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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is it that makes your ears pop on a flight?

    If you’re planning a winter sun holiday or looking ahead to next year’s beach break, you’re probably thinking about what to pack, what to wear and which activities to get involved in, but have you thought about health and safety and swerving travel accidents? From taking steps to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis on the flight, to taking extra care on slippery floors around the swimming pool, it’s important be wary of risks and to consider claiming travel accident compensation if you do fall foul of negligence either in the UK or abroad.

    Preventing discomfort on a flight: Dealing with popping ears

    One of the most important things to do when you’re jetting off on a holiday is to stock up on boiled sweets and chewing gum at the airport to stop your ears from popping. Most people will be familiar with the unpleasant and often painful feeling of the ears popping as you soar into the air. This is caused by changes in air pressure, which cause air to become trapped inside the ear, pushing the ear drum outwards. This not only makes the ears pop, but also impairs your hearing temporarily. Chewing or sucking on a sweet or some gum stimulates saliva production, which causes you to swallow more. Swallowing, yawning and blowing the nose help to release pressure from the ears.

    Staying active on the plane

    If you fly on a regular basis, you may have noticed leaflets outlining exercises to do when you are on board the flight; these exercises help to improve circulation and reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis. Exercises are particularly important on long haul flights and passengers are encouraged to get up and have a walk around on a frequent basis. Pointing the toes and moving the ankles in a clockwise and anticlockwise direction are good examples of in-flight exercises.

    Staying safe in the airport

    Once you get off a flight, the last thing you want to think about is slips, trips and falls, but with polished floors and lots of people rushing around, airports can be dangerous places. If you fall in a public place and you were not to blame, you may be able to pursue a claim for slip, trip or fall compensation. If you have an accident abroad at the time, you may be able to make a travel accident claim.

    How do I make a compensation claim?

    If you think you may have a valid compensation claim, call Accident Advice Helpline or visit the website to take the simple 30-second eligibility test. Accident Advice Helpline is a reliable and reputable law firm, which employs personal injury lawyers with expertise in travel claims, car crash compensation, work accident claims and public liability compensation. The claims process is straightforward and the majority of clients complete the process without any need to go to court.

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    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice


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