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Aeroplane and aviation claims

When travelling abroad, whether for a holiday or for work, the journey is just as much a part of the experience when travelling by aeroplane.

Passengers travelling by aeroplane have a right to expect that their safety and wellbeing is protected, including on board the plane itself, when embarking/disembarking the aircraft as well as within the airport itself, and lawyers at Leigh Day are prepared to fight hard to ensure that these rights are upheld.

The Montreal Convention

If you are injured in an accident either on board or in the process of getting on/off an aircraft, there are laws and conventions that you can seek to rely on to obtain the compensation that you are entitled to. The Montreal Convention applies to the international carriage of passengers by air and deals with compensation claims against carriers. Ordinarily fault or negligence may not have to be proven as in specific circumstances liability against the carrier is strict. There are, however, specific requirements for the event that causes the injury to be considered to be an “accident” in accordance with the Montreal Convention which often differs from the usual/dictionary definition.

Crucially, the time limit for bringing a claim under this Convention is only two years so legal advice needs to be pursued without delay.

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Our holiday law experience

Cases involving aeroplane accidents and illnesses can be complex and specialist legal advice is required. The team at Leigh Day solicitors has experience of helping hundreds of passengers who have suffered injuries and illnesses, both on-board and whilst embarking/disembarking the aircraft, through no fault of their own. The types of cases our team has handled includes:

  • Slip and trips (whilst on board, embarking/disembarking and/or whilst in the airport)
  • Luggage falling from overhead lockers
  • Scalding/burn accidents
  • Illness claims including food poisoning

In the event of an injury overseas

See our tips from legal holiday experts on what you should do if you or a loved one are injured whilst travelling

We can provide detailed and tailored advice relevant to your claim in a free initial assessment and we can offer “no win no fee” funding arrangements.

What we can do to help with your holiday claim

Leigh Day solicitors has an experienced, dedicated travel team who are able to provide support and advice to those involved in aeroplane/aviation accidents.

Please contact us on 020 8038 1021 or 0161 393 3551 for free, no obligation advice. Or email travelclaims@leighday.co.uk