Whether you’re flying to a destination abroad, taking a domestic flight in the UK or even getting on a private plane or commercial plane, most of us don’t stop to think about our safety when we fly. Flying has become something that many of us do on a fairly regular basis, but there are still risks involved that could lead to accidents. The odds of a plane coming down while in flight are incredibly rare, but if this should happen, and it was the result of negligence, plane accident claims could be the logical conclusion.
But while such incidents are indeed very rare, there are still other things that could go awry, and if they do, they could lead to injuries and discomfort for those who are hurt. So, don’t assume all plane accident claims are derived from plane crashes, because most of them are lodged for very different reasons.
Could you claim?
The good news is that if you have been injured in an accident on a plane, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for your pain, suffering and financial losses. Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience handling plane accident claims, and we could help you get the compensation you are entitled to.
You may be very clear you suffered from injuries that were caused by the negligence of another person. On the other hand, you may be completely unsure what happened, or whether someone else was indeed to blame for your injuries. This is more common than you think, and it speaks of how important it is to seek legal advice if you have been hurt while on board a plane. That applies whether the plane was on the ground or in the air.
How do plane accidents happen?
You might be wondering how you could become involved in a plane accident or what the symptoms of plane accident injuries are. Slips, trips and falls are amongst the most common injuries to occur, either on the plane itself or whilst getting onto or off the plane. These could be caused by damaged flooring, wet aircraft steps, or even spillages of food and drink.
The plane should be fit for purpose, but that does not merely mean being safe to fly. It also means the seats, the flooring, and every other aspect of the plane is regularly checked, cleaned, and fit for use. If this is not the case, and someone is injured, that person could have a good case to make for compensation to be awarded for their injuries.
Other plane accident claims we have handled include claims for food poisoning after eating aircraft food, burns and scalds from hot food and liquids being spilt and lacerations from faulty overhead lockers or seats on a plane. Treating plane accident injuries is a priority if you have been injured, so you should ensure you report your accident to a member of staff and make sure you get the first aid or medical treatment you need.
Why is medical treatment so important?
Simply because this helps form evidence of what happened, and therefore is vital to any plane accident claims that may result from such instances. Even if you feel fine, or you do not feel you need treatment, always report what happened at the time. This helps to create evidence and ensures you are not viewed as someone who might be making it up.
Conversely, you might need first aid, and you may then go on to require medical treatment when you land. Making sure you do get the treatment you need, or at least a proper checkup by a doctor, means there is evidence of your injuries – and you will also be less likely to miss an injury that causes you problems later.
More serious injuries may mean you remember nothing of what happened. However, if you end up in hospital, there will be evidence of what happened and you will find there are probably witnesses who can provide statements to back up what occurred. Getting legal advice on plane accident claims from lawyers who have already successfully concluded such claims for others is also vital, and should be sought as quickly as possible.
What affects plane accident claims settlements?
The long-term effects of being injured in a plane accident could impact the amount of compensation you could be entitled to receive. For example, if you work on board aircraft and you are injured in an accident at work, you may be unable to continue flying. If you are injured in an accident on a plane you may find yourself with fear of flying in the future, which could impact your ability to live life to the full. When claiming for a plane accident, Accident Advice Helpline takes these things into account to ensure that we get you the right amount of compensation for your pain and suffering.
We follow all the correct procedures to make sure things fall in your favour, and we also ensure you are kept informed about the progress of your claim. We handle most of the difficult form-filling and negotiation with the third party, so you need not worry about things like that. You can get on with recovering from the injuries you suffered from.
Calling us is easy
We provide a no win no fee service, so the cost of claiming for a plane accident is not an issue. To find out if you are eligible to make a claim, however you have been injured, just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 5659 today.