If you have been injured on a plane, you could be entitled to compensation, if it can be established that the airline had acted in a negligent way. In this guide, we will reveal how to make a personal injury claim against KLM specifically. However, at Accident Claims UK, we can assist you no matter the airline. All you need to do is give us a call at 0800 073 8801. But first, continue reading to find out everything you need to know.
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- A Guide To Personal Injury Claims Against KLM
- What Is A Flight Accident Or Injury Claim?
- Airline Injury Claim Time Limits
- Airline Passenger Rights Under UK And EU Law
- What Are My Airline Passenger Rights Through Montreal Convention?
- What In-Flight Injuries You Could Claim Compensation For
- I Was Burned By A Hot Drink On A KLM Flight, Can I Claim?
- Injuries To A Passenger With Disabilities
- Beverage And Food Cart Accidents
- Falls Or Trips On A Flight
- Overhead Storage Bin Injuries
- In-Flight Injuries Caused By Turbulence
- Illness Caused By Food Allergies
- Injuries In Your Seat
- Accident Personal Injury Claim Calculator
- Examples Of What Flight Injury Claims Compensate You For
- No Win No Fee Accident Personal Injury Claims Against KLM
- How Our Holiday Accident Claim Team Could Help You
- Contact Us
- Holiday Accident Claims Advice
Have you been injured on an airplane? If so, and the incident was not your fault, you could be able to make an airline accident claim. In this guide, we will reveal everything you need to know about these sorts of claims. This includes information on specific claim types, for example, making a claim because you have suffered a hot coffee burn or because of food poisoning. Aside from this, we will explain exactly what is entailed when making these claims. This includes an insight into the amount of money you may receive and how to go about the claiming process too. We will also reveal more about the service we provide. If you have any queries, you will find our contact information at the end of the guide.
If you have been injured on KLM, you may be wondering whether you have a case for compensation. Not all accidents that happen while on a flight will be eligible for damages. Only accidents that have happened due to the negligence of the airline and caused you a direct injury would be considered for a compensation claim. In this section, we are going to help you to figure out whether you have a chance of securing compensation with three simple questions, so read on to discover more.
Who caused the accident?
The most important aspect of any personal injury claim is being able to establish responsibility. You need to show that someone else is responsible for your injuries because they caused the accident you were involved in. You certainly will not be able to make a claim if you caused the accident. However, if you were partially to blame, there is a possibility that you could get compensation. However, please note that this amount will be a lot lower to reflect your involvement.
When did the incident happen?
The next factor you need to concern yourself with is the date of the accident. This is important because there is a three-year time limit on personal injury cases in most instances, yet this can be reduced to two, or even 1 in some cases as you will discover in this guide. This starts from the date of the accident, or the date you are aware you have suffered an injury. Please call us and we can tell you which time limit applies to you as they can vary.
Have you seen a doctor for your injuries?
Last but not least, we advise that you see a medical professional, irrespective of how minor your injuries may be. This is because you may find the medical report that is going to be provided by your doctor useful for your case. This is sometimes quite an important piece of evidence in an airline accident claim, and it is sometimes used to determine how much money you will receive. It usually states your injuries, the extent of them, and the treatment plan that the doctor has recommended. If you haven’t seen a doctor though, you might still be able to claim. Your solicitor may require you to attend an appointment with a medic, this is often arranged at a place local to where you live.
Some people are shocked to learn that there is a personal injury claims time limit. This will depend on the nature of what has happened. You can refer to the table below for more details.
|The circumstances of your illness or injury||The time limit|
|Claims under the Montreal Convention||2 years from the accident|
|Package holiday accidents||3 years from the accident|
|Injury or illness that has happened on a holiday or trip that was booked privately||Approximately 1 year, yet this can vary|
There are a number of pieces of legislation in place to protect passengers. This includes the Montreal Convention, which is explained in the next segment and EU law. Legislation includes the law that is in place for package holidays, which means you can claim directly against the tour operator, rather than having to go directly to the independent supplier.
You may have heard of the Montreal Convention before. This is a policy that was put in place to protect passengers flying in international airspace. Therefore, it is not designed if you are flying from a UK airport to another UK airport – although if you were and you became injured due to the fault of an airline, UK law should protect your rights. The Montreal Convention, however, ensures you can make a claim for compensation if you were on a plane in international airspace. It also covers travel disruptions and baggage problems too. With these claims, you will have two years to make a case.
There are different types of accidents that could happen and could cause you to get injured on a flight. Here are some examples:
- Injuries caused due to unexpected turbulence
- Slips and fