Accidents in the Air or Sea Claims

What is an Accident in the Air? 
Air travel is now extremely common and is, in the main, a very safe mode of transport. However, accidents do happen in a variety of circumstances. Personal injury or illness can occur whilst embarking, travelling on or disembarking an aircraft, during take-off, mid-flight or landing. Accidents can also happen at the airport before we even board the plane. Some common types of accidents are: 

  • slips and trips at the airport 
  • food poisoning from airline meals
  • passengers being hit by falling objects, such as from the overhead luggage bins on an aircraft 
  • hot food or drinks being spilled by cabin crew onto passengers 
  • slips and trips when embarking or disembarking the aeroplane 
  • lacerations caused by sharp objects or edges 
What is an Accident at Sea? 
There are many different ways a person can be injured whilst on board a boat or a ship. Some of the most common accidents and injuries are slips or trips and food poisoning whilst on board a cruise ship. However, there are many types of accidents that can occur at sea and health and safety laws do still apply. Boats, ships, yachts, cruise liners and ferries can act as places of employment, modes of transport, holiday accommodation, hobbies and such like.

What can I do?
If you have suffered from injury or illness as a result of an accident in the air or at sea then it is important that you contact us as soon as possible. Special time limits apply to claims for compensation for these types of accident. 

We would always recommend that you report your accident or illness immediately to an appropriate person in charge, such as your holiday representative, hotel manager or excursion guide, to ensure that there is a recorded account of the incident. 

How can claiming for compensation help me?
Pursuing a claim following an accident will not only ensure that you are properly compensated for your injury, but will also ensure that you are reimbursed for any losses and expenses that you have incurred. This includes any lost earnings or future loss of earnings if your injury means that you have to take time off work or cannot return to work at all, as well as the cost of medical treatment and travelling to appointments. 

Claiming compensation will also give you access to the best rehabilitation and treatment providers to maximise your recovery following the accident. The NHS provides excellent care at the acute stage following an injury but long term rehabilitation can be lacking. Making a successful claim for compensation will mean funding is made available for a range of expert input where appropriate. 

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