Airplane Accident Claims FAQs

Who can make an accident onboard an airplane claim?

If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident onboard an aircraft, our specialist travel solicitors may be able to help you make a no win no fee compensation claim.

Before accepting your case, we’ll provide a free consultation to ascertain who was responsible and if they have a case to answer. You don’t always need to establish that someone has been negligent in order to claim compensation for an airplane accident.  If International Conventions and Regulations apply, often you only need to show that your accident was an “accident” as defined by the Convention. Some examples of qualifying accidents are outlined below:

  • For a slip or trip which occurred in the airport or on the plane whilst you were in the process of embarkation.
  • For accidents arising from poorly stowed luggage.
  • When hot liquid has been spilt on you.

If you are a crew member, rather than a paying passenger on the aircraft, you may also be entitled to claim as an accident at work abroad claim.

Our specialist holiday claims solicitors can advise on whether you have a case following an aircraft accident. To benefit from a free, no obligation discussion about your case, contact us today.

How long do I have to make a claim?

Under the Montreal Convention, air passengers are usually entitled to pursue an accident claim in their home country. However, under the Montreal Convention, you normally have up to 2 years to bring a claim from the date of disembarking the aircraft.

However, we’d always advise you to make a claim at your earliest opportunity following the incident. This will help to strengthen the evidence of your case, and may improve your chances of securing a higher level of compensation.

To start your claim, contact our solicitors today for a free consultation about your circumstances.

Who can I make a claim against?

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, we will usually bring a claim against the airline that you booked your flight with.  This will help to secure the maximum compensation for your injuries and loss as quickly as possible.

Our travel litigation specialists can advise on the appropriate course of action when pursuing an air accident claim.

How much compensation am I entitled to receive?

After accepting your case, we’ll begin an investigation to establish exactly how much we think your claim is worth. To do this, we’ll enlist the help of an independent medical examiner, who will assess your injuries and provide us with an idea as to how much compensation may be required to cover your past and ongoing care and medical requirements, and your injuries.

When calculating how much your claim is worth, we’ll look closely at the following:

  • The severity of your physical injuries.
  • The psychological impact of the accident.
  • Your past, present and future loss of earnings for taking time off work.
  • Your ongoing medical requirements.
  • Mobility aids and modifications to your home.
  • Any care and case management needs.
  • The loss of enjoyment you’ve experienced by the airplane accident.
  • Other financial loss.

Our solicitors are experts in securing maximum compensation for accidents onboard airplanes and helicopters, so you can count on them for professional legal advice and support.

What is the claims process for accidents onboard airplanes?

An initial consultation about the circumstances of your claim will help our travel litigation solicitors determine whether or not you have a case. If your claim is accepted, we’ll begin the four-step claims process, which includes:

  1. Case investigation — We’ll investigate the circumstances of your accident to identify the liable party.
  2. Calculate a compensation sum — Using independent medical evidence, we’ll calculate a fair compensation amount based on the factors listed above.
  3. Put your case to the liable party — The opposing side may choose to accept the compensation amount and settle, or they may contest your case.
  4. Claim Conclusion — If your claim settles, you’ll receive the compensation agreed. If not, your case may go to trial, in which case we’ll be there to support you throughout the process.

If you have any further queries about the claims process, contact our expert travel litigation team today and we’ll be happy to help you.

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Paul McClorry

Head of Travel Litigation

Jane Woodcock

Senior Legal Executive and Head of Personal Injury