Airports are crowded with passengers who are rushing to reach their plane on time, but in their haste, they may run the risk of slipping, falling and suffering an injury. They are frequently carrying heavy luggage, which only serves to compound the situation. In addition, the chaotic atmosphere of the airport may cause some passengers to become confused and bewildered, as they try to read signs and pay attention to the PA announcements. As a result of being in such an environment, they may fail to notice obstacles, such as a suitcase or spilled water that may cause them to slip, trip and fall.
Since Fort Lauderdale has become a year-round tourist destination, such potentially disastrous slip-and-fall accidents can occur at any time. Within the airport, accidents can take place inside private restaurants, bars and retail stores where passengers often go while waiting to board their plane.
Such establishments have a duty to provide you with a reasonably safe place to relax, and have a meal and/or drink. However, if you slip and fall, and suffer an injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and relevant expenses, including the cost of changed travel arrangements, lost earnings, and potential future income, which is dependent on the amount of time you need to recuperate from your injury.
Several companies are conducting business at airports, thereby making it difficult to determine exactly which company is at fault for causing your accident. In some instances, you may be a visitor from another state or country, and thus, should hire local counsel who are familiar with the laws of the state of Florida, should you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit.
If you were injured at an airport due to the negligence of an airport employee or other individual, call the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Chalik & Chalik Injury Lawyers.