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Air travel injury and illness compensation claim

Air travel is incredibly safe, but if accidents and illness happen in-flight you may be entitled to compensation. Slater and Gordon is a specialist claims firm with extensive experience of helping clients who've been injured on airline flights.

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No Win No Fee Compensation

Slater and Gordon is one of Britain's leading consumer law firms, with a broad experience of making claims for injuries that occur on flights. Call Slater and Gordon on freephone 0800 780 2730 or if you're calling from overseas, on +44 20 7657 1555, or contact us online to speak to one of our legal experts.

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Can I claim for an accident on a plane?

Air travel is incredibly safe, with serious accidents few and far between. Having said that, we have acted for many clients who have been injured during business and holiday flights in the UK and abroad. Typically, this involves:

·   Overhead locker door injuries

·   Overhead baggage falling

·   Slips or trips – on or off the plane

·   Burns or scalds from food service

·   Trolley accidents

·   In-flight turbulence

·   Heavy landings

·   Injuries caused by other passengers

·   Allergy reaction to in-flight meals

Naturally, there are also many other ways in which injuries can arise from an aeroplane flight. So if you have been harmed on a plane and feel that someone else was to blame, ask us about making a No Win No Fee Claim today.

Can I claim for domestic flights as well as overseas flights?

When you're injured on a plane, it doesn't really matter whether you are flying inside the UK or abroad. That's because of something called the Montreal Convention 1999. The Montreal Convention 1999 governs international carriage by air and imposes a form of strict liability on the airline in respect of accidents causing injury.

At first glance the regime seems to be very consumer friendly but matters get a little trickier when attempting to establish that an accident has occurred. This is because the passenger needs to prove:

  • The accident itself was unusual or unexpected (outside the ordinary course of events)
  • The accident was external to the passenger (it was not caused due to their internal reaction i.e. Deep Vein Thrombosis)
  • The accident took place upon the aircraft or during the process of embarkation or disembarkation

A few examples of accidents of common accidents, for which the Convention usually allows you to claim are; being hit by luggage from the overhead locker, or being struck by the drinks trolley.

Is there a time limit to claim?

The Montreal Convention 1999 has a strict time limit for which you can bring a claim, which is two years from the date of the accident. It is advisable, however, that if you have been injured upon an aircraft, or during embarkation, or disembarkation, that you seek advice on making a claim without delay.

How much will my claim be worth?

It's difficult to say how much compensation you might receive for an injury that resulted from a flight as it depends on the extent of your injuries and how long it's expected a full recovery will take. However, in addition to damages for pain and suffering, you may also be able to claim for any lost earnings as well as the cost of any medical treatment or rehabilitation that may be required.

How long does a compensation claim take?

This all depends on how serious your injuries are as well as whether the airline accepts responsibility. However, we always aim to pursue justice for our clients as quickly and efficiently as possible, and will also seek to claim interim payments where your injury might cause you financial hardship, or where you need to begin rehabilitation as soon as possible.  

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Case studies

Compensation for Fall on Holiday Hotel Staircase

A child's fall on a slippery holiday hotel staircase in Tunisia resulted in a settlement of damages awarded to the child's father.

Holiday Accident Compensation for Woman Electrocuted by Plug Socket

Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer Simon Weilding secured £2,750 compensation for a holidaymaker injured by a dangerous plug socket in her hotel.

Honeymooner's Holiday Ruined by Fall at Resort

A honeymoon holiday was ruined when unmarked wet painted steps resulted in a fall that caused extensive injuries requiring medical attention.