When you are on a flight, the last thing you would like to happen is for something to go wrong. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and when they do, the passengers aboard are often entitled to accident compensation. If you have been involved in a flight accident, it is important to understand your rights and what steps you need to take in order to receive the compensation you deserve.
Claiming compensation can be a complex process, which is why it is important to have the best personal injury lawyer on your side. This article will discuss everything you need to know about flight accident compensation. Please continue reading to learn more.
What Constitutes A Flight Accident?
In order to be eligible for compensation, you must have been involved in what is considered a “flight accident”. A flight accident refers to an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft that takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight until such time as all such persons have disembarked, in which:
- A person is fatally or seriously injured; or
- the aircraft sustains damage or structural failure, which adversely affects the safety of the aircraft.
In order to be eligible for compensation, it must be proven that the accident was due to an error on the part of the air carrier or its employees. Unfortunately, many accidents are caused by weather conditions or other factors beyond the control of the airline, and in these cases, passengers are not eligible for compensation.
Here are some examples of in-flight accidents that are eligible for compensation:
- Injuries brought on by a seat that is defective.
- Head injury as a result of a spill from an unlocked overhead locker.
- Injuries brought on by rowdy, uncontrolled passengers.
- Injuries brought on by a food or beverage trolley colliding with someone.
What Types Of Compensation Can You Receive?
The type and amount of compensation you are entitled to will depend on the severity of your injuries and the damages you have suffered. In some cases, passengers who have been injured in a flight accident may be able to receive both economic and non-economic damages from their personal injury claims.
Economic damages refer to any financial losses you have suffered as a result of the accident. This can include things like medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify and are often awarded for things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of companionship.
In order to receive compensation, you will need to file a flight accident claim with the airline. It is important to note that you only have a limited amount of time to do this, so it is important to act quickly. You will also need to provide evidence to support your claim, so be sure to keep any relevant documentation, such as medical records and receipts.
Once you have filed your claim, the airline will investigate the accident and determine whether or not they are liable. If they are found to be liable, they will then offer you a settlement. It is important to note that you are not required to accept their first offer, and you may be able to negotiate for a higher amount. If you are unable to reach an agreement, you can take your case to court.
An experienced accident attorney can help guide you through the air accident claim process and ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Flight Accident Attorneys!
If you or a loved one have been involved in a flight accident, you may be entitled to compensation. At The Law Offices of Scott J. Senft, we can help you navigate the complex legal process and ensure that you receive the full amount of damages to which you are entitled. Contact us today at 561-376-8073.