Can I Claim Compensation for an Accident on an Airline?

Author:
James Blower
Associate Solicitor, Holiday Claims
Date:
22/03/2021

If you’ve been injured in an accident on an airline, whether this is while boarding, on the flight or when exiting the aircraft, there’s a strong chance you could make an airline accident claim for compensation.

But whether you can make a claim or not will depend on what kind of accident you had and how severe your injuries were. If you’d like free legal advice about your situation, get in touch with our Holiday Accident Solicitors for a free claims assessment. We’ll look at your case and let you know if you’ve got grounds to make a claim for compensation.

We’ve helped thousands of holidaymakers and passengers make a successful claim after suffering an injury on an airline, and supported them to get their lives back on track. Read some of our successful case studies below:

What In-Flight Accidents Can I Claim Compensation For?

The circumstances around every accident on a passenger aircraft might be different, but the most common types of accidents we see are:

  • Items falling from overhead lockers
  • Burns and scalds caused by hot drinks spilling
  • Being struck by drinks/service trolleys
  • Slipping and tripping accidents
  • Injuries caused by extreme unexpected turbulence
  • Aircraft crashes and collisions

Some of these may only cause minor injury, but others can have a huge impact on your life if you’re left with life changing injuries. Whatever situation you’re in, we can help you claim the compensation you need to recover. We will always tailor our advice to your situation and needs.

What are My Legal Rights?

Many airlines and tour operators are bound by a set of regulations called the Montreal Convention, which states that the airline is responsible if a passenger has an accident or is injured during an international flight.

This includes accidents that happen during any stage of the flight, including getting on and off the aircraft.

To make a claim under the Montreal Convention, an air accident must have been “caused by an unusual or unexpected event or happening that is external to the passenger”. This means that the airline is still legally responsible for unexpected and often unpreventable situations such as:

  • Accidents caused by another passenger
  • Injuries caused by extreme unexpected turbulence

So you don’t always have to prove that someone was at fault to make a successful accident claim under the Montreal Convention, as the airline have a strict legal responsibility for your safety.

But it’s important to know that the convention only applies to international flights between countries who have signed up to the regulations. Just some of the airlines covered by the Montreal Convention include:

  • British Airways
  • Easyjet
  • Ryanair
  • TUI
  • Virgin Atlantic

How Long do I have to Make a Claim?

The Montreal Convention has a strict time limit of 2 years from the date the accident occurred to make a claim. We recommend getting in touch with our Holiday Accident Solicitors as soon as possible so we can advise you on your best course of action.

How long it’ll take to secure your compensation will then depend on whether or not the airline accepts responsibility, and how severe your injuries were. Our team of Holiday Claims Solicitors are experts, so when you talk to us about your situation, we can speak to you about the length of your claim and how much compensation we think you could get.

Get in touch with our Holiday Accident Solicitors to see how we can help you. We often deal with travel claims on a No Win, No Fee basis – just ask us for details.

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