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

Leeds Bradford airport accident claims guide

Leeds Bradford airport accident claims guide

If you work at Leeds Bradford Airport or was using the airport for travel and have an accident whilst there, if someone else was to blame, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim for your injury. All sorts of accidents could occur in an airport from slip, trip and fall accidents, luggage handling accidents to food poisoning from one of the many café’s or restaurants. When someone is injured, not only can it leave them in immense pain, but depending on the type and severity of the injury, can have a devastating effect on their life and lifestyle. If the accident caused an avoidable injury and was the result of negligence or someone’s error, the victim may be able to claim compensation for their accident at Leeds Bradford Airport.

If this has happened to you and you are contemplating making a claim, why not speak to one of our expert personal injury solicitors for advice? Just call Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 and we will be able to assist you.

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A Guide To Claims For Accidents At Leeds Bradford Airport

Filing a claim for compensation could be a daunting prospect especially if you haven’t any legal knowledge or experience in the personal injury claims industry. Therefore, we have put together this guide that is full of information and advice to help you understand what is involved when making a claim. In the guide, we discuss what type of accidents could happen and we look at accidents involving employees. We show what could be included in a claim and also show some of the compensation amounts for certain injuries that you could possibly receive. We also discuss how hiring a personal injury lawyer could benefit you when making your claim and what a no win no fee policy means.  After reading through the guide, if you’d like further help and advice, just contact Accident Claims UK and we will do our best to support you.

What Are Accidents At Leeds Bradford Airport?

A Leeds Bradford Airport accident could potentially consist of incidents from slipping on a spillage, tripping over a suitcase or being hit by luggage falling off a trolley, to being in a collision with an airport vehicle. All sorts of injuries could potentially result from an accident at Leeds Airport from broken or fractured bones, cuts and bruises, to concussion or burns and scalds depending on the accident that took place. Regardless of whether you are a member of the public on their travels or picking someone up from the airport, a delivery person, airport employee or waitress in one of the restaurants, for example, you are owed a duty of care by those who operate the airport, your employer and even contractors to the airport to ensure you are in a safe environment whilst on their premises. The duty of care is upheld by means of having appropriate health and safety policies in place in all areas of the airport, however, if these are not adhered to and an accident occurs, then it may be considered third party negligence.

Leeds Bradford Airport Passenger And Staff Safety Statistics

Passenger and staff safety should be the top priority in an airport and therefore health and safety policies should be kept up to date and all staff trained in the appropriate procedures required to keep an airport a safe environment and any machinery or equipment required to carry out tasks safely should be provided and regularly serviced and maintained. However, if  health and safety policies and procedures are not followed negligence could occur resulting in injuries to staff or visitors of an airport.

According to HSE RIDDOR statistics, in 2013/14, 918 employees in airports were injured. In this year, 1 fatal injury occurred as well as 94 major injuries in total. These figures do not include air cargo handling staff. You can find these statistics here: www.hse.gov.uk/airtransport/statistics.htm .

Common Airport Accidents Affecting Staff Or Passengers

As mentioned, there could be different types of accidents that could potentially occur in Leeds Bradford Airport. These could potentially range from minor to very serious accidents and could include:

  • Lift, stairs and escalator accidents
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Ramp accidents
  • Lifting and handling accidents
  • Fire
  • Aeroplane or helicopter crash
  • Airport vehicle or shuttle accident
  • Accidents with hot food or drink
  • Food poisoning
  • Baggage handling accidents
  • Luggage trolley accidents
  • Falling from a height
  • Over-stacked trolleys accidents
  • Emergency landings

Some of the injuries that may potentially arise from an airport accident could include:

  • Concussion or other head injuries
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Burns and scalds
  • Food poisoning illnesses
  • Bruising
  • Sprains and strains
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Possibly death in serious accidents

If you have been injured due to negligence that caused an accident at Leeds Bradford Airport, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Claims UK and speak to one of our experienced personal injury solicitors.

