La Palma Airport Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For An Accident At La Palma Airport

By Joanne Jeffries. Last Updated 20th September 2021. Welcome to this guide on La Palma airport accident claims.

This online guide provides information regarding personal injury claims associated with accidents at La Palma Airport. Taking a holiday abroad is a great way to spend time with family and loved ones in places where there is lots to do for people of all ages. The last thing you think about when you are on vacation is being injured or falling ill due to the negligent actions of a third party.

La Palma airport accident claims guide

La Palma airport accident claims guide

Travelling anywhere can be stressful but when an accident occurs or you fall ill, it could add to the anxiety you may already be feeling and it could potentially ruin your holiday altogether. This online guide, provides essential reading, offering advice on what you should do if you are injured in an accident at La Palma airport or if you fall ill due to the negligence of a third party. If you have any questions which are not covered in the guide, please contact our team of advisers who are standing by to take your call and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to give you legal advice on no win no fee claims.

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A Guide On Claims For Injuries Caused By An Accident At La Palma Airport

Located in the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz La Palma airport is extremely busy with an estimated 1,420,227 passengers passing through it during  2018. As an airport, La Palma has a host of facilities for passengers and other people to enjoy and with 25 check-in desks, 4 baggage carousels, 9 boarding gates, to lifts and travelators, there is always a lot going on.

Whilst travelling to airports like La Palma, one of the last things you might expect is to be injured or fall ill. Unfortunately, there are some scenarios in which you may be involved in an airport accident due to the negligence of a third party.  In some instances, this could be caused by a breach in the duty of care towards you. If you were injured at La Palma airport, you may be wondering whether or not you could make a claim. This guide aims to answer key questions that relate to the process of filing a personal injury claim following an accident at La Palma airport providing answers to questions like the following:

  • What is a personal injury claim?
  • What is the difference between UK and Spanish claims?
  • What is the Montreal Convention?
  • How are accidents in La Palma airport caused?

What Are Accidents At La Palma Airport?

You might be curious about accidents at La Palma airport and how they are caused? Luckily, accidents at airports are unfortunate but rare and in general, airports are well maintained to a high standard. However, there are some circumstances where a breach in duty of care could result in you being injured or falling ill due to the negligence of a third party.

Because a large number of people and operations are constantly in motion, airports like La Palma are extremely busy places. The sheer scale and size of an airport mean that health and safety should be a high priority. However, if an airport fails to uphold its obligations where health and safety is concerned, the risk of an accident happening increases.

Accidents at an airport might include the following:

Spanish Aviation Safety

There are Health & Safety obligations that an airport like La Palma would be required to uphold. A such, La Palma airport should set in place measures to highlight hazards and risks that may be present to ensure the safety and well-being of visitors to the facility and those who work at the airport. Preventive measures are outlined in the Health and Safety Executive, (HSE), which include the following:

  • Routine housekeeping
  • Regular Inspections of the facility and equipment
  • Efficient and regular training
  • Risk assessments

Hazards Which Could Cause Accidents At An Airport

There are many different ways in which an accident could happen, and in some cases, it could be due to the negligence of a third party. If La Palma airport fails to meet its obligations outlined by HSE, you may be entitled to seek compensation due to their negligence. Should this be the case,  Citizen’s Advice provides some provisional steps that should be taken which could be extremely useful and may help strengthen your potential claim. These steps include the following:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Make sure the incident has been reported to the right people
  • Make sure you collect the details of those who witnessed the accident
  • Take photographic/video evidence of the cause of the accident

Slip Or Fall Accidents In An Airport

There are some scenarios where an accident in La Palma airport could be caused by a slip, trip, or fall. In some cases,  this type of accident could result in you suffering a minor or more serious injury. Some of the more common causes of a slip, trip and fall accident are as follows:

  • Poor lighting
  • Spillages
  • Faulty equipment
  • Poor lighting
  • Exposed wires and cables
  • Falling objects

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics show that slips, trips and falls are one of the most common accidents people experience in the UK.  The statistics also identify the three common causes to accidents of this nature, which includes walkways, housekeeping, design and maintenance. To reduce the risk of this type of incident occurring HSE recommends that businesses like airports should make sure they are upholding the basic, yet fundamental aspects of health and safety. This could include risk assessments, routine inspections, and having employees perform regular housekeeping. These measures have been designed to ensure that the well-being of both holidaymakers and employees in  La Palma airport are protected and help reduce the risk of slip and trip hazards being present ahead of time.  However, should La Palma airport fail to uphold health and safety measures and to identify slip and fall hazards, it could result in you suffering a serious or even fatal injury through no fault of your own.

La Palma Airport Shop Or Cafe Accidents

La Palma airport has many shops and other facilities which includes restaurants, bars and retail shops that holidaymakers can use. Whilst visiting these different locations in the airport, you could be involved in an accident due to the negligence of a third party which results in an injury. You may fall ill after eating something in an airport restaurant which could include suffering from food poisoning or you may have an allergic reaction.

