How to legally deal with airport accidents

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Countless people fly daily from or to various airports located in California. And while most of these people go through these facilities without a problem, the unfortunate reality is that only some are successful.

Airport accidents happen frequently and can have long-term consequences on your physical and mental health and your ability to travel from one place to another. If you have recently been injured in one, chances are you are now seeking financial compensation to help cover the cost of the physical, financial and emotional burdens that have been incurred on you.

While airport accidents can occur for any number of reasons, they are often the result of the negligence of airport personnel. The following are the most common causes of airport accidents in California:

  • Inadequate security
  • Defective elevators and escalators
  • Safe conditions in airport restaurants or shops
  • Poor lighting
  • Safe parking lots and sidewalks
  • Unattended spills and slippery surfaces

When you are injured at an airport, it is essential to consider the circumstances that caused your injuries before taking legal action: if airport staff knew in advance about the unsafe conditions that caused your injuries and did nothing to remedy them, you may have Basis for filing a premises liability claim. On the other hand, you may have a valid product liability claim if your mechanical accident was caused by negligence in the design or manufacture of a product used on airport premises, such as an elevator or escalator.

The statute of limitations for airport accident claims in California is generally two years. This means that you must take legal action against the negligent party responsible for your accident within this time frame (which will be taken into account from the date your accident was prevented). The sooner you can draw attention to the facts on which you base your claim, the better. It is important to be aware of this time frame because failure to file your claim within two years may cause your claim to be considered groundbreaking, and you lose all rights to compensation for your injuries.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.