While not as common as road and workplace accidents, air accidents are still a relatively common occurrence and the victims or their families are entitled to compensation. The accident could have happened during landing, take off or while in the air and can vary from minor accidents such as trips, luggage falling or having a hot drink spilt to more severe incidents such as a crash or collision. Damages are normally paid by the airlines, or more accurately the airline's insurance companies.
If you were on board an aircraft and suffered a personal injury that was not your fault then you should speak to a specialist experienced personal injury lawyer to see if you are entitled to claim. This is because the criteria and limitations for air accidents are different to normal personal injury claims. For example, with airline accidents there is no need to prove that the accident was caused by the negligence of the airline. This means that you could be entitled to claim against the airlines even if the accident was the fault of another passenger or even if no-one is to blame.
Claims for air accidents can be brought in the country that is most favourable to the passenger, which would be either the location of the head office of the aircraft carrier or the location of the injured party. However, it is important to be aware that the claim must be brought within two years of the accident, unlike other personal injury claims where the victim has three years, and there are also caps on the amount of compensation that can be awarded.
If you would like to obtain legal advice on air accidents then Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist personal injury solicitor free of charge. So if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local personal injury solicitors please call us at 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.
- Last Updated on 02/03/2010