Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport Accident Claims Guide – How To Claim For An Accident At Tenerife Airport?

Tenerife South-Reina Sofía airport accident claims guide

Tenerife South-Reina Sofía airport accident claims guide

Were you injured when you slipped at Tenerife South airport? Did you contract an illness after eating at a restaurant while waiting for a flight transfer? If you are seeking legal support following an accident at Tenerife South-Reina Sofia Airport, our panel of solicitors could help. You may be entitled to seek compensation for injuries or an illness caused by the negligence on the part of another party.

Here at Accident Claims UK, we could help you claim compensation for your injuries, damages and losses whether you were a holidaymaker or member of staff at Tenerife south-Reina Sofia Airport. Throughout this guide you will find a wealth of information regarding your right to claim compensation if you were the victim of third-party negligence, and what measures you should take to gather as much evidence as possible to support and strengthen your claim.

If you feel the need to discuss your circumstances and/or have any queries, please get in touch with one of our experienced advisers on 0800 073 8801. With lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, a friendly consultant is ready to take your call whenever you need to get in touch.

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A Guide To Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport Accident Claims

An estimated 11 million people passed through Tenerife South–Reina Sofía airport in 2018, with over 800,000 passengers using its services in September 2019 alone. With so many people using the services provided at the airport an accident could occur if the facilities are not correctly maintained.

This guide provides answers to common questions potential claimants may have when injured at the airport which includes things like “Can you sue an airport for a slip, trip or fall accident?” We also touch upon a various types of accidents and how specific incidents may entitle you to seek compensation from a negligent third party.

The guide also covers a variety of injuries which could be sustained from a falling at the airport to a plane crash in Spain. Additionally, we look at how a No Win No Fee agreement could be especially beneficial if you are seeking to pursue a claim for injuries you suffered and losses you incurred.

While you may think you would be restricted to using the services of a Spanish personal injury lawyer when filing a personal injury claim in Spain, the guide provides essential advice on why you should engage the services of a UK-based legal representative and when this may be possible.

Please continue reading to find out more about how you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim for compensation if you were fell ill or were injured in an accident at Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport.

What Is An Accident At Tenerife South Reina Sofia Airport?

In spite of health and safety regulations being set in place in airports throughout the world, an incident can take place at any given time. This is especially true if an environment has not been correctly maintained and basic procedures are negligently overlooked. Should an accident occur through third-party negligence, a personal injury lawyer could provide legal services on a No Win No Fee basis should the following apply to your case:

  • The accident must have been caused due to the negligence on the part of a third party. For example, this could be an airport employee, at an independent café situated in the airport, at a restaurant, or in the airport departure lounge
  • You suffered an injury and/or developed an illness as a result of third party negligence
  • You can prove that a duty of care was owed to you which was breached

If you feel that your injury/illness meets the criteria detailed above, you may have valid grounds to sue for compensation. If you are unsure whether or not your claim could be valid, our advisers can evaluate your circumstances by offering a no obligation consultation free of charge.

Aviation Safety In Spain And Europe

To maintain a reasonable standard of safety in an airport, there are certain precautions and procedures which must be set in place to keep those who use an airport and the facilities as safe as possible. There are rules and laws which prohibit specific items from being carried in an aircraft’s hold and in luggage whether it is check-in or taken as carry on baggage. The items which are prohibited include the following:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Poisons
  • Matches or lighters
  • Bleach
  • Incapacitating sprays
  • Acids
  • Party poppers
  • Explosives/fireworks

There are additional strategies set out by the EU Commission to uphold health and safety which includes the following:

  • Hand Baggage Rules: General guidance as to what can be taken, as listed above, as well as the size/weight of baggage
  • Special Assistance: Those who require additional/special assistance when boarding and/or in-flight are given additional support during flights providing the operator has been for-warned of a person’s needs
  • Medications/Medical Conditions: If you need to take special medication with you when you travel, you can do so providing you hold the correct documentation

Potential Safety Hazards At Airports

There are a number of hazards which can surface in variety of places in an airport whether in a terminal, the car park, or on the tarmac. An airline has a responsibility towards passengers but so does an airport operator and they must reduce the risk of you being harmed or injured whilst using their services.

Hazards to passengers outside an aircraft could include the following:

  • Passengers getting lost
  • Passengers being hit by a vehicle
  • Passengers being injured by aircraft machinery with examples being a propeller, excessive engine noise

Hazards to passengers inside an aircraft could include the following:

  • Fire hazards while refuelling
  • Injuries sustained inside the aircraft with examples being hit by falling baggage or a service trolley

In order to reduce the risk of injury to passengers and workers, there are a number of basic procedures which must be set in place which includes pedestrian routes being clearly marked and sign-posted. Moveable barriers and chains should be used when needed to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.

