How To Make A Claim For An Accident At (Destination) Airport
A holiday to a destination such as the Channel Islands is a great way to spend time with loved ones and create memories. To travel to the Channel Islands for a vacation, some holidaymakers might fly to well-connected airports like Jersey Airport. Those of us who travel abroad might understand the stresses associated with travel. However, an accident caused by the negligence of a third party is not something that enters the mind when in vacation mode.
Unfortunately, there are some circumstances where an accident at Jersey Airport could be caused by the negligence of another party, inflicting harm and suffering that could have been avoided. If you or a loved one, was involved in a Jersey Airport accident, you might be wondering if you have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
This guide outlines the different ways a breach in the duty of care could cause an accident at Jersey Airport. If you would like to discuss a claim with a member of our team, please give us a call. Our advisers can offer free legal advice and would answer any questions that you might have regarding claiming compensation following an accident in Jersey Airport.
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- A Guide To Claims For Accidents At Jersey Channel Islands Airport
- What Are Accidents At This Airport And Airport Grounds?
- Channel Islands Airports Health And Safety
- Accidents Which Could Happen On Airport Grounds
- Slip And Fall Accidents In An Airport And On The Ramp
- Airport Baggage Accidents
- Accidents Using Elevators, Staircases And Escalators At Airports
- Airport Shuttle Bus Accident Claims
- Retail Outlet And Cafe Accidents
- Calculating Accident Claims Against Jersey Channel Islands Airport
- Special Damages Which Could Be Awarded For Accidents At An Airport
- No Win No Fee Channel Islands Airport Accident Claims
- Why Choose Our Specialist Team?
- Start Your Claim
- Related Resources
If you have been injured abroad and wish to make a claim, this guide provides essential information on travelling abroad for a holiday and covers what you should do if you are injured because of the negligence of a third party. For example, if Jersey Airport is negligent in its duty of care towards you, it could cause a slip and trip, an escalator incident, electrocution, luggage carousel accidents as well as other types of accidents.
The guide provides answers to key questions relating to personal injury claims against negligent third parties at Jersey Airport which include the following:
- What is a personal injury and how are they caused?
- Does the claims process differ in a foreign country when compared to the UK?
- Should I use personal injury claims calculator?
- Can Accident Claims UK help me make a claim?
When making a claim for compensation, you should be mindful that the eligibility of a claim could be affected by a time limit. This is the deadline for making a personal injury claim. The time limit comes into action at the time the incident occurred, or once a health condition linked to the initial injury has been diagnosed. If you suffered harm or injury at Jersey Airport and you were under the age of 18, you would have up till your 21st birthday to file a personal injury claim against a negligent third party.
To discover whether or not your case is within the statutory time limit associated with personal injury claims filed in Jersey, please contact a member of our team.
You might be wondering what constitutes accidents at airports, and how they are caused? Unfortunately, there are many different ways that could contribute to an accident happening when you are abroad, and in some scenarios, it could be caused by the negligence of another party. Whilst travelling abroad to places like Jersey, one of the last things you might expect is to be injured or fall ill, but there are cases where the negligence of a third party at Jersey Airport, could be at fault. If at any point you become injured or ill during your holiday and another party is at fault, you should do the following:
- Take photographic evidence of the cause of the accident
- Swap details with those who witnessed the incident
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
To discover whether or not you have valid grounds to make a claim for compensation, please contact a member of our team today. Our expert and friendly advisers are always happy to provide free legal advice and you would be under no obligation to pursue a claim should you not wish to.
The Jersey Channel Island airport is modest in size and is located in the Parish of Saint Peter. As an airport, the facility saw an estimated 1,664,175 holidaymakers between the years 2017 to 2018, and estimated 42,436 aircraft movement.
A lot is constantly going on in any airport, examples being as follows:
- Employees loading luggage, looking after the holidaymakers, and maintaining the integrity of a plane
All of the above plays a crucial role in the smooth running of an airport. In order for the employees to do their job effectively and safely, they must be provided with the correct environment to work in. Unfortunately, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlined that every year they receive various reports of employees in the air industry being injured or harmed at work. They state this is often in relation to the following:
- Aircraft maintenance
- Getting in or out of an aircraft
- Working with service apparatus like belt loaders and operating high loaders
It was also reported by the HSE that there was an injury rate of 594 injuries per 100,000 employees in the air transportation industry during a five year period. It was reported by Aviation that Jersey Airport has been witness to 9 aircraft incidents from 1938 to 2012.
