Category Archives: Airline passenger injury cases

At the Airport who goes first ?

Many vehicles make the Air Operations Area ("AOA") a busy place at international airports. Luggage tugs, fuel trucks, maintenance vehicles and jets must all follow the rules of the runway so as to avoid injury and loss to airport workers and airline passengers
Many vehicles make the Air Operations Area (“AOA”) a busy place at international airports. Luggage tugs, fuel trucks, maintenance vehicles and jets must all follow the rules of the runway so as to avoid injury and loss to airport workers and airline passengers

When we were kids, there were always arguments about who got to “go first.”  But at the airport, this question takes on great importance.  With large jets, small luggage tugs, turbo props and fuel trucks all using the same surface area, air travelers wonder how chaos is avoided when there are no “aircraft traffic cops” out on the runways !  On the Air Operations Area (“AOA”), “there is a definite pecking order,” according to airport injury lawyer Doug Landau of the Herndon Virginia law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd.  “We have tried a case where one airport employee tried to “play chicken,” with another craft operator on the AOA, resulting in permanent injury to our innocent client. We have helped other airline employees injured when luggage tugs crash into other airport property, and when airline maintenance vehicles are struck by airline equipment operators.  Lawyer Landau adds, “These international airport accidents can result in both state workers compensation claims AND personal injury cases.  Disabled airport workers, airline employees and passengers need to know their legal rights and time limits, as there are special rules Continue reading

Airport Injury Lawyer Doug Landau Urges Virginia to Fill Fairfax Judge Vacancies

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has proposed funding for only 15 of 44 vacant judgeships statewide.  Fairfax, currently down four judges, is not on the list to receive any new judges.

On numerous occasions, Airport Accident Attorney Doug Landau has arrived at the Fairfax Circuit Court with his clients — many of whom are injured airline employees or victims of airport accidents —  only to learn that there were not enough judges on that day !   But since we at ABRAMS LANDAU typically invest the time, effort and money to have our treating doctor’s deposition videotaped, we were asked to come back on another day !

As far as Landau is concerned, “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied.”

Fairfax is not on the list for funding for judicial slots due largely to the way caseload is measured:

  • Fairfax considers a criminal case as one case, no matter how many charges are brought against the defendant, while most other jurisdictions treat each charge separately; and
  • Civil cases, which are much more common and more complex in Fairfax, are not considered in the measurement.  These cases require considerable more judicial resources than criminal cases.

If these errors in calculation are corrected Continue reading

Special Accident Inspection Rules for the Airport Operations Area

Unlike this delicious Maple Syrup, the Airport Operation Area is subject to Federal inspection, not local police investigation.  The "Wm Abrams" on the label is no relation to ABRAMS LANDAU founder William Abrams, Esq.
Unlike this delicious Maple Syrup, the Airport Operation Area is subject to Federal inspection, not local police investigation. The “Wm Abrams” on the label is no relation to ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. founder William Abrams, Esq.

When I am injured at the airport deplaning, or collecting my luggage, why can’t the local police investigate my airport accident case ?  Passenger and airline employee injuries that occur at Dulles and National Airports’ “Airports Operation Area” (or “AOA”) are investigated by the Airport Police. The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (“MWAA”) has its own police force.  The MWAA Police have jurisdiction over the AOA, runways and airport “sterile areas” (the areas beyond the TASA security inspections). As the runways and “secure areas” of the airport are under Federal Authority, the local Loudoun County, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria Virgnia Police cannot inspect the scene of an accident.

According to Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau, that is one reason investigation personal injury cases at the international airports is more difficult than a car crash case or slip and fall accident outside of the airport. “It is best to get the MWAA Police and First Responders’ Reports as soon as possible, and then interview the airlines employees and passengers who may have witnessed the accident. Many areas of the airport are filmed for security reasons, and preserving the tape or CD should also be a priority.”

Landau adds, ” Getting the best, experienced airport injury lawyer for your or a loved one’s case should be accomplished as soon as their medical care has stabilized. No oral or written statements should be given until counsel has been retained.  Photos of the injury sites and preservation of the evidence are also important action items.”  If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of an airport slip and fall, vehicle crash or other air travel related accident and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.

Prescription Help for the Injured and Disabled

If you have ever been injured — in an airport accident, or under any other circumstance – then you know that getting and paying for your prescription medication  can be an unwelcome hassle during a difficult time.  ABRAMS LANDAU airport injury lawyer Doug Landau tells his clients about IWP, a national pharmacy service working on behalf of injured individuals.

“Clients who have suffered a debilitating injury at an airport can use some help to make their lives just a bit easier.  I think IWP offers a great service and is setting the standard for pharmacy care for the injured,” says Doug.

If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, in an automobile accident, at an airport, or anywhere else, and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555).

Where Must Foreign and Domestic Cruise Ship or Air Travel Lawsuits be Filed ?

While most Dulles Airport accident cases filed by ABRAMS LANDAU have been set in the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia, the Leesburg courthouse is not the only venue for Norther Virginia AIrline cases to be heard
While most Dulles Airport accident cases filed by ABRAMS LANDAU have been set in the Circuit Court of Loudoun County, Virginia, the Leesburg courthouse is not the only venue for Northern Virginia Airline or airport injury cases to be heard by a jury.

In light of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster off the coast of Italy, travelers are learning that they are limited as to where they may file a lawsuit to get reimbursement for their losses. Because of the fine print on the cruise’s tickets, the injured passengers’ lawsuits must be filed in Italy. For a Costa cruise that touches any part of the U.S., the ticket contract says the lawsuits should be filed in Federal Court in South Florida. The same is true for Carnival Cruise Lines, which owns Costa, and many other major cruise lines. But for cruises that travel only outside of the United States, the ticket usually mandates that any claims be brought where the foreign shipping company’s base of operations or corporate headquarters are located. These “choice of forum” clauses in the cruise line industry are not as common in other forms of travel, according to yesterday’s article in Lawyers Weekly.

Lawsuits against airlines can be brought almost anywhere the air carrier does business for domestic flights. For injuries in international flights, lawsuits can generally be brought in the airlines home location or where the flight departed, among other venues. According to Doug Landau of the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., the injured air traveler may have several choices when it comes to where to bring the claim. Lawyer Landau notes that the negligent defendant, whether airline, bus company or other “common carrier,” can generally be sued where they “live” (i.e., their headquarters or main Continue reading

Why can’t local police investigate my airport injury ?

According to air travel attorney Doug Landau, this local Wincheter Poiice car wold not be allowed on the Dulles Airport Air Operations Area to investigate an accidental injury
According to air travel attorney Doug Landau, this local Wincheter Poiice car wold not be allowed on the Dulles Airport Air Operations Area (IAD AOA) to investigate an accidental injury case

Local police cannot investigate airport injury cases that take place in “sterile areas” or the AOA because of Federal rules and regulations. Dulles area airport injury lawyer Doug Landau explains what these terms mean and why they are important to air travel accident cases.

What is a “sterile area” at an airport ? Is it really clean ? Does it have an autoclave ? No, it is simply the area from the security checkpoints back to the gates, jets, tarmac and midfield terminals. It is the part of the airport AFTER you get in line to be checked by TSA Personnel. Local police are normally not allowed to investigate accidents, crimes or other incidents in this special area. The Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) controls Continue reading