Air accidents are thankfully few and far between, indeed statistics show a consistent decline in the number of crashes of any kind. There has never been a safer time to fly.
Nonetheless, accidents do happen when you are travelling by plane. Individuals can be injured as a result of being involved in an accident while on board an aircraft or while embarking or disembarking a plane.
Aviation law is a complex area but the Foreign & Travel Law Department at Digby Brown can provide expert advice in relation to aviation accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident on board an aircraft or, in certain situations, while embarking or disembarking from an airplane, you can claim compensation from the airline.
Given the complexities in this area, successfully pursuing a claim requires the input of a Solicitor with specialist experience in this field.
Under the Montreal Convention an airline is liable to compensate an injured passenger, even without proof of fault on the part of the airline, up to a limit of approximately £90,000.
If it can be shown that the airline was at fault for the accident, it may be liable without financial limit.
It is important to note that time limits for making a claim after an air accident vary – the period for making a claim under the Montreal Convention is 2 years from the date of the airplane accident.
This is different from the 3 year time limit which applies to personal injury accidents in the UK.
At Digby Brown, we have acted for a number of clients in relation to aircraft accidents including the Air France Disaster and Super Puma Helicopter crashes in the North Sea.
Digby Brown is today Scotland’s largest specialist personal injury practice with lawyers specialising in aviation law. We are top ranked for our work in personal injury by both leading independent guides to the profession, Chambers and Legal 500.
We are able to offer a complete no win no fee funding and insurance package through our funding company, Compensate.
This gives our clients access to justice with no financial risk. If the case is not successful, you won't need to pay a penny. This arrangement means we can do everything needed to put our clients in the strongest possible position in complex cases involving international law such as aviation accidents.
For further information call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our brief enquiry form and someone will contact you by return.