Falling, Slipping And Tripping Injuries At Airports

According to HSE statistics, slip, trip and fall injuries are the second most common amongst staff type injuries to happen in an airport, with baggage handling injuries being the most common. Slip, trip or fall injuries can occur in a variety of different circumstances from slipping over a spillage in an airport café, to tripping over whilst embarking or disembarking an aircraft. If the accident is due to someone else’s mistake and they had a duty to ensure your health and safety, you may have a valid reason to make a compensation claim.

Some examples of these types of accidents may include:

  • Tripping over whilst entering or exiting a lift due to uneven floor levels
  • Falling down in an escalator if it stops all of a sudden
  • Slipping on a wet surface where the floors have been cleaned but no warning sign erected
  • Slipping on a spillage or piece of food that hasn’t been cleared within a reasonable length of time
  • Falling over when embarking or disembarking the aircraft or transport shuttle
  • Tripping over suitcases or other obstructions in the walkways
  • Being knocked over by the luggage trolley

Accidents In Airports Caused By Luggage And Luggage Carts

It is vital that those workers who attend and manage travellers luggage and baggage do so in a safe manner, as over loaded carts, baggage carousels that are loaded incorrectly and vehicles that travel through the airport containing passengers luggage can all cause accidents if they are not managed in the correct way. Also luggage and bags that are left in walk ways and unattended in airports can all caused tripping hazards and spaces need to be clear in order for busy airports to function correctly.

Accidents On An Elevator Or A Lift

If a lift closes its doors too suddenly, it’s possible you could trap your hands or feet in the door causing a crushing injury, or if the lift has not stopped level with the floor you are either stepping onto or off of, then this could cause you to trip up or step down awkwardly resulting in injuries. Using an escalator may also present potential hazards also. You should hold on when travelling on the escalator in case of an emergency stop which could cause you to fall down. If you have been injured in an accident at Leeds Bradford Airport due to the faulty workings of a lift or escalator, if liability can be proven you may have a case to claim compensation for your injuries.

Accidents When Using Airport Shuttle Buses

Different shuttle buses may be used at airports for a number of different reasons. Some may be for transporting passengers to and from the aircraft and some for luggage transportation for example. There may also be other vehicles used in and around the airport such as electrical vehicles used for transporting luggage and some that are used by disabled or elderly people. If you are injured in an accident while using an airport shuttle bus or any airport vehicle, if it is proven that the accident was avoidable and it was due to third party negligence you may have the basis for an airport accident claim.

Accidents In Leeds Bradford Airport Restaurants And Shops

At Leeds Bradford Airport there are numerous different shops and restaurants. Some of the shops that are at the airport include:

  • Boots
  • Accessorize
  • WH Smiths
  • World Duty Free
  • Cargo Travel Essentials
  • Leeds United Football Club Shop
  • InMotion

Some of the restaurants that are at Leeds Bradford airport include:

  • Burger King
  • Cabin Bar
  • Caffe Ritazza
  • The Beer House
  • Starbucks
  • Camden Food Co
  • The Saltaire Bar

As well as common accidents such as slip and fall accidents, accidents involving hot food or drink could also occur as well as kitchen accidents such as accidents involving cooking equipment, sharp kitchen tools and hot appliances. But also, cases of food poisoning could also potentially occur due to incorrectly prepared or cooked food, food being out of date or incorrectly stored or through cross-contamination of cooked and raw meats and seafood. Another problem that may occur if food isn’t labelled sufficiently is illnesses relating to food allergies. Cases of food poisoning and allergies can range from minor to severe and even life-threatening. If you have been avoidably injured in a Leeds Bradford airport restaurant, or become unnecessarily ill after eating or drinking from there, call our team today to find out what your next step could be.

Accidents Affecting General Airport Staff

There are many different roles to cater for all of an airports facilities, such as staff in airport shops, waitresses and chefs in Leeds Bradford Airport restaurants, specially trained staff to give assistance at Leeds Bradford Airport check-in and many more.

Leeds Bradford Airport and other employers within the airport setting legally owe employees a duty of care to provide for them a safe and healthy working environment and therefore measures must be in place to ensure this is the case. This may involve training staff in specific health and safety policies and procedures, providing protective equipment or clothing where necessary, and ensuring all electrical equipment and machinery of any sort is serviced regularly and maintained to a safe working standard for example. If a member of staff is injured due to employer negligence then they may be entitled to make a claim against their employer.

Some people may be worried that if they claim against their employer that they may be reprimanded or sacked for doing so, but they needn’t worry. The employer could get in trouble if they were to do this, and besides, they are legally required to hold liability insurance and so it would be the insurance that would pay any compensation claim rather than the employer themselves.

Accidents Affecting Baggage Handlers

In 2013/14 HSE RIDDOR produced statistics for the air transport industry, it can clearly be seen that baggage handlers are the most likely to be injured with 39% of injuries involving lifting and handling. There could potentially be numerous accidents and injuries that could involve baggage handlers including:

  • Sprains and strains due to poor lifting and handling techniques
  • Head or crushing injuries from luggage falling from a height
  • Accidents involving luggage transport
  • Falling from a height
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Accidents involving defective equipment and machinery

Leeds Bradford Airport has a duty of care to provide its baggage handling staff with the correct training, equipment and machinery to allow them to carry out their job in a safe way. If an airport fails in their duty of care to protect the health and safety of their employees, they could be sued for negligence should an employee become injured through an accident caused by employer negligence.

Calculating Personal Injury Accident Claims

In the table below we are able to show the compensation amounts set in the latest Judicial College Guidelines for certain injuries and their severity. Although we cannot actually tell you exactly what you may receive in compensation should you have a successful claim as all claims are unique and differ in numerous ways, we can use this table as a rough guide to demonstrate to you what amounts may be possible to win depending on your individual circumstances.

Injury Severity AmountComments on severity
Brain InjuryModerately Severe Brain Damage£205,580 to £264,650In this bracket injuries will leave the person very disabled. There will be substantial dependence on others and a need for constant professional and other care. Disabilities may be physical, for example, limb paralysis, or cognitive, with marked impairment of intellect and personality.
Neck Injury Moderate £12,900 to £23,460This can include soft tissue injuries or damage to discs which leads to loss of mobility, permanent pain and stiffness, wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type resulting in cervical spondylosis, serious limitation of movement. It can also include pre-existing conditions that have been made worse the injury.
Shoulder Injury Serious£11,980 to £18,020This bracket generally includes rotator cuff injuries that fail to heal after surgery. It also includes dislocations that lead to damage to the brachial plexus, which results in symptoms like pain in the shoulder, neck and elbow, as well as sensory issues in the arm and hand.
Arm injury Severe £90,250 to £122,860In this bracket, there will be injuries that are severe enough to leave the person no better off than if they had lost the entire arm. These injuries will commonly result in the complete loss of use in the arm.
Wrist Injury Very Minor £3,310 to £4,450Injuries here will be simple fractures that are non-displaced or only partially displaced, as well as soft tissue damage which results in the need for immobilisation through a cast or bandage, with a full recovery expected in 12 months.
Back Injury Severe£36,390 to £65,440This bracket covers injuries with fractures to the discs or vertebrae that make up the spine, as well as soft tissue damage which leads to pain, discomfort, impairment to agility, sexual function, as well as depression, alcohol abuse, and damage to employment prospects.
Hip or Pelvis Injury Severe£36,770 to £49,270This bracket commonly covers injuries that require a hip replacement. It can also cover injuries where a hip replacement has taken place but was not successful and is at risk of needing future corrective treatment.
Leg Injury Moderate £26,050 to £36,790Injuries here include those of multiple fractures and crushing injuries to one leg. This award leaves room for variation, and can vary according to severity, how long symptoms take to recover, as well as the risk of needing future surgery after degenerative changes take place.
Knee Injury Severe £24,580 to £40,770This includes damage to the knee which leads to some disability with symptoms like pain, discomfort, loss of mobility, and deformity within the joint, with an increased risk of degenerative changes and future need of surgical intervention.
Food PoisoningModerate £3,710 to £8,950A complete recovery will be made between one and two years. Hospitalisation may have occurred due to significant discomfort a long with pain and alteration to bowel function.
Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderModerately Severe£21,730 to £56,180The symptoms will cause significant disability for the future and professional help will be needed.

The amounts in this table are guidelines for the  injury or illness sustained and do not include what you may be owed in other areas of your claim which we discuss below in the guide.

Special Damages Which May Be Claimed For

As mentioned above, there are various items that can be included in a compensation claim as well as the injury itself, these include:

  • General Damages – These are in relation to the actual injury or illness itself, the physical effects as well as any psychological effects or trauma also. In order to claim the maximum amount, it is essential that you have a medical diagnosis as the medical report may be able to show the type and severity of the injury, the treatment required and approximate estimation of recovery time and if any long term effects could be expected.
  • Travel Expenses – Any expenses incurred that relate to travel as a direct consequence of your injury could be included in the claim. This can also include any money spent on any vehicle adaptions needed to cater for your injury.
  • Medical Expenses – Costs such as prescription costs, private care and treatment costs, counselling costs etc that you have had to pay due to your injury could be included in the claim.
  • Care Claim – If you have needed home help since your injury you could start a care claim.
  • Loss Of Income – If you have needed to take time away from work to recover, or in more serious cases cannot return to work because of your injury, you could include any wages lost or future wages that are to be lost in your claim.

If you have an experienced personal injury solicitor to make your claim for you, they may be able to make sure that everything you can claim for is included in your claim to ensure the maximum amount is fought for.

No Win No Fee Accident Claims Against Leeds Bradford Airport

At Accident Claims UK, all our personal injury solicitors offer a no win no fee service. Otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement, no win no fee could make getting legal help affordable to anyone including those with lower finances. This is because, unlike a pay by the hour solicitor, a no win no fee solicitor doesn’t ask for any payments upfront or during the claiming process. They may only get paid if they successfully win your case for you and their payment is taken as a percentage of the claim amount awarded. This percentage legally is not allowed to be any more than 25%, therefore leaving you with a minimum of 75% of your compensation award.

If however, again unlike a pay by the hour solicitor, in the unlikely case that they are not successful with your claim, you may not be expected to pay your solicitor any fees. Having an experienced legal representative conduct your claim on your behalf could increase the likelihood of a successful outcome and also the chance of receiving the maximum award possible for your case and no win no fee could provide an affordable option for doing this. Call Accident Claims UK today to get your claim started with one of our expert no win no fee solicitors.

Why Select Accident Claims UK To Handle Your Claim?

With there being so many personal injury claims firms available, you may wonder what makes our firm so special. Accident Claims UK has solicitors who have been in the industry for almost 30 years and so have many years of experience in successfully filing claims for compensation. We offer a brilliant service including offering our no win no fee policy, free consultation and expert advice. Also, our panel of solicitors could also arrange a local medical for you if needs be. We have a great track record and many extremely satisfied clients over the years often winning them the maximum compensation award possible for their individual circumstances. As soon as we take on your case, we could set to work immediately gathering the required evidence to build a strong case. We work quickly but efficiently to get you the compensation you deserve in a timely manner. We could take care of every aspect of the case leaving you to concentrate on your recovery.

If you choose us to handle your claim, we honestly and truly believe you will not be disappointed.

Start Your Claim Against Leeds Bradford Airport

If you’d like us to make your claim on your behalf, starting the claim couldn’t be easier, just contact us at Accident Claims UK on 0800 073 8801 and we can get the ball rolling.

First, we will give you a free consultation where we can discuss with you the details surrounding your claim and you can also use this time to ask any initial questions you may have about making a claim or even about us.

Once we have all the details and have concluded that you may, in fact, have a valid cause to claim, we will set to work on your case immediately to get you the compensation owed to you as soon as we can.

Further Recommended Resources

Work Accident Claims Time Limit Guide

If you have an accident whilst working at Leeds Bradford airport, this guide provides information on how long you have to make a claim.

Slipped In Toilet Accident Claims Guide

If you slipped and fell and were injured whilst using the amenities in an airport, this guide to claiming compensation will be helpful.

Workers Health & Safety

This leads to the HSE site that gives information on worker’s health and safety and their rights and responsibilities and their employer’s responsibilities.

Article by KH

Edited by PM.