Airport and Airplane Accidents | What to Know

Lots of Californians live a jet-setting life. As a result, we find ourselves in and out of airports often. When we worry about becoming injured, we might think about a plane accident. But, we don’t often consider the possibility of becoming injured in an airport or on an airplane itself. Read on for more information regarding airport and airplane accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.

What Kind of Injuries Commonly Occur?

Airport injuries:

  • An injury at baggage claim
  • Slip and falls resulting from wet floors, restaurant spills, etc.
  • On trams, escalators, and other transportation systems
  • Airport construction and remodeling projects
  • Curbside accidents: shuttles, taxis, etc.

Airplane injuries:

  • Items falling onto passengers from overhead storage that have not been properly stored
  • Beverage carts injuring passengers in aisle seats
  • Scalding liquid spilling onto passengers
  • Passengers falling or slipping while walking to and from the lavatory
  • Airline personnel failing to react during a passenger’s medical emergency
  • An injury boarding or deplaning

Who is Responsible for an Injury?

It can be difficult to determine which party should be held responsible. Do you want to sue the airline? The airport itself? A business within the airport? As a result, you will want to contact a skilled personal injury attorney who can help you take the next steps in recovering the compensation you deserve.

How can I Recover Compensation from an Airport Injury?

In order to recover compensation, you will need to prove that some sort of negligence occurred to cause your injury. To do this, you will need to provide evidence. This may include taking photos or videos of the hazardous conditions that caused your accident and gathering the contact information of anyone who witnessed the injury. Additionally, you should seek medical attention to ensure that your injuries are treated, while simultaneously providing documentation of your injury. Lastly, you will need to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. In California, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. If you do not file within these two years, you may lose your opportunity to recover compensation. Additionally, you may have to file a Notice of Claim, warning the airport that you are planning on taking legal action. The deadline for a Notice of Claim is usually much shorter. To make sure you file by the necessary deadlines, contact our firm today.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an airport or airplane accident, contact us.


When someone is wrongly injured in an accident, they often require financial compensation to heal. That’s where we come in. Contact the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady today to learn more about what our firm can do for you.