As previously mentioned, there are various circumstances that could result in an accident at Jersey Airport, and unfortunately, there are some scenarios where an accident could be caused by the negligence of a third party. Should another party be at fault, their negligence could result in you being injured whether the injury is minor or more severe, and in some cases, may even be fatal.
When travelling abroad, airports are required to make sure that facilities both inside and outside the airport, are correctly maintained and that any hazards are identified. As such, airports must follow guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The types of accidents that could happen at Jersey Airport might include the following:
- Slipping because of a spillage
- Tripping over exposed wires
- Falling objects
- Faulty machinery
Much like in the interior of an airport, operators are equally responsible for outdoor hazards. This includes areas like car parks, pavements, and the tarmac. The HSE claim that there are common causes of a slip and trip accident, which includes on the following:
- Bad housekeeping
- Design and maintenance
To prevent accidents of this nature from occurring, the HSE recommends that employers such as Jersey airport implement the following:
- Regular inspections
- Risk Assessments
- High housekeeping standards
If an airport fails to set in place measures recommended by the HSE, it could cause a slip and trip-related incident. If you or a loved or are injured due to a slip and fall at Jersey airport, you could be entitled to pursue a claim against the negligent party.
When travelling abroad, a baggage reclaim zone is often a very busy area that holidaymakers find stressful. To make this experience less stressful and as safe as possible, airport operators are responsible for safety in and around a baggage claim area. This requires airports like Jersey Channel Islands Airport, to perform accident prevention measures, which should include the following:
- Risk assessments
- Routine inspections
If you are injured at the luggage carousel due to the negligence of another party, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
When travelling abroad, holidaymakers might use the equipment around the airport which includes lifts, travelators and escalators which were introduced to airports like Jersey Airport to help alleviate the stresses and strains associated with travel. For example, an escalator helps travellers in wheelchairs, or who have physical limitations, move around an airport with ease.
If you were injured whilst using any airport equipment due to the negligence of a third party, you could be entitled to claim compensation by making a personal injury claim.
The types of accidents that could occur at an airport involving equipment might include the following:
- Slip, trip and falls due to exposed wires
- Accident on an escalator or travelator
Airports are extremely busy places both inside and outside the building, as there are lots of people and vehicles in motion. For example, shuttle buses are often taking passengers to and from the tarmac to the terminal. A shuttle bus-related incident is a very rare, yet unfortunate event, but that is not to say they can’t happen. The employees who operate shuttle buses are often well trained and great at their job, but if a third party is negligent in their duty of care, it could contribute to a shuttle bus-related incident happening.
Common examples that could contribute to a shuttle bus accident might include the following:
- Faulty equipment
- Alcohol or drug violations
- Distracted/dangerous driving
Some holidaymakers often use facilities like airport cafes and duty-free retail outlets whilst waiting for their flight. Much like any other restaurant or café, the facilities inside Jersey Airport must uphold a high of hygiene and abide by health and safety regulations. For example, The Food Standard Agency (FSA) states that those who sell and prepare food must aware of common food allergens and properly label their fare. Whether food is pre-packaged, unpackaged, or freshly prepared, the food must be labelled accordingly to ensure allergic reactions are prevented and customers safety and well-being have been taken into consideration.
However, if the facilities inside Jersey Airport fail to follow this crucial obligation and neglect their duty of care, then it could cause a potential incident and you could be entitled to seek compensation.
You may wish to find out how much compensation you could be awarded by using a personal injury claims calculator. Below is a table which offers compensation amounts based on the Judicial College Guidelines awarded in personal injury claims filed in the UK. However, the amount of compensation you could be entitled to may differ when claiming compensation in Jersey. As such, you should discuss your claim with one of our solicitors who would be in a better position to offer you an idea of how much you could receive in a successful Jersey Airport accident claim.
