Under normal circumstances, flight turbulence is regarded as an ‘act of god’. This means airlines cannot be held liable for personal injuries sustained because of turbulence. There are, however, exceptions. In some cases, it is possible to claim for compensation for an injury due to flight turbulence.
When you can claim for an injury due to flight turbulence
You may, for example, be able to make a claim for an injury due to flight turbulence if the turbulence was foreseen by the flight crew (which is often the case), but you were not warned to fasten your seat belt and/or no other precautions were taken to protect you against accidental injuries.
You may also qualify for compensation if the pilot of your plane could have predicted the turbulence, but failed to do so due to a lack of vigilance.
When trying to claim compensation for an injury due to flight turbulence, the airline’s initial defence is highly likely to be based on the ‘act of god’ clause. It is then up to you to prove that they are liable for your injury because one of the above exceptions applied. This can be complicated.
Accident Advice Helpline
Specialising in in-flight injury claims for more than 16 years, our in-house lawyers have all the skills, know-how and experience necessary to:
- Determine whether the airline is indeed liable for your injury
- Conduct the claim process on your behalf in a professional, efficient fashion
- Bring your claim to a swift, satisfactory conclusion
Able to conduct most processes involved in claiming for compensation over the phone, our legal team can often negotiate out-of-court settlements for claims of this nature. As circumstances surrounding cases can vary significantly, this cannot, however, be guaranteed.
Time frames and compensation amounts
Due to these variations between cases, we can also not tell you exactly how long it will take to bring your case to a conclusion or how much compensation you will ultimately receive. Any predictions we may make with regards to these questions will be approximations based on previous claims only.
If you were injured on a plane due to turbulence within the past three years, call our freephone helpline from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 or from any landline within the UK on 0800 689 0500 now. Calls are confidential and free of any obligation to pursue a claim, although we obviously highly recommend doing so.
Date Published: March 17, 2017
Author: Accident Advice