discusses the different ways an accident at East Midlands Airport could potentially happen and how certain accidents that happen through negligence could qualify the victim for compensation. This online guide aims to answer the relevant questions in connection with the claims process, such as:

  • What is a personal injury claim?
  • Could I have grounds to make a claim?
  • What is a personal injury claims calculator?
  • What is a personal injury claims time limit?
  • What is the Montreal Convention?

You should be aware that your potential claim could be affected by a personal injury claims time limit. In basic terms, a time limit is the period of time in which you should begin your claim for compensation. The time limit comes into action from the moment of the incident, or alternatively, once injuries caused by the accident, such as PTSD have been officially diagnosed. To discover whether your claim meets the applicable time limit, please speak with a member of our team.

What Are Accidents At East Midlands Airport?

If you travel abroad, then you might understand the stresses that are associated with the process. Not only do you have to remember important documents such as passports, but carrying luggage and travelling abroad can sometimes be an extremely stressful process which could be made much worse in the event of an accident at an airport.

There are different ways in which an accident could be caused regardless of where it happens and one of them could be the negligence of a third party. If an airport such as East Midlands Airport failed to uphold their duty of care, and breach health and safety legislation the risk of an accident happening could poetically increase. Examples of accidents might include:

  • Slips and trips
  • Food cross contamination
  • Shuttle bus accidents
  • Falling debris
  • Electrocution (through faulty equipment)

Aviation Statistics For East Midlands Airport

East Midlands airport covers three major areas within the UK, which includes Lincolnshire, the Trent Valley, and Derbyshire. The East Midlands airport has proven to be a very popular airport within the UK, as it saw over 4.5 million passengers in 2018, and is considered a major air cargo hub.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) RIDDOR and Enforcement Statistics for the Air Transport Injury recorded 6138 injuries involving UK air transport employees (excluding cargo handlers) between 2009/10 – 2013/14. The HSE also reports elsewhere that an estimated £15 billion was spent in 2017/18 in relation to workplace injuries and ill health from the current working conditions within the UK.

This online guide aims to outline the types of accidents which could possibly occur at an airport, how possible accidents might occur at airports and how an airport accident victim could have grounds to make a claim for compensation.

 Accidents Which May Affect People At An Airport

Airport accidents could be caused by different factors, and one of them might be negligence. From spillages to maintenance, there are different ways an accident could be caused by negligence, and there are ways to prevent them from happening. But in the event you have been injured due to the negligence of an airport, then you might be wondering what steps you could take. Citizen’s Advice has provided some provisional steps you could consider after being injured in any type of accident. These steps include:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Report the incident to the airport
  • Take photographic evidence of the cause of the accident
  • Collect the details of those who witnessed the accident

Tripping Or Falling At The Airport

An injury sustained from a slip, trip and fall on the same level has been identified by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as one of the most common non-fatal injuries to people in the UK in 2018/19 especially within the work place.

To prevent an accident of this nature, especially in busy places such as an airport, the HSE has stated that there are preventative measures that can be taken. From risk assessments, routine housekeeping, to something as simple as regular inspections, these measures can help contribute to a safer and hazard-free environment.

The HSE’s ‘Trip Potential Triangle’ illustrates three causes of a slip and trip accident. These are:

  • Design & Maintenance
  • Housekeeping
  • Walkways

If operators within an airport such as the East Midlands airport fail to comply with safety measures, then their negligence could put both their employees and holidaymakers visiting the airport at risk.

Baggage Carousel Accidents

When travelling, there are many different stresses that are associated with the baggage drop off and baggage reclaim areas. These spaces may be occupied with large numbers of people, each attempting to reclaim their luggage or drop off their luggage. But despite the potentially hectic baggage reclaim process, it is fair to state that one of the last things you might expect is for an injury to be caused. It is vital that mechanisms such as the baggage carousel should be maintained and serviced regularly so that any faults, disrepair, loose furnishing are spotted and repaired so that accident can not be caused to passengers trying to retrieve their luggage.

Unfortunately, there are some cases where passengers’ personal belongings can be damaged, or in some cases, completely lost. If your luggage was lost or damaged due to the fault of an airport/airline, then you could have grounds to make a claim under the Montreal Convention.

