New York City Airport Trip and Fall Lawyer
Were you recently injured in a fall accident at a New York City airport? You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced New York City airport trip and fall lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help you understand your legal rights and options.
Our lawyers have more than four decades of combined legal experience. We’re prepared to take on even the most challenging injury case–and we’ve recovered millions for accident victims across NYC over the years.
Do you need help handling your airport injury case? Call our law offices in New York, New York, to schedule a free consultation today.
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How Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. Can Help After an Airport Trip and Fall Accident in New York City
New York City’s airports are some of the busiest in the world. The airport seems like a sprawling maze of activity. NYC airports are also notoriously congested and poorly maintained. It’s easy to trip and fall over improperly stored luggage, loose carpets, or broken pavement walking to a cab. You might not realize that the airport operators can be held liable if you’re hurt because of negligent airport maintenance.
Unfortunately, holding the airport accountable can be extremely challenging. A New York City personal injury lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help. We have over 40 years of combined experience standing up to big corporations and government authorities.
When you hire us, your attorney will:
- Gather evidence to back up your injury claim
- Consult with experts and specialists to assess the value of your case
- Defend you if the airport tries to blame you for the trip and fall
- Negotiate to recover the highest settlement possible
Multiple parties can be liable if you were hurt at the airport. Our New York City personal injury attorneys will work hard to hold each and every responsible party accountable. To get legal advice you can count on, call our law firm to learn more about our prior results today.
How Common Are Airport Trips and Falls in New York?
JFK is the busiest international airport terminal in North America–and the busiest airport in New York City. In 2019 alone, over 62.5 million passengers passed through JFK in Queens. Nearby Newark Airport served over 43.3 million passengers. Another 8.25 million people visit LaGuardia each year.
Airport injury accidents might not be big news stories. However, with so many people passing through on a daily basis, fall accidents are bound to happen.
What is My NYC Airport Trip and Fall Accident Case Worth?
Compensation for a trip and fall can vary widely from case to case.
Generally, the courts and insurance company will consider:
- The severity of your injuries
- The cost of your past and anticipated future medical treatment
- How many days you miss from work
- The impact of your injury on your career prospects
- The impact of the injury on your quality of life
The highest settlements tend to go to victims who suffer permanent or extremely severe injuries.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Airport Trip and Fall Accident Victims?
If you’ve suffered an unexpected injury, you probably already know how quickly expenses can add up.
Once we find out who was responsible for your injuries, we’ll carefully evaluate your case so that we can demand all available damages. Most personal injury victims are entitled to recover economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic Damages in New York
Economic damages in New York reimburse victims for their expenses after an accident.
Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Future medical expenses
- Lost future earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Property damage
In other words, economic damages are losses that can be supported by some type of documentation. For past expenses, that means receipts and medical bills.
Calculating future damages can be more challenging, especially if your injuries were serious. We’ll work closely with your doctors and specialists to fully understand the expenses you’ll likely incur in the months and years ahead.
Non-Economic Damages in New York
Injuries cause much more than financial harm. Accident victims usually suffer physical pain, stress, inconvenience, and emotional trauma. We’ll fight to recover the compensation you deserve for these non-economic damages.
Some common types of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
This group of damages is most often called “pain and suffering damages.” It can be more difficult to convince the insurance company to hand over the full amount you deserve for your pain and suffering. An experienced accident lawyer can help.
To get the legal help you need, all you have to do is call Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. today for a free case review.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Airport Trip and Fall Accident in New York?
In short, yes. Under New York state law, trip and fall accident victims can recover compensation from anyone who was even partly responsible for the accident. However, under this pure contributory negligence rule, your compensation award will be reduced in proportion to your share of fault.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Airport Trip and Fall Injuries
Dangerous airport conditions cause serious injuries to New York travelers all the time.
Some of the most common injuries sustained in airport trip and falls include:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue damage
- Nerve damage
- Wrist and ankle injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Knee injuries
- Broken hips
Some injuries are so severe that they can cause chronic pain and even paralysis. Others can be fatal.
What Causes Most Airport Trips and Falls in New York, New York?
JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are massive and complex transportation hubs, filled with restaurants, shops, bus stops, and even moving walkways. Any number of things can go wrong to cause airport accidents. The airport and other business owners have a duty to properly maintain the premises to prevent slip and fall accidents.
Some of the most common causes of airport trip and falls in New York City include:
- Slippery floors
- Loose carpeting or flooring
- Uneven pavement
- Potholes in parking lots and walkways
- Missing handrails
- Debris and obstacles in airport walkways
- Malfunctioning elevators and escalators
- Inadequate lighting in corridors and walkways
Many trip and fall accidents occur when a passenger is boarding the plane itself. The flooring on the jet bridges that connect the plane to the airport terminal is often uneven. Slips and falls are also common in public transit areas, such as the AirTrain that connects JFK to NYC or the shuttle bus stations around LaGuardia Airport.
Were you or a loved one injured at the airport? To recover damages, you’ll need to identify the cause of your trip and fall accident. Our slip and fall lawyers at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. can help. Give us a quick call today to learn more about establishing an attorney-client relationship.
How Do I Prove Negligence After an Airport Trip and Fall Accident in NYC?
It can be a challenge for airport operators to keep their premises safe. Still, under New York premises liability laws, property owners are required to take reasonable steps to prevent visitors from getting hurt.
Most airport trip and fall cases are based on negligence. The elements of a negligence claim are:
- A legal duty of care
- Breach of duty
More specifically, airport operators have a duty to:
- Fix any known hazards
- Provide adequate warning if the dangerous condition can’t be fixed immediately
- Regularly inspect the airport premises to identify any hidden dangers
If you’re hurt because the airport failed in this duty, you may have a valid premises liability claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Airport Trip and Fall Accident in New York?
Accident victims have a limited amount of time to protect their right to compensation. In typical cases, the New York statute of limitations gives victims three years to file a personal injury lawsuit.
However, NYC airports are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Different time limits apply when the airport itself was responsible for your injuries because the Port Authority is a government entity.
To preserve your right to compensation, you’re required to file a lawsuit within one year of the accident. You’ll also be required to provide the Port Authority with a notice of your intent to sue for damages at least 60 days before filing a lawsuit.
Contact a New York Premises Liability Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is proud to offer some of the highest quality legal services in NYC and Westchester County. If you were hurt at the airport, call a New York City airport trip and fall lawyer for a free consultation today.