Airplane Injury? Step Before Making a Claim for an Airline or Airport Accident
If you’ve suffered an injury while flying on an airplane or have been injured on the tarmac at the airport, then you may be entitled to compensation. Unfortunately, accidents like these can be extremely complex, even if they seem minor at first glance, and it’s easy to make mistakes that will hurt your case or prevent you from making a claim altogether. For help with your air accident claim or airplane injury claim, keep reading to find out what you need to know to get started.
Common Airplane Injury
According to NHS Choices, travel-related illnesses and accidents account for 1 in 3 of all accidents in England each year. Long haul flights, particularly those across multiple time zones, have been shown to cause blood clots (deep vein thrombosis), which can be life threatening. However, long haul flights also carry less risk than short haul flights because passengers tend to sit still longer. It’s important that passengers stretch frequently during flights in order to minimize deep vein thrombosis risk. A sedentary lifestyle coupled with poor blood circulation can also lead to muscle cramps and burns from sitting too close to jet engines—both common injuries experienced by airline travelers.
Protecting your rights
If you’ve recently been involved in an airline incident (or have found yourself stuck on a delayed plane), you may be entitled to compensation. When you book your flights, many airlines include information about how to claim flight delay and cancellation compensation in their terms and conditions. Your rights for flight delay compensation are also set out in EU regulation 261/2004. Airlines are legally required to inform passengers about what compensation they might be able to claim if their flight is delayed or cancelled. If your airline fails to provide adequate information about delays and cancellations, ask at check-in and fill out claims forms as soon as possible after departure. If you follow all of these steps, making a valid claim should be straightforward.
Document Everything That Led To the Airplane Injury
If you’ve experienced an accident on board of a plane, contact your airline and make sure to get any necessary medical attention—medical bills may be covered. Then, depending on your situation, you may want to hire legal representation. There are several factors that determine whether it’s wise to pursue legal action after an injury in-flight; however, it’s ultimately up to you. If you decide to file a claim against your airline or plan, be aware that any personal belongings damaged in-flight will not be compensated unless they are deemed essential.
Is there a time limit To Make Claim After an Airplane Injury?
The time limit for making a claim is known as ‘limitation’. If you are injured on an airplane and it is less than three years from when you sustained your injury to when you make your claim, then you have one year to submit your personal injury claim. Claims must be submitted within three years of your accident occurring, no matter how old your injuries are. An exception can be made if there were significant contributory factors to why you were unable to make a claim sooner – but only if these were genuinely outside of your control. Generally speaking though, limitation rules apply in most cases; in fact, they apply whenever possible.
Types of Compensation For Airplane Injury Victims
Depending on where you are injured, you may be able to pursue compensation from more than one party. This can include airlines, airports, aircraft manufacturers and even government entities. If your flight was interrupted due to mechanical issues with your aircraft or another airline’s aircraft, you could have a case against both. Similarly, if your injury was caused by broken equipment in terminal buildings, both the airport and airlines may be liable.
Even if you’re not injured in flight, it can still be worth making a claim against your airline. If your luggage goes missing, gets damaged or is lost completely, you might be able to get compensation as well. Bear in mind that if you have travel insurance, you should start by talking to your insurer as they may cover certain aspects of these claims anyway; make sure you do so before contacting your airline directly.
So, you’ve been injured while travelling by plane or airline, and you want to know if you have grounds to sue. The best way to find out is by consulting with an attorney. Many people are hesitant to file a lawsuit because they think it means being in court every day fighting their case. This is not true; most lawsuits are settled out of court.