What to Know About Airport Accidents in Pennsylvania

If you find yourself traveling this summer, it is important to be prepared for all possible outcomes. Unfortunately, this includes knowing about airport accidents. Read on to learn more about airport accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.

How do Airport Accidents Occur?

The most common causes of airport accidents include:

  1. A baggage claim injury
  2. Slip and falls resulting from wet floors, restaurant spills, etc.
  3. On trams, escalators, elevators and other transportation systems
  4. Airport construction, remodeling projects and debris
  5. Curbside accidents resulting from shuttles, taxis, etc.
  6. Parking lot accidents resulting from potholes, poor lighting, lack of security, etc.

What do I do After an Accident?

In order to recover compensation, you will have to provide proof that your accident was caused by the negligence of another party. In order to do this, you should be sure to call 911 at the scene of the accident. Many people do not think to call 911, but the police can send an ambulance, file an accident report, interview witnesses, and more. Additionally, some people attempt to go home and recover without seeking medical attention. This is generally a bad idea, as going to the doctor can provide you with important proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.

How Long do I Have to File a Claim?

Generally, in Pennsylvania, you will have two years to file a personal injury claim. This means that if you do not file your claim within two years of your injury, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation. Additionally, airports are usually government property. If this is the case, you must file a Notice of Claim. A Notice of Claim is a document that notifies the airport that you intend to take legal action. This must be filed early on in the process. Failing to file in time will mean you will be barred from taking legal action. To avoid this, contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

If you have been injured in an airport accident, you will need the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your case.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.

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