To find more information on how Tenerife airport should reduce the risk of harm and injury to passengers please click here.

Airport Falls/ Trips And Slips

One of the most common reasons for filing a personal injury claim involve slip, trip and fall incidents. If a public space is ill-maintained, or hazards are not correctly sign-posted, cordoned off, the risk of a slip, trip and/or fall is greatly increased.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a slip, trip or fall accident could happen due to the following:

  • Weather hazards
  • Spillages
  • Oil/water/liquid on surfaces
  • Loose mats/carpets/rugs
  • Icy surfaces
  • Poorly signposted areas
  • Poor lighting
  • Defective/uneven surfaces
  • Obstructions
  • Uneven carpets
  • Irregular housekeeping
  • Poorly maintained equipment

Accidents When Shopping Or In A Restaurant At Tenerife South Reina Sofía

There are many shops, restaurants, cafes and other establishments which operate in Tenerife South airport and they must uphold a reasonable duty of care towards customers, clients and workers at all times. Therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that the risk of accidents is kept to the minimum. The majority of establishments tat serve food should abide by strict health and safety regulations to ensure that hygiene standards are correctly maintained.

A case of food poisoning could occur if food is cross-contaminated, or the wrong allergen advice is printed on a menu/pre-packaged food items. Should you fall ill you may be entitled to seek compensation from the negligent third party. For more information regarding restaurant accidents in Spain in our detailed guide.

Spanish Airport Baggage Related Accidents

A personal injury solicitor could help secure a compensation amount on your behalf for an injury sustained in a baggage related accident. While this type of incident may not seem as common as other airport accidents, they could cause significant injury to passengers and staff alike.

Should airport staff not be sufficiently trained to lift heavy baggage, they could suffer a musculoskeletal injury as a result. Heavy luggage could also injury a passenger if it falls from a trolley as it passes by, or from an overhead compartment.

Providing your claim is deemed to be valid and it falls within the statutory personal injury time limit, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation against a negligent third party.

Airport Accidents In A Lift Or On Escalators

There are numerous methods of transport provided within an airport’s terminal which includes escalators, travellators and lifts. You could sustain an injury when using any of these if the equipment has not been correctly maintained in good working order.

  • A faulty emergency which fails to halt an escalator/travellator when a piece of clothing gets caught in the machinery
  • A lift shaft malfunction while passengers are inside
  • Lift doors which trap a person while entering the lift
  • A damaged, defective or missing handrail

Should you have sustained an injury in an accident caused by ill-maintained airport equipment, you could be entitled to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the negligent third party.

Tenerife South Airport Shuttle Bus And Coach Accidents

As one of Spain’s largest airports, Tenerife South Reina Sofia is used by thousands of people every month. Passengers and other people use airport facilities which includes a shuttle bus or coach service which is a more convenient option from getting from a car park to a terminal. With so much traffic and people milling around, accidents can and do happen which could include while using the following:

  • A shuttle service to travel between the airport and accommodation
  • In an airport car park
  • On the tarmac

If you were involved in a shuttle bus or coach accident which was included in your package holiday, our panel of solicitors could help you file a personal injury claim against the negligent third party. If you are unsure whether your case could be valid and who could be deemed liable, please call a member of our team today.

How Spanish Airport Accident Compensation Claims Work

In cases of UK-based personal injury claims, the process itself can be fairly straight forward when you have a legal expert advise and represent you. However, if your accident claim has to be conducted under Spanish law, the procedure differs from that of UK claims. The time limit to filing a claim also differs in Spain as does the way compensation is calculated which is under a scale system called the ‘Baremo’.

There are three categories under this system which are as follows:

  • Compensation for death
  • Compensation for permanent injury
  • Compensation for temporary injury

Under these categories, each is divided into three categories:

  • Basic personal loss
  • Individual personal loss
  • Financial loss

For more information regarding the Barema system for calculating personal injury compensation for claims filed under Spanish law, please get in touch with a member of our team who will walk you through the process if you were injured in a Tenerife South Reina Sofia airport accident.

Don’t I Need To Find A Spanish Solicitor?

At Accident Claims UK, we specialise in assisting victims of third-party negligence which includes personal injury claims for compensation when injured abroad on a package tour holiday. To find out who could be deemed responsible for the injuries you suffered and whether or not your claim can be filed by a UK-based personal injury lawyer, please get in touch with a member of our team today.

