Strange as it may sound, suitcases are responsible for many injuries at airports and on planes. Affecting airport staff, cabin crews and travellers, suitcase injuries vary in type and severity. Here are some of the most common injuries suitcases can cause.
Common injuries suitcases can cause
The most common injuries suitcases can cause are injuries by tripping over them, which include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Sprains to ankles and wrists
- Depending on where a tripping accident occurs, injuries may consist of:
- Broken limbs
- Head, back or neck injuries of varying severity
Excessively heavy suitcases can cause:
- Muscle pulls and sprains
- Injuries to the back
- Bruised or broken toes (if dropped onto your feet)
Injuries suitcases can cause when falling off overhead storage compartments may include bruises, grazes and/or cuts to the head, neck or shoulders and upper limbs. In extreme cases, falling suitcases may also cause concussions.
Most suitcase-related accidents can be prevented by:
- Keeping suitcases at a reasonable, easily manageable weight
- Lifting and carrying suitcases in accordance with safe manual handling procedures
- Not cluttering pathways or aeroplane gangways with cases
- Using safe working and manual handling procedures when transferring checked luggage to and from aeroplanes
- Properly securing luggage in overhead compartments
If you suffered an injury in a suitcase accident for which someone else was responsible, you could be eligible to make a personal injury claim.
When and how to claim
Airport accident claims must be set into motion within three years of the date you sustained your airport injury. You can get helpful airport accident advice and learn more about claiming for compensation by calling our 24/7 Accident Advice Helpline freephone helpline.
We are not a claims management company, but a law firm established specifically to assist people like you in getting the compensation their injuries entitle them to. Our nationwide legal team and helpline advisors have more than 15 years’ worth of experience in dealing with airport accident-related claims.
This, combined with our in-house solicitors’ impressive track record, makes us the perfect choice for getting the compensation due to you fast, hassle-free and efficiently. Our 100% no-win, no-fee* policy also ensures you do not have to worry about funding your claim. Any legal and other fees we incur during the claim process will be covered by a percentage deducted from your awarded compensation.
Get more detailed information and enlist our legal assistance by speaking to our advisors on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 (respective numbers for calls from UK landlines or mobiles) today.
Date Published: May 2, 2017
Author: Accident Advice