Aviation law and personal injuries relating to airline accidents is a unique and complicated area of law. Claims for this type of injury can be carried out against airline companies, airline manufacturers, aeroplane parts manufacturers or the company responsible for maintaining a plane.
There are several relevant governing bodies and instruments in this area of law including international conventions, Commonwealth legislation as well as State legislation and regulations. Which of these applies to your claim will depend on the specific circumstances of your injury, and inter-applying such provisions is a highly complex and legal process. Aspects such as whether you were on an international flight or a domestic one will be an important consideration in your case.
Airline injuries commonly occur as a result of turbulence, accidents involving depressurization, objects falling from over-head compartments, plane crashes, plane collisions, tripping over, being hit by a passing cabin trolley, and burns from hot food and beverages being spilt. People who may be eligible to claim not only include members of the public on board an aeroplane, but also injured crew members and the surviving dependants of a person who dies in an airline accident.
Additionally, as with most personal injury claims, strict time limitations apply and must be adhered to in order to maintain your right to compensation. If you have sustained an injury as the result of an airline accident, it is best to first seek medical advice and then to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible about your eligibility to claim.
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