New Hampshire property owners are obligated to provide a safe environment for their guests. Property includes both private residences and places of business, such as a department store or an airport. The latter, for instance, can be a busy place with lots of people coming and going. If the grounds are not clean and clear of debris, a slip-and-fall accident might occur.
Issues that increase the risk of airport accidents
Any number of issues can arise at an airport that would place a visitor or worker at risk for injury. If maintenance workers do not fulfill their duties, there could be garbage or spilled drinks lying around on the floor. An unsuspecting traveler might be walking to board a flight or to get something to eat and suddenly wind up hitting the floor after slipping on a slick surface.
Other types of injuries can occur at airports as well
While slip-and-fall injuries are common, an airport guest can also suffer injuries in other ways. Perhaps poor lighting conditions cause someone to fall down a flight of stairs. A distracted shuttle driver might accidentally run over a pedestrian in the parking lot. Any type of mishap that results injury may be grounds for filing a premises liability claim.
Who is liable?
If there is evidence to show that a property owner was negligent in his or her duty to provide a safe environment to guests, financial responsibility for another person’s injuries could result. In addition to airport authorities, shuttle drivers, restaurant owners and vendors may also be named as defendants in a premises liability case if a plaintiff can show that his or her negligence was a direct cause of injury. Court-awarded compensation can be used to help pay medical expenses or to alleviate other financial distress associated with an airport accident.