Experienced solicitors for flight accidents and injuries

Flight accidents, If you have suffered an accident or injury during a flight whether on a commercial or private airline, you may be eligible to seek financial compensation. Gibson & Associates LLP is dedicated to providing timely advice and support for people who have been involved in a flight accident, and support them through every step of making a claim.

Claiming for a flight accidents

The Montreal Convention of 1999 sets out the responsibilities of airlines regarding passenger injuries or fatalities, as well as issues like baggage and cargo delay, damage, or loss. It aims to provide a comprehensive, universal framework for regulating airline liability globally.

This international agreement imposes a strict two-year time limit from when the aircraft lands and details specific conditions for when a claim falls under its jurisdiction, such as when someone embarks, travels, and disembarks. Generally speaking, passing through security marks the beginning of embarkation. At the same time, disembarkation is usually considered to have finished when the traveller has left those areas of the airport that are inaccessible to the general public.

Unlike other personal injury claims, flight accidents claims under the Montreal Convention don’t require submission to agencies like the Personal Injuries Assessment Bureau (PIAB). The Montreal Convention exempts passengers from proving negligence in accidents caused by external events beyond their control, streamlining compensation claims.

It’s important to note that flight accident claims typically only cover physical injuries, not psychological distress, even though accidents and injuries incurred during a flight can be particularly traumatic. Additionally, the Montreal Convention provides guidelines for determining compensation amounts based on the severity of injuries sustained during the flight.

Navigating a claim for compensation for an accident or injury suffered during a flight can be particularly complex. Our experienced solicitors can provide you with expert advice about your specific situation and your legal options for making a claim. To find out more, please speak with a team member by calling +353 (0)1 264 5555.

What you should do if you are injured during a flight

Taking immediate action is crucial in the unfortunate event of an accident or injury during a flight.

Seek Medical Attention: Your safety and well-being must be your top priority. Alert the flight attendants about your injury so they can provide first aid assistance. Even minor injuries should be addressed, as they can worsen during the flight. Upon landing, schedule a thorough medical examination with a healthcare professional to assess the extent of your injuries. Sometimes, seemingly minor injuries can manifest into more serious health issues over time.

Report the Accident: Inform the airline staff about the accident as soon as possible. They will likely have flight accident report forms for you to fill out, which will help them gather essential details about the incident and your injuries. Providing accurate and timely information is essential for any subsequent legal or insurance processes.

Identify Witnesses: If there were witnesses to the accident, it’s crucial to gather their contact information. This includes passengers who may have seen what happened and any cabin crew members who were present during the incident. They can provide valuable evidence to support your claim.

Document What Happened: Write down as much information about the accident as possible. This includes your flight seat number, recording the time and date of the incident, and taking photographs of the scene from different angles, including any visible injuries you have. These details will help your solicitor understand the sequence of events and the circumstances surrounding the accident.

By following these steps promptly and thoroughly, you can help protect your rights and increase the likelihood of a successful outcome in your flight accident claim.

Common flight accidents and injuries

Accidents and injuries can occur at any stage of a flight, from the time you pass security to disembarking the flight at the destination airport.

This presents a variety of accident risks to passengers.

When embarking and disembarking a flight, passengers are at risk of slips, trips, and falls, particularly if they are directed to the tarmac to use mobile stair units.

In flight incidents can range from turbulence-related injuries to burns from hot beverages or food spills.

Passengers can suffer injuries due to malfunctioning equipment, such as overhead bins that open unexpectedly.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

When seeking compensation after a flight accident, it’s vital to be aware of the legal time constraints involved. The 1999 Montreal Convention stipulates two years from the date of the incident for initiating a claim.

Therefore, seeking legal counsel promptly to ensure all necessary documentation is completed within this timeframe to protect your right to pursue compensation is imperative.

If you travel with an airline that is not Irish, you may still be eligible to claim compensation. Please speak with our team to find out more.

About Gibson & Associates LLP

Expert legal advice for flight accidents and injuries

At Gibson & Associates LLP, we understand the anxiety associated with an accident or injury during a flight.

Our team of dedicated solicitors offers expert guidance for your legal options and whether you can seek compensation for your injuries.

Whether you’ve been affected by turbulence or been injured due to a slip or fall, we can provide customised advice about your situation and help protect your rights.

Contact us today at +353 (0)1 264 5555 to learn how we can assist you after a flight accident or injury.

Experienced injury solicitors in Ireland

Our flight accident solicitors can help relieve the anxiety around making a claim for compensation after a flight accident or injury.

Our team of experienced solicitors is committed to offering customised advice and guidance regarding your options about making a claim, and supporting you through the process.

For a confidential discussion about your rights after a flight accident, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at +353 1 264 5555.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Personal Injuries Board manage flight accident claims?

No, the PIAB is not responsible for flight accident claims. Claims that are eligible under the Montreal Convention can be pursued immediately without input from the PIAB.

How do I make a claim if my accident happened on an airline that wasn't Irish?

If you had a flight accident while travelling with a non-Irish carrier, your claim can be pursued in the airline’s country of origin under the Montreal Convention.

Can I access medical treatment while abroad?

If you are traveling in Europe, you may be eligible to receive healthcare abroad either for free or at a reduced cost with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

You can use the EHIC if you’re on holiday, staying abroad for up to three months, or studying abroad for the academic year. EHIC holders can use their card in European Union (EU) member states, European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and Switzerland.

EU countries covered by the EHIC include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Republic of Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. Participating EEA countries are Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.