Have you suffered an accident aboard a plane? Let us help you find an aviation accident lawyer.
Suffering an accident and injury aboard a plane is not only very distressing – it is also very confusing! When you’re flying between countries it can be hard to understand which country’s jurisdiction and law you are subject to and claiming compensation under. That’s why you need the support and guidance of an aviation accident lawyer.
What is an aviation or aircraft accident? Is there more than one kind?
Yes, there is more than one kind of aviation accident. The first type is an injury on a domestic flight. This means you are travelling on a plane that doesn’t leave the country, for example a plane flying a domestic flight in the UK, travelling from Southampton to Glasgow. This is the most straightforward claim to make, in terms of legal jurisdiction. Because you have not left the UK at any point, the accident or injury must have taken place while you were in the UK. Your aviation accident lawyer would therefore pursue your compensation claim against the airline under UK law.
One of the other kinds of aviation accident is while you are travelling on a package holiday bought through a tour operator. The contract and terms of your agreement with your tour operator will mean that your aviation accident lawyer is able to either lodge your claim with the tour operator, or as in the previous example with the airline itself.
The most complicated type of situation is where you have booked an international flight yourself, not as part of a package holiday. Your aviation accident lawyer will use a piece of international legislation called the Montreal Convention to pursue your compensation claim.
What is the Montreal Convention?
The Montreal Convention is an over-arching piece of international law, superseding UK law. It is designed to protect the rights of anyone who is injured while travelling on an international flight. It covers passengers for many types of accident and injury, including personal injury and death. In compensation cases brought under the Montreal Convention, as long as an accident has occurred, there is no onus on you or your aviation accident lawyer to prove that the airline was at fault. The only thing that needs to be shown is that an accident occurred which caused injury while you were on the aircraft, embarking or disembarking.
So where do I find an aviation accident lawyer?
This is a specialist area of law and you will need a good aviation accident lawyer to fight your case. Let us match you to the best no win no fee* lawyer for your circumstances from our unique network covering the whole of the UK. Simply give our friendly helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 and see what we can do for you.