News sources inevitably report crashes and acts of terrorism at airports or on planes because those events are uncommon and, therefore, newsworthy. However, airports are prime locations for slip and fall accidents, given that they are typically chaotic places full of busy passengers rushing to get to their gates on time. This is particularly true of large international airports, like Los Angeles International, which see tens of millions of passengers every year.
If you slipped, fell, and sustained injuries on a plane or in any of Southern California’s airports, or if you suffered injuries from rogue food carts or falling baggage, you should not hesitate to consult our team at Salamati Law. Regardless of how minor your injuries might appear to be, an experienced attorney can review your claim, explain your legal rights, and determine if you have a basis to file a slip and fall lawsuit. You should not have to pay for injuries or experience any financial hardship as a result of someone else’s negligence.
What Happens if You Slip and Fall at an Airport?
Airport slip and fall cases can be challenging, so it is important to hire a personal injury lawyer with extensive experience with lawsuits against commercial airports and the businesses that operate in them. Airports have dozens of restaurants, shops, and retail establishments, any one of which might bear liability, in addition to the primary airport authority. The question of who is at fault for your injury depends on where you were when you slipped and fell.
For example, if you were dining at an eatery and slipped on liquid that a waiter had left on the floor, a lawsuit may be filed against that eatery. Alternatively, if you were injured in a main area of the airport, away from any individual establishment, then you might file a lawsuit against the airport itself. If you tripped and fell on an uneven airplane ramp, your lawyer might determine that you have a legitimate claim against the airline or contractors responsible for maintaining that ramp.
Slip and Fall Accidents at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
As the largest and busiest airport in Southern California, LAX is no stranger to slip and fall accidents. If you were hurt at LAX, ensure you retain a skilled lawyer familiar with their operations and the many entities that might be liable for your injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents at Ontario International Airport
LAX’s smaller and slightly older cousin to the east, Ontario Airport, is less crowded and has fewer businesses than LAX but exposes travelers to similar slip and fall risks. If you were hurt at Ontario Airport, hire an attorney familiar with the procedures for filing accident and injury lawsuits in San Bernardino County.
Slip and Fall Accidents at John Wayne Airport
More than 11 million passengers safely pass through John Wayne Airport annually. However, if you were injured, your slip and fall accident lawsuit against it or any of its businesses will proceed through the Superior Court of California in Orange County.
What Happens if You’re Injured on a Plane?
Airlines are legally responsible for doing everything reasonably possible to ensure the safety of all passengers. That includes providing a safe ingress and egress down jetways and airplane aisles. For example, when an airline fails to secure a frayed carpet in an aisle, the airline may be directly responsible for a slip and fall accident.
Even in cases of “acts of God,” such as in-flight turbulence, the airline might be held liable for injuries resulting from a slip and fall accident if the injured party can show that the pilot failed to check the weather conditions or that flight attendants failed to advise passengers to remain seated and fasten their seatbelts.
Contact Salamati Law for a Free Consultation
We have helped accident victims in Los Angeles to recover the largest available damages awards for over 20 years. Please call our Los Angeles offices to schedule a free consultation. We are happy to advise you on your legal options and have your airport slip and fall case evaluated by an experienced Los Angeles slip and fall attorney.
We offers vigorous legal representation in and out of the courtroom. We fight hard so that you have the best chance of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic damages.
Additional resources for slip and fall victims:
- Travel Channel, How to Stay Safe at the Airport, https://www.travelchannel.com/roam-blog/news-deals/how-to-stay-safe-at-the-airport
- Quartzy, Overstuffed Carry-On Bags Are Causing a Serious Safety Hazard, Say Flight Attendants, https://qz.com/quartzy/1289295/the-basic-economy-era-heavier-carry-on-luggage-has-increased-risks-on-board/