Aviation Accident Claims

If you have suffered an injury following an accident on a plane that was caused by somebody else’s negligence, you will be eligible to make a claim for compensation. At JMW, we have years of experience in helping travellers successfully secure compensation for their injuries in what is often a highly complex area of law.

To speak to a solicitor about an injury caused by an aviation accident, get in touch by calling us on 0800 054 6570 or by filling in our online enquiry form and letting us know a time to get back to you.

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Types of Aviation Accidents

While flying on an aeroplane is considered one of the safest forms of travel, airline accidents unfortunately still occur. Accidents can happen to both passengers and crew, either on board the aircraft or while embarking or disembarking.

Accidents usually occur due to the following:

  • Burns from hot food and drinks being served on board
  • Loose objects falling from overhead lockers
  • Slips, trips or falls in or around the aircraft
  • Turbulence
  • Cabin depressurisation
  • Emergency landings
  • Plane crashes

Your Legal Rights Explained

International aviation accident claims are governed by the Montreal Convention 1999. This provides a strict liability system that means a passenger only needs to prove that an accident occurred. Accidents must be unusual and unexpected, and not caused by a passenger’s reaction to flying. As long as this can be proven, your lawyer will be able to pursue a claim for you, thanks to the Montreal Convention. 

The time limit to make a claim under the Montreal Convention is shorter than for other accidents, at two years, rather than three. It is recommended that you should seek immediate legal advice about making a claim for compensation if you have been injured in an aircraft accident.

If you booked your holiday through a package holiday operator, you will have additional legal rights as the Package Travel Regulations 1992 will apply. They impose a liability on travel operators for any negligence by the operator’s overseas suppliers. For more information on tour operator responsibilities, take a look at our report.       

The Montreal Convention does not apply to domestic flights. However, British law does apply for injuries on planes travelling within the UK, so you can still seek compensation if an accident was caused by somebody else’s negligence in these instances.

Why Choose JMW?

Our team has extensive experience in helping travellers make claims for aviation accidents, meaning we understand what to do to get the best possible result for you and your family. We are also able to provide any additional legal advice you might require in this complex area of personal injury law.

We aim to make the process as stress-free as possible so you can focus on making a full recovery from your injuries. Compensation sought as the result of an accident can be used to cover the cost of lost earnings, medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as the pain and suffering you have experienced thanks to your accident.

Talk to Us

If you or a loved one have been injured on an aeroplane, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our solicitors. To speak to us about a claim, contact us on 0800 054 6570 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will contact you.



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