Accidents On An Airport Escalator, Staircase Or Lift

In airports, there may be a variety of ways for passengers to move around the airport. This might include apparatus such as lifts, escalators, and travelators. Many of us know the stress and strains associated with heavy luggage, and how it could make moving from one area of the airport to another difficult. Travelators and lifts can alleviate these stresses. However, if lifts, escalators, travelators so on and so fourth are neglected, left is a state of disrepair or not repaired when needed the potential for a serious accident could be present. Accidents could possibly occur:

  • If the equipment wasn’t installed correctly
  • If the equipment was faulty at purchase
  • If the safety features, such as the emergency stop button, does not work
  • If the equipment hasn’t been correctly maintained and looked after

It is important to note that airports may contract out the maintenance and design of their equipment to other companies and this might impact upon who is liable for an accident claim. If this is confusing, don’t worry because our claims advisors are able and willing to help you with any queries or comments you might have.

Accidents On Shuttle Buses Or Transfers

Those of us who travel abroad might understand the chaos that can occur at an airport. At any given moment, there could be countless things going on. There might be numerous vehicles in motion at an airport, from shuttle buses, refuel cars, to vehicles moving luggage. The people operating these vehicles will need to be highly trained, so to prevent any dangerous hazards or collisions form happening.

In the moments where third party negligence occurs, it could potentially result in an East Midlands Airport bus or transfer accident. If you have personally been involved in a situation where a shuttle bus collision caused an injury, then you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation but like in a case with airport equipment, liability for shuttle bus accidents may not rest with an airport but with another third party.

To find out more and discover how our panel of personal injury lawyers could assist you throughout this process, please contact a member of our team today.

East Midlands Airport Shop Or Restaurant Accidents

Much like any other dining establishment, the restaurants and shops inside East Midlands Airport must comply with food regulations. In doing so, the restaurants, bars, and shops within the airport should be aware of the 14 common food allergens and ensure they correctly label all of their food items.

Common food allergens include:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Soybeans
  • Fish
  • Sesame
  • Peanuts

The Food Standard Agency states that food labelling is extremely vital, and all restaurants should comply with food regulations. Regardless of whether the food is unpackaged, pre-packaged, or being sold in a restaurant, the items should be labelled accordingly. A failure to comply with these regulations could result in a serious, if not fatal outcome. So if you have suffered from an allergic reaction due to insufficient labelling at an airport restaurant, then you could have grounds to make a claim.

Airport Staff Accident Claims

As an employer, East Midlands Airport has a legal and direct obligation to uphold health and safety regulations within the working environment. This is to ensure the safety and well-being of their staff members has been accomplished. To ensure a safe working environment has been achieved, there are measures that could be performed. These preventive measures were outlined by the HSE, and they could include:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Routine Inspections
  • Effective Training
  • Regular Housekeeping

If there is a breach in the duty of care, it could result in a workplace accident. If that is the case and you have been injured at work due to the negligence of your employer, then you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation. For more information regarding work accident claims, please click here.

Baggage Handler Staff Accidents

It was reported by the HSE that there were 1.4 million workers within the UK suffering from a work-related illness in 2018/19. As an employer, it is important to uphold a certain standard of health and safety, especially in the job roles where an accident is more probable.

In relation to airports, one job role where a worker could potentially be involved in an accident (if they’re not properly trained and supervised) is a baggage handler. Due to the repetitive motion and heavy lifting that is involved in the job role, there could potentially be scenarios where a baggage handler becomes injured or ill. To prevent an accident of this nature from happening, East Midlands Airport may enforce preventive measures to comply with health and safety requirements. For example, risk assessments of the working environment and effective training could be provided upon the employee being hired. These are two primary, yet extremely effective ways to ensure workplace safety is being upheld.

Calculating Claims For Accidents At Airports

We have provided a table that displays compensation settlements based on a variety of injuries and their severities the table does not take into account where the accident happened or how the accident was caused. These numbers are based on the Judicial College Guidelines that are used by English lawyers when pursuing personal injury claims. All claims for compensation are inherently different, as they take into consideration the individual circumstances at hand. Therefore, it is worth remembering that the compensation you could be entitled to may differ to the figures in this guide.