A prime example of an accident in an airport facility could well involve food hygiene. Due to the wide variety of different allergens outlined by The Food Standard Agency those who sell unpackaged, loosely sold, or food that is served in a restaurant, should be fully aware of any allergens and therefore enforce correct labelling. A failure to do so could result in an allergic reaction, which in return could result in serious, if not severe consequences.

Airport Luggage Related Accidents

If you frequently travel abroad you understand the chaos that often occurs around a baggage reclaim area with lots of holidaymakers trying to reclaim their luggage so they can move on to the next leg of their journey. Unfortunately, there are instances where luggage is damaged or lost and should this be the case, you may be entitled to claim compensation through the Montreal Convention. In simple terms, the Montreal Convention was created to establish a sense of accountability in airlines and airports which means that if you are injured or fall ill, or if your personal belongings are damaged or lost, you could claim for compensation by filing a claim.

Airport Travelator & Lift Injuries And Accidents

When visiting an airport, there is often a wide variety of equipment and apparatus readily available for holidaymakers to use. The equipment that airports provide are there to help holidaymakers move around more easily, and to reduce the strain associated with carrying luggage. Equipment which includes lifts and travelators which make a building more inclusive to those with physical limitations and disabilities. There are some scenarios where this equipment could be the cause an accident due to the following:

  • The equipment was faulty
  • The equipment was not installed correctly
  • The equipment was not properly checked and inspected with regards to safety issues

If you were injured because of faulty or defective equipment in the airport, you may have grounds to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent third party.

Accidents On Airport Transport

There are many different ways in which you could be injured in an accident at La Palma airport with one example being whilst using airport transport. Airports the world over are exceptionally busy environments with lots of vehicles constantly on the move. Employees are typically sufficiently trained to operate and be around the many vehicles found in airports but there are instances which could see an accident happening.

An example could involve a La Palma airport transfer that takes you to and from a terminal containing holidaymakers crashing into something which results in you and other passengers suffering some kind of injury. If the accident was caused due to the negligence of the driver, you may have grounds to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim for this kind of road traffic accident.

How Would A Spanish Accident Claim Work?

If you were injured in an accident at La Palma Spain airport, you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation. However, in order to do so, a claim must meet specific criteria and would depend on other factors which includes whether you were injured while enjoying a package holiday or a vacation you booked independently.

If you suffered an injury in an accident at La Palma airport and you were on a package holiday, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation against the tour operator back in the UK. However, if you have been injured at an airport in Spain while taking an independently booked holiday, the process would be different because it would fall under the country’s legal jurisdiction which in this instance would be Spain.

Whether you were injured as a part of a package holiday or independently booked vacation, Accident Claims UK may be able to help you pursue a claim for compensation against a negligent third party. As all claims for compensation are inherently specific to the individual and the circumstances at hand, we would recommend that you discuss your claim with a member of our team. Our advisers can provide a more in-depth look at La Palma airport claims and how to pursue a negligent third party for compensation.

Will I Have To Use A Solicitor Based In Spain?

If you were injured in an accident when taking part in some aspect of a package holiday which could include during the flight or in the accommodation you were staying at, or while you were on an excursion organised by the tour operator, you could have grounds to file a personal injury claim with the assistance of UK-based personal injury solicitor. The claim would be brought against the tour operator who could be held negligent.

If you suffered an injury on an independently booked holiday, the claims process would be different because the case against a third party would fall under Spain’s jurisdiction. In short, you may have to file a personal injury claim against the party responsible in Spain. If you are unsure on how to proceed, we strongly recommend that you contact one of our personal injury solicitors at Accident Claims UK who would provide essential legal advice on how best to pursue your no win no fee claim.

La Palma Airport Passenger Accident Claims Calculator – Updated September 2021

If you were involved in an accident at La Palma airport and are thinking about filing a personal injury claim, you may like to know how much compensation you could be awarded. You could use an online personal injury claims calculator which may offer some idea of how much accident at work compensation you could get but these online tools are not terribly accurate because they are more marketing tools than calculators.

This guide provides a table that outlines different injuries, their severity, and the compensation that is awarded.

The information in the table below is based on previous UK claims and the Judicial College Guidelines. Therefore, it is worth remembering that all claims for personal injury compensation are inherently different, and a such the figures are provided as a guideline only.

