Airplane Accident Claims

Compensation for Injuries that Occur Whilst on Planes

Airlines and tour operators include terms in their contracts of carriage which allow them to rely on the Montreal Convention if a passenger has an accident or suffers an injury whilst onboard a flight or during the process of embarkation or disembarkation.

Our specialist Air and Flight Accident specialists take on compensation claims involving holiday makers and passengers who suffer an accident onboard aeroplanes and aircraft.

Airplane accidents

Common accidents on planes include:

  • Luggage falling from overhead lockers – whiplash accident
  • Hot drinks spilt – burn and scalding accidents
  • Aircraft crashes and collisions
  • Slipping and tripping accidents
Airplane taking off to depict Accidents on Airplanes

The Montreal Convention - travel by air

The Montreal convention applies to international carriage by air eg if you suffer an airplane accident then this convention enables you to make a compensation claim.

The Convention provides that compensation claims for personal injury and death whilst onboard an airplane can usually be brought in the country most favourable to the passenger, eg a compensation claim can be pursued in the country where the airline is based or flying to, or the country where the injured passenger lives.

Time limits for making a claim

It is important to know whether or not the Montreal Convention applies if you are involved in an aircraft accident. The Montreal Convention only allows an injured person 2 years in which to make a claim for compensation – it also places limits on the amount of compensation that can be claimed for personal injury and death.

Your legal rights

The Convention does operate in favour of aircraft passengers. It imposes a strict liability on the air carrier. This means that it is not always necessary to prove that someone was at fault – the fact that an accident happened is often sufficient.

If your holiday or flight has been ruined by an accident then call or email our specialist Aviation Claims specialists today for expert advice. We have extensive experience in handling air accident personal injury cases in a complex area of law.

For information purposes only we have listed some tour operators and airlines to whom the Montreal Convention applies:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Aer Lingus
  • Aeroflot
  • Air Canada
  • Air China
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Air India
  • Air Malta
  • Air Mauritius
  • Air Namibia
  • Air New Zealand
  • Air Slovakia
  • Alitalia
  • American Airlines
  • Atlantic Airways
  • Austrian Airlines
  • BA British Airways
  • BMI
  • BMIbaby
  • Bulgaria Air
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Continental Airlines
  • Croatia Airlines
  • Cyprus Airways
  • Easyjet
  • Egyptair
  • Emirates
  • Finnair
  • First Choice Airways
  • Flybe
  • Globespan
  • Iberia
  • Icelandair
  • KLM
  • Lufthansa
  • Monarch Holidays
  • Olympic Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Ryanair
  • Scandinavian Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • South African Airways
  • Spanair
  • Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Thomson Airways
  • Thomson Holidays
  • TUI Fly
  • Tunisair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • US Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic

Contact our Airplane accident compensation specialists now to see how we can help you claim compensation by calling free on freephone: 0808 145 1353 or complete our no-obligation online enquiry form and we will contact you.

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