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Airline Injury Claims
If you have sustained an injury during a flight on a plane or helicopter, or while embarking or disembarking at the airport, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
At JMW Solicitors, our team has experience in helping travellers successfully secure compensation for in-flight injuries in what is often a highly technical area of law.
To speak to a solicitor about making a claim for an airline injury caused by somebody else’s negligence, 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.
How JMW Can Help You Make a Claim
Our airline injury solicitors have extensive experience in helping travellers make compensation claims for accidents on aeroplanes and helicopters, 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 as a result of your injuries.
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 onboard the aircraft or while embarking or disembarking.
Accidents usually occur due to the following:
- Plane or helicopter crashes
- Emergency and heavy landings
- Cabin depressurisation
- Outbreak of fire
There are many other ways in which injuries can arise during a flight. If you have been harmed on a plane and think that someone else was to blame, speak to our expert airline injury solicitors today.
Making an Airline Injury Claim
International airline injury 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 seek immediate legal advice about making a claim for compensation if you have been injured in in-flight.
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.
FAQs About Airline Injury Claims
How much compensation am I entitled to for an injury on a plane?
After taking on your case, we will investigate how much your claim is worth. We will enlist the help of an independent medical examiner who will assess your injuries and provide a report on your injuries, including how much compensation may be required to cover your past and ongoing treatment and care.
When calculating compensation for a claim, we will consider the following:
- The severity of your physical injuries
- The prognosis for your recovery
- Loss of earnings for the time taken off work
- Your medical and care requirements
- Mobility aids and modifications to your home
- The loss of enjoyment if an accident ruined a holiday
- Any other incurred expenses
We will aim to secure you the maximum amount of compensation for airline accidents.
Who will the airline injury claim be made against?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, a claim will usually be brought against the airline that you travelled with. Our expert solicitors will advise on the appropriate course of action to take when pursuing an air accident claim.