Plane Injury Compensation
Travelling by plane is still the safest mode of mass transportation.
However, accidents do still happen. In 2018 there were 52 UK casualties caused by aviation accidents,
Plane injury compensation claims do not mainly result because of a catastrophic air accident. Unfortunately, such disasters do happen and potential claimants should contact us.
However, because air travel is so ingrained in the lives of so many people, a large proportion of claims come about due to accidents that could happen anywhere but occur onboard an aircraft.
If you are injured on a flight because of the negligence of a member of the cabin crew, a passenger, or another individual, you may be entitled to plane injury compensation.
Common plane injury claims
- Slips, falls or trips when alighting or exiting an aircraft
- Food poisoning from meals served on board
- Burns from food or hot drinks
- Luggage falling from shelves
- Luggage not being properly secured and falling.
- Injuries from seats
- Accidents from trolleys
- In-flight turbulence
- Food poisoning or allergic reaction to food onboard
Causes of plane crash claims
Although plane crashes are rare they do happen and there are common themes relating to the causes. People may be able to make successful personal injury claims if they have been seriously or partially injured through the fault of the airline.
Some of the causes of the injury may be as a result of the following:
- Poor weather conditions, such as thunder and lightning
- Engines failing
- Turbulence and bad landings
- Other flying objects hitting the plane- like birds
- Poor communication between the pilot crew and air traffic controllers on the ground
The Montreal Convention
For plane injury claims relating to international flights, the Montreal Convention can be referred to. This convention is designed to help international aircraft passengers in the case of an accident of any kind occurring during, before or after a flight. It allows passengers to make claims in case they have suffered an injury through no fault of their own.
It outlines that if someone has been injured or died during a flight then a claim can be made against the country where the airline is based, is en route to or where the passenger lives. There is a capped compensation figure relating to claims made in conjunction with the Montreal Convention. A time limit of 2 years from the date of the accident also applies. Unlike most other personal injury claims it does not place a requirement on an injured person to prove where the fault lies
How Much Plane injury compensation?
All personal injury cases are unique and so the amount of compensation that is awarded in each case is also unique. The amount of compensation that is awarded is determined by looking at two specific factors – general damages and special damages.
The pain and suffering that your injuries have caused is the main factor that is used to determine how much compensation you are owed. This will usually be determined by undergoing a medical examination, from which a report is created that outlines the length of time the injuries will take to heal as well as their severity.
Our compensation calculator gives an indication of how much you might be entitled to based upon your injuries. Jefferies Solicitors will take these different details relating to your injury into account when calculating how much compensation you should be awarded, which will then be put forward to the opposing side and the judge.
However, compensation also takes into account any financial losses that you might have suffered as a result of your injuries, such as a loss of earnings due to being unable to return to work. If you have had to pay for treatment or travel to treatment, compensation may also be able to cover this as well. Therefore, you should keep any receipts or other documents that help to outline the extent of your financial losses, as caused by your accident/injuries.
Plane injury compensation. Contact Jefferies Solicitors
Jefferies’ team of personal injury solicitors deal with a wide range of injury compensation claims. Our sympathetic team will clearly explain everything to you and be on-hand to answer any questions you may have about the claims process.
Do not delay in making your plane injury claim as there are time limits that apply.
To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team.