When the subject of injury claims comes up in conversation, most people will think of auto accidents, work-related accidents, or problems caused by negligent property owners. This isn’t surprising, considering that the vast majority of personal injury claims fall into these categories or something similar. But what if you are injured or become ill because of an incident or conditions on an airplane? How does this fit into the overall picture?
Quite well, actually. People fly millions of kilometres each year, putting themselves in the hands of airline companies and their employees, hoping to travel and arrive safely. Fortunately, most individuals don’t have experiences that are remarkable, let alone dangerous or threatening to their health. However, studies have shown that there are incidents in which a passenger can be at risk, become unhealthy, or be injured while flying.
Consider that turbulence is the leading cause of injury in the category of non-fatal accidents to passengers and flight attendants. The study indicates that dozens of people are injured each year because of turbulence when not wearing their seat belts. This may be your reason to contact one of the experienced claim solicitors who specialise in personal injury cases.
If you do need someone to guide you through the legal maze of personal injury law, you should first look for a solicitor with case experience. When you work with someone who brings plenty of experience to the table, you can be sure you’ll get the best legal advice available. You’ll always be fully informed of your rights and obligations before you make the claim.
You should also focus on the number of cases that the solicitor has successfully resolved. This is more important than a high number of years as a lawyer. In the case of airline injury and accident, you may also want to find someone who has experience in processing injury cases in which the claimant is injured or made unhealthy through no fault of his or her own.
Fright in Flight
You may want to consider yet another situation on commercial airlines that can lead to illness or something more serious. Records indicate that in one period studied, there were reports of smoke or fumes in the plane cabin on 167 flights. In about 10% of these, the pilot contacted air traffic control because he or she was concerned.
There is also the condition known as aerotoxic syndrome in which illness is caused by being exposed to contaminated air in an aircraft. Apparently, a few pilots have even passed out because of this condition. If you suffer because of any of these situations, you may want to work with a solicitor who is familiar with this subject and even has experience dealing with airline-specific cases.
When you contact a solicitor, be sure to look for or ask about Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) certification. This will let you know you’re on the right path and will make selecting your solicitor less stressful. You’re also invited to use the accident-advice helpline to talk with a claims advisor who can assist in determining your eligibility to make a claim and help you understand the strength of your claim.