Category Archives: Airport slip/trip and fall accidents

Airline Pilot’s slip and fall injury winning decision affirmed on appeal

ABRAMS LANDAU was asked to assist an Airline Captain as the result of an accident on the tarmac.  This pilot slipped on a wet ramp and fell while deplaning.  An Accident Report was filled out for this injury on the Air Operations Area (“A.O.A.”), and the pilot missed only two weeks from work after seeing an orthopedic doctor when he got back to Virginia.  When his symptoms continued for over a year, the pilot had surgery on his left leg for a tear of the meniscus.  However, there was a complication during surgery.  He was hospitalized for clots as an after-effect of the surgery.  He was disabled for 7 weeks thereafter and incurred medical bills in excess of $30,000.  As the carrier had already denied the claim, we asked for an immediate Workers Compensation Hearing.

At trial, the ABRAMS LANDAU team won an Award for this hard-working pilot, who had worked his way up in the airline from his start as an airplane mechanic.  The Workers Compensation Award included: coverage for the compensable consequence of his surgery, payment of all medical bills, travel mileage reimbursement, and future permanency.  In injury cases, the responsible party may have to pay for the original injury, as well as the complications or “compensable consequences” of the original injury.  This is important because this pilot’s problems all began with that fateful slip on a wet ramp while he was on the job over a year prior to the surgery itself.  What seemed like an inconsequential injury turned out to be a very big deal!  Luckily he sought the advice of Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau.  If you or someone you know has been injured in a job-related accident with lingering effects of the injury and there are questions about your eligibility for a Workers’ Compensation claim, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555).

How does an injured airport employee sue for an on the job accident ?

Measuring wheel, Herndon Virginia airport injury lawyer Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU experienced counsel investigate research prosecute permanent injury airport negligence airline employees liability claims
Measuring wheel in hand, Herndon Virginia airport injury lawyer Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU stresses the importance of getting experienced counsel to investigate, reseach and prosecute permanent injury airport negligence and airline employees "third party liability claim"

If an airport or airline employee is hurt on the job, they may be able to bring a negligence claim for the unsafe actions of the person who caused their injuries. “The disabled worker may have a viable workers comp claim, but the comp benefits are limited,” according to Virginia airport accident lawyer Doug Landau.

For example, when a National, Dulles or Richmond Airport worker slips and falls on the job through no fault of their own, they may bring a state comp claim AND pursue a “third party liability claim.” The reason it must be a “third party” or “stranger to the work,” is because an airline or airport worker generally cannot sue a co-worker or boss. But claims against someone not under the “umbrella of workers comp” CAN be sued for money damages adds Landau, of the Herndon Virginia law firm, ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. To bring such a claim successfully, the injured worker should retain experienced counsel, critical evidence should be gathered, and liability investigation completed while the injuries are still healing. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of an accident at an airport or in flight, and there are questions about what laws apply, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once, so that timely investigation can be conducted by counsel on your behalf.

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

Airport Injury Cases are Different

The unusual vehicles and "pecking order" at the Airport makes for unique issues that require an experienced lawyer for airline and air travel accdent cases
The unusual vehicles and "pecking order" at Airports make for unique issues that require an experienced airport injury lawyer for airline and air travel accident cases

Anyone who tells you otherwise does not know what they are talking about ! The major airports throughout the United States have special rules, unique protections and protocols that we will explore in future posts. Even a “simple” slip and fall case where a passenger is injured while trying to board an aircraft is subject to special rules. The local police are not even allowed on the tarmac to investigate.

For example, at Reagan National Airport (“DCA”) or Dulles International Airport (“IAD”) outside of Washington, D.C., only the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority (“MWAA”) are allowed on the “Air Operations Area” (“AOA”), as this ground is controlled by the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”). The MWAA police may then be investigating a co-worker who is also in the employment of Dulles or National Airport ! Many people may believe this to be a clear “conflict of interest” and unfair to the travelling public.

That is why it is so important to engage legal counsel experienced in these kinds of unique cases, investigate these incidents quickly and preserve the evidence before it is destroyed, lost or recorded over. If you or someone you know or care for has been injured as the result of an accident at an airport or due to an airline’s unsafe decisions, and there are questions about what laws apply and how to seek reimbursement for all harms and losses, e-mail or call us at ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. (703-796-9555) at once.