Injury Injury Severity Compensation Amount Awarded Description
Brain Damage Severe £264,650 to £379,100 Those who experience severe brain damage are often expected to experience behavioural problems, a shorter life expectancy, and physical limitations.
Neck Injury Minor £4,080 to £7,410 Minor neck injuries are often expected to make a full recovery. However, the affected individual may require treatment or medication to return to this state.
Neck Injury Severe In the region of £139,210 Those who endure a severe neck injury may also experience serious implications with their back, spin, and the limited mobility in their neck. They may also have headaches.
Amputation One Leg £98,380 to £129,010 Those who experience a leg amputation above the knee are often expected to have phantom pains, psychological problems, and sometimes, issues with their back and joints.
Amputation Both Legs £225,960 to £264,650 Those who lose both of their legs are often expected to be in the higher end of this bracket. The loss will be above the knee and could present issues with the hips and spine.
Amputation One Arm Not less than £128,710 Those who lose one of their arms are often expected to endure a difficult time readjusting to life after an accident.
Amputation Both Arms £225,960 to £281,520 Those who lose both of their arms are often expected to be in the higher bracket. They may experience immense phantom pains, a loss of independence, and further complications.
Food Poisoning Moderate £3,710 to £8,950 Those who experience moderate levels of food poisoning are often expected to experience discomfort discomfort, cramp, fatigue, and in some scenarios, might require hospital admission.
Achilles tendon Most Serious Around £36,060 Severed tendon causing swelling cramp and requiring the person to cease sporting activities.

La Palma Airport Accident Special Damages

When you are injured or you fall ill and file a successful personal injury claim against a negligent third party, you are compensated for your injuries, pain, distress and loss of amenity which are awarded as ‘general damages’. On top of this, you would be awarded ‘special damages’ which are awarded to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses you had to cope with and which can be directly linked to the illness or injuries you suffered in an accident at La Palma airport.

General Damages – awarded for pain and suffering as well as loss of amenity. If you endure psychological repercussions after an accident such as PTSD, depression, anxiety or severe sleep deprivation would be factored into your claim

Special damages – awarded to reimburse medical treatment and aftercare costs, This could include medical procedures, therapy, medicine (such as prescriptions) to rehabilitation. Care costs and all other expenses could be awarded in special damages.

Why Should You Claim With Our Specialist Team?

If you were involved in an accident at Santa Cruz La Palma airport, then you might be thinking about filing a claim for compensation. Here at Accident Claims UK, we understand that the claims process can seem daunting, which is why our expert and friendly team are here to assist you seek compensation for injuries sustained in an accident at La Palma airport caused by the negligence of a third party.  Accident Claims UK, has over thirty years of experience in representing clients who were affected by third-party negligence.  To learn how our specialist team could assist you, please feel free to contact a member today.

No Win No Fee La Palma Airport Accident Claims

If you were injured as a part of a package holiday, then a solicitor from our panel could act on your behalf when filing a personal injury claim and may offer to do so on a No Win No Fee basis.  The solicitor would offer you a no obligation, free initial consultation to assess whether you have a strong case against a negligent third party before entering into a Conditional Fee Agreement with you.

Having signed a No Win No Fee Agreement with the solicitor, you would have no fees to pay for them to represent you. The only time you would have to pay the ‘success fee’ to a solicitor is when you are awarded the personal injury compensation you seek and the amount is taken straight out of the money you are awarded. Should your case not be successful, there would be no fee to pay the personal injury solicitor who acted on your behalf.

If you have any further questions regarding the process and how No Win No Fee claims work, please speak with a member of our team.

Start Your La Palma Airport Accident Claim

If you were involved in an accident at La Palma Airport, the first thing to establish is whether you have strong grounds to file a personal injury claim against a someone who could be held responsible. Our team of experts are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our advisers would offer free legal advice in a no obligation, initial consultation during which time any questions you have could be answered. The solicitor would then establish whether your accident at La Palma airport claim would be valid.

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Can La Palma airport accident claims be made for food poisoning?

In some cases, if you have suffered food poisoning at La Palma airport, you could be eligible to claim food poisoning compensation. Should you be able to prove that unsafe food handling, storage or preparation led to you suffering a bout of food poisoning, you could receive compensation for your suffering, pain and loss of amenity and any expenses you incur as a direct result of the food poisoning. While some food poisoning incidents could be unpleasant, and could ruin a holiday, others have effects that last long after you’ve returned home. You could suffer ongoing bowel function alteration, for example, and this could lead to a lack of enjoyment of food, or even an effect on your social life. Our solicitors, who are authorised and regulated by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority, could fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible for your claim. Please don’t hesitate to call us to learn more about how we could help you.

Could I make La Palma airport accident claims for psychological injuries?

Sometimes, if you’ve been involved in an accident, your physical injuries may heal quite quickly. However, in some cases, you could be left with psychological injuries that last much longer than any physical symptoms. Particularly in accidents where you feared you would lose your life, you could suffer mental trauma, anxiety and even PTSD. Here at Accident Claims UK, we understand that psychological injuries could have a profound impact on a person’s life. They could cause you to lose sleep, and you may feel isolated, angry and anxious. We take such cases very seriously indeed, and while we know no amount of compensation could take away what has happened, it could help fund the treatment you need to help make you better, and could help you to move forward after what could be considered such a traumatic time.

Holiday Accident Abroad Claims

Below are links that offer more information on specific accidents at La Palma airport and injuries you could have suffered:

Slip, Trip and Fall Incidents- How to make a claim

Head Injury claims – How to make a claim

Accident at Work – Can I make a claim if I was injured at work?

Thank you for reading our guide to La Palma airport accident claims.