InjuryInjury Severity Compensation AmountInjury Description
Head Injury Moderate Brain Damage (i)£140,870 to £205,580Moderate to severe issues with intellectually capacity, a significant possible personality change, speech and sensors are both effected with a chance of suffering epilepsy.
Head Injury Moderate Brain Damage (ii)£85,150 to £140,870Moderate to modest intellectual capacity, there maybe slight ability to be able to work, but it may not be possible, the risk of epilepsy is not so great at above.
Neck InjuriesMinor (i)£4,080 to £7,410In these instances, a full recovery from the injury may be made within 1-2 years.
Neck InjuriesModerate (i)£23,460 to £36,120These injuries may be fractures or dislocations requiring immediate medical attention. They leave markedly impaired function or vulnerability to further trauma, and limitation of activities.
Neck InjuriesSevere (i)In the region of £139,210Severe neck injuries are associated with permanent disablement.
ParaplegiaSerious£205,580 to £266,740An injury of this calibre is often expected to inflict a shorter life span, depression, limit mobility, and in some cases, a lack of sexual function.
Arm Injury Severe Injuries£90,250 to £122,860Injuries which fall short of amputation but which are extremely serious and leave the injured person little better off than if the arm had been lost
Leg Injury Moderate (iv) £26,050 to £36,790This bracket includes complicated or multiple fractures or severe crushing injuries, generally to a single limb.
Food Poisoning Serious (i)£8,950 to £18,020A serious case of food poisoning is often expect to cause a serious upset stomach, which signs such as diarrhoea and nausea.
PTSDLess severe£3,710 to £7,680Those who endure minor levels of PTSD are often expected to make a full recovery within the span of one to two years. However, they might endure symptoms such as sleep deprecation, anxiety, and depression.
PTSDSevere£56,180 to £94,470Those who experience a severe level of PTSD are often expected to be left with life-long disabilities, minimal job prospects, physical ailments, and mental distress.

Special Damages For Personal Injury Accident Claims

Accidents caused by negligence have the inherent ability to inflict a wide range of injuries of different severities. These factors may be taken into consideration when pursuing a claim and they could play a vital role in the compensation settlement.

General Damages – A general damage claim often explores the physical injuries and psychological damages you’ve endured after an accident. When making a claim in connection to general damages, the claims process may involve evaluating the injuries severity, and any future implications you encounter.

Special Damages – This looks at financial losses to do with the injury and incident for example; travel costs, medical costs, loss of earnings, future loss of earning, any home adaptations.

If you are unsure what can be claimed for in your own accident claim please call our advisors who will go through what you maybe entitled to and how you will need proof of such expenses or losses.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For Accidents At East Midlands Airport

If you wish to make a claim for compensation, then a solicitor from our panel could offer to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement. In basic terms, a no win no fee agreement is designed to possibly reduce the financial threat to those pursuing a claim for compensation. The arrangement acts as a mutual agreement between the solicitor and the claimant, outlining the payment aspects of the claims process. In simple terms, if a solicitor offers to handle your claim under a no win no fee agreement that has a successful outcome, then you will be required to pay a success fee. By law, this is capped at 25% and would be taken from the final settlement. However, if a solicitor takes on a claim but fails to win a settlement, the agreement possibly reduces the threat to the claimant’s finances. For more information about no win no fee agreements, please contact a member of our team.

Why Choose Our Team To Handle Your Claim Against An Airport?

Here at Accident Claims UK, we work with a panel of solicitors who have up to 30 years’ experience helping those who have been affected by the negligence of a third party pursue a claim for compensation. We understand the sensitivity, complexity, and uncertainty people experience after a personal injury, as nobody prepares, nor do they expect to be affected by third party negligence. But in the event you have been involved in a negligent incident and require our services, we could connect you with a solicitor from our panel.

Start Your Airport Accident Claim

To discover whether or not you have a valid claim, please speak with a member of our team. We have a friendly team of advisors who could provide free legal advice of no obligation. Our phone lines are free to call, and our advisors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Alternatively, if you wish to begin your claim online, we have an inquiry form on our website that is available for you to use.

The number to call is 0800 073 8801.
To inquire online, please click here.

Essential References

If you have been involved in an East Midlands Airport accident that was not your fault, then you might be considering a personal injury claim for compensation. If that is the case, then we hope that this online guide has been of use to you. In addition to the information that was provided within this online guide, we have supplied some relevant links below.

Airport Safety and Accident Resources

Slip, Trip, and Falls – How To Make A Claim 

Work Accidents – What Should I Do After A Workplace Accident? 

Fatal Injury – Can I Make A Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One?

Article by MB

Edited by PM.