If you have sustained an injury due to an airline accident, or you have sustained an injury in an airport, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. Airline accidents are more common than you might think, despite air travel statistically being the safest type of travel.
Airline accidents – the different types of airline accident
Airline accidents have been the focus of many films over the years, but they’re very real beyond the big screen. Generally, airline accidents are considered to be:
- Airport accidents, where somebody is injured on airport premises, and:
- Airline accidents, where somebody is injured on a plane that’s grounded or in-flight.
For the sake of clarity, we’ll be focusing on airline accidents today.
There are three main types of airline accident which you need to be aware of:
- An aircraft accident on a domestic flight
You might be flying from London to Edinburgh or from Manchester to Belfast. Aircraft accidents on domestic flights are the most commonly claimed for. If you have been injured on such a flight, you may be able to claim against the airline using UK law.
- An aircraft accident on an international flight as part of a package holiday
If you are flying with an airline as part of a package holiday, then the tour operator is liable for any accidents or injuries during the flight. UK law is very specific about this, so you may be able to claim against the tour operator.
- An aircraft accident on an international flight not as part of a package holiday
If you are not flying as part of a package holiday, such as when you book your tickets separately to your accommodation, you may be able to claim against the airline using international law, known as the Montreal Convention if you suffer an injury.
Making a claim for compensation
With the above in mind, if you or somebody you know has sustained an injury from an accident on an airline, you should discuss your case with an injury solicitor who is experienced in dealing with these types of accidents. The reason for this is that airline accidents require a slightly different legal approach to other types of accident, such as road traffic accidents. The good news is that if you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it is your legal right to make a claim for financial compensation. A solicitor will be able to make a claim on your behalf and ensure that your claim is processed properly.
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 for free, no-obligation advice about any airline accidents you or your family have had.
Date Published: 13th March 2013