|Injury||Injury Severity||Compensation Amount||Description|
|Neck Injury||Minor||£4,080 to £7,410||A minor neck injury of this level will take one to two years to full recovery.|
|Neck Injury||Severe||In the region of £139,210||A severe neck injury could cause life changing circumstances where the affected individual has limited mobility within the neck, damage to the spin, and suffers from headaches.|
|Back Injury||Minor||£7,410 to £11,730||A minor back injury will show signs of minor pain and discomfort, but will be expected to make a full recovery with two to five years.|
|Back Injury||Moderate||£26,050 to £36,390||A moderate back injury can include residual disability. In many cases, there will be pan and might require surgery to correct some of the damage caused.|
|Back Injury||Severe||£85,470 to £151,070||A severe back injury is often expected to involve damage to the spinal cord and nerve roots. There will be severe pain, disability, paralysis, and various other affects.|
|Food Poisoning||Serious||£8,950 to £18,020||Serious cases of food poisoning are expected to cause discomfort, irritant, nausea, and could cause damage to the bowels.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Minor||£56,180 to £94,470||Minor levels of PTSD are often expected to make a full recovery within a one to two year time frame.|
|Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder||Severe||£3,710 to £7,680||Severe cases of PTSD will often involve permanent effects that will affect the individual for life.|
If you have been injured due to the negligence of a third party, you might be wondering what factors could be taken into consideration when pursuing a claim? The answer is that you could have experienced physical injury, psychological suffering and financial loss which are referred to as damages and losses which are compensated in two parts namely general damages and special damages.
To further illustrate the difference between general and special damages, please see below:
- General Damage – general damages are awarded for physical injury and/or psychological suffering
- Special damages – when making a claim for compensation, special damages are awarded for financial losses after an accident. There are many different components that could be taken into consideration when claiming special damages some of which are detailed below:
Travel Costs – If an accident renders you are unable to drive your car, you might depend on public transport to get from A to B. If that is the case, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation. You should keep documentation of receipts and tickets.
Medical Expenses – after an accident, you might require medical attention such as surgery, therapy, or medicine. If the NHS cannot provide you with the necessary treatment you need, you might have to personally fund the required treatment. If that is the case, you could have grounds to make a claim for compensation.
Home Adaption and Mobility Equipment – an accident could seriously affect your health, your well-being, and your ability to maintain daily routine. If you require equipment to adjust to life after an accident, the cost of home adaptions and mobility equipment could be taken into consideration when making a claim.
The loss of income – if you have lost income or are unable to work due to an accident, you could include this in your claim. This also takes into consideration any time off you require to recover after an accident and whether or not your injuries prevent you from working again.
If you have a valid claim against a negligent party, a solicitor from our panel could offer to handle your claim under a No Win No Fee arrangement. This is also referred to as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), and it acts as a mutual contract between the solicitor and the claimant in this instance yourself.
A No Win No Fee Agreement means that there is no upfront fee to pay. However, if the claim has a successful outcome and compensation is awarded, you, as the claimant, would be required to pay a success fee for the legal services provided. This fee will be taken from the final settlement with the balance being paid to you.
Should your claim be unsuccessful, you would not have to pay the ‘success’ having entered into a CFA with a personal injury solicitor.
If you have been involved in a scenario where an injury at Jersey Airport was caused by a third party, you might be wondering whether or not you have grounds to make a claim?
Accident Claims UK works alongside a panel of solicitors who are well versed in personal injury law who over 30 years, have helped people injured through the negligence of a third party. Even if we are not located in your immediate locality, our panel of solicitors cover many areas and, therefore would be able to handle your potential claim. For more information on how our Accident Claims UK could be of assistance, please speak to a member of our team.
If you were injured during a trip to Jersey Airport, you might be wondering whether or not you could make a claim for compensation? Accident Claims UK could connect you to a personal injury solicitor from our panel who is best suited to handle your claim.
To speak with an adviser about a potential claim, the number to call is 0800 073 8801. Our advisers can offer free legal advice with no obligation attached, and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to our phone lines, you could inquire online through our website.
Nobody prepares or expects to be injured whilst travelling abroad, as such, we have provided some additional information should you be injured in an accident in Jersey airport.
Airport Safety Resources
Slip and Trip Accident – I slipped on a wet floor, could I make a claim?
Workplace Accident – What are my legal rights after an accident at work?
Restaurant Claims – Can I make a claim against a restaurant?
Citizens Advice – Travelling in Europe after Brexit
HSE – Spotting Slips and Trips
Article by (Mike)