Calculating Compensation For Tenerife South Accident Claims

The table below demonstrates various compensation amounts for a selection of injury types which could be suffered. The amounts provided are based on the Judicial College Guidelines for UK-based successful personal injury claims and are given as a guideline only. For a more accurate assessment, please contact one of our advisers today.

InjurySeverityAmountInformation
Illness/damage from non-traumatic injury (E.g. Food poisoning)Significant discomfort£3,370 to £8,140A person who suffers from such a traumatic illness will feel significant discomfort. This will be in the formation of a range of symptoms, including cramps, altered bowel movements and/or fatigue. The victim will require hospital admission for a few days, although a full recovery will be made within a year timeframe.
Serious but short-lived£8,140 to £16,380Similar symptoms, as previously mentioned, will cause the individual moderate discomfort and disrupt the individual’s bowel function as a result. However, said symptoms will diminish over a 2 to 4-week period, with an impact on bowel function/sex life/enjoyment of food persisting over the few years to follow.
Severe£32,780 to £44,790The sufferer will experience acute pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, among other symptoms, as a result of a non-traumatic induced illness (I.e. Food poisoning). The individual will require hospital admission for several days/weeks, with a full recovery expected to take a significant period of time (I.e. surpassing that of the recovery times previously mentioned).
Neck InjuriesMinor£4,080 to £7,410A full recovery from a neck injury of this severity will usually take place within a one to two-year period. Of many factors, the severity of the victim’s neck injury, consistency of symptoms, and presence of additional symptoms in the back and/or shoulder will be taken into consideration. A form of short-term acceleration and/or exacerbation injuries, usually between one and two years, will also apply to this bracket.
Moderate£23,460 to £36,120 An injury will necessitate spinal fusion and causes the sufferer severe immediate symptoms will be included within this bracket. This could encompass a fracture or dislocation of moderate severity, such as chronic conditions of serious soft tissue injuries to the neck and back combined. They leave impaired function and/or vulnerability to further trauma, with victims unable to function fully during activities.
SevereIn the region of £139,210As a result of a severe neck injury, the victim will suffer incomplete paraplegia or result in permanent spastic quadriparesis. In spite of wearing a collar 24 hours a day for a number of years, the injured person will still retain no movement in the neck and suffer from intractable headaches.
Back InjuriesMinor£85,470 to £151,070The duration of symptoms, as with any minor neck injury, will always be important. With this in mind, this bracket will include less serious strains, sprains, soft tissue injuries, etc. but will look to the severity of the original injury, degree of pain experienced, among other vital factors, in order to award a settlement amount.
Moderate£26,050 to £36,390This bracket contains a wide variety of injuries but, of those, a residual disability of less severity than the bracket below. For example, a case of compression/crush fracture of the lumbar vertebrae (with substantial risk of osteoarthritis/constant pain/discomfort).
Severe£85,470 to £151,070An injury of this severity will involve damage to the spinal cord, nervous routes, and lead to a combination of very serious consequences not typically found in cases of back injury.
Amputation of ArmsLoss of Both Arms£225,960 to £281,520As a result, the effect of an injury such as this will reduce the individual to a state of considerable helplessness.

Special Damages Which Could Awarded For A Tenerife South Accident

UK-based personal injury compensation is awarded in two separate categories known as ‘General Damages’ and ‘Special Damages’.

General Damages – awarded as a way to compensate you for the injuries you sustained.

Special Damages – awarded to cover financial losses incurred due to your injury. As such, you must provide proof of expenditure in the form of receipts and other relevant documents – an example being payslips if you are claiming loss of earnings and future earnings.

Why Should You Select Our Team For Your Case?

Our panel of solicitors have up to thirty years’ experience in conducting personal injury claims for people who suffered injuries or developed an illness through third party negligence. Accident Claims UK provides a free, no obligation consultation to all clients which allows advisers and solicitors the opportunity to assess a claim before offering to represent a client on a No Win No Fee basis.

No Win No Fee Tenerife South Airport Accident Claims

A No Win No Fee Agreement is a financial agreement which states that a solicitors’ fees would be settled once compensation is paid out. This ‘success fee’ is deducted from the personal injury compensation received in a successful personal injury claim. In this instance, it would be a successful Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport Accident Claim against a negligent third party.

If your claim is unsuccessful, you would not have to pay the solicitor their ‘success fee.’ For more information regarding No Win No Fee Agreements (Conditional Fee Agreements), please speak to one of our advisers today.

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