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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

    Aviation accidents: Spilt hot beverages

    When it comes to guarding against accidents on holiday and the need for subsequent claims for travel accident compensation, the vast majority of the focus is geared towards staying safe having reached the destination itself.

    Accidents whilst travelling, however, have the potential to put just as much of a dampener on proceedings, and it’s important to make sure that your holiday neither gets off on the wrong foot, nor ends on a sour note with an aviation accident.

    Obviously, the ultimate fear of any flight is that it doesn’t end safely. This horrific scenario aside, however, there are numerous, comparatively smaller, threats that can cause travelling injuries.

    Hot beverage spillages

    One of the most common causes of injuries on board an aircraft is the spilling of a hot beverage. The accidental spillage can be caused by a number of things, including:

    –  Staff members suffering from slips and trips whilst taking the hot beverage trolley down the aisle

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    –  Trembling hands from nervous flyers

    –  Turbulence disturbing the balance of the plane

    –  The person in the seat in front adjusting their chair

    These are the most common causes of drink spillages, but in truth the list of potential causes for accidents is almost endless.

    So, then, what steps can be taken to try and prevent this sort of aviation accident occurring?

    To start with, if you are pouring the hot beverage yourself, under no circumstances should you fill it to the top. Allowing a little extra room than normal between the top of the liquid and the top of the cup can help prevent a minor accident in the air.

    Paying attention to the seatbelt signs can also help as these are usually the best indicator of the stability of the flight. If they are on, then turbulence may strike and hot drinks are best avoided lest they cause injuries whilst flying.

    If you do order a hot beverage, it may also be worth warning the person in front of you and alerting them to the fact that a sudden movement on their behalf could create mayhem.

    If you do suffer an accident or injury whilst travelling by plane, Accident Advice Helpline will be there every step of the way should you wish to make a travel accident compensation claim.

    Recommended by the famous consumer rights campaigner, Esther Rantzen, they have a decorated history stretching back over 13 years of helping countless people with their claims for personal injury compensation.

    To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: December 9, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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