Thankfully, serious aviation accidents are extremely rare. Unfortunately, other types of on-board accidents and injuries do still occur. For example, a passenger may be hurt as a result of luggage falling from one of the overhead compartments, or suffer a fall or injury during severe turbulence. Becoming ill during the flight as a result of airline food that has been inadequately prepared or stored is another potential hazard.
Passengers are also at risk of injury whilst they are on the tarmac, as well as on boarding or exiting the plane. Resultant injuries are often a direct result of negligence or carelessness on the part of airport workers and flight attendants.
If you have suffered an illness or injury related to air travel (either on the plane or while boarding/disembarking) then you may have a claim. Depending on the circumstances of your case, it may be possible to bring a claim against the airport, the airline, the aircraft supplier or even the holiday provider.
Claims arising from air accidents can prove to be difficult and therefore it is important that you appoint an experienced lawyer. Once you have instructed your lawyer, you will be advised of who the claim should be directed to, and steps will be taken to gather the evidence required to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. Also, the value of your claim will be quantified with reference to documentation relating to out-of-pocket expenses and loss of earnings, together with a medical report outlining the nature and extent of the injuries you have suffered and any long-term effects you might experience.
It is usual to submit evidence in support of the claim to the defendant or their insurers, and invite settlement prior to commencing court proceedings. Indeed, most cases settle by negotiation without the need to take the matter to court. We will usually offer the “No Win No Fee Agreement” in relation to the costs of pursuing the case, which obviously gives you peace of mind in terms of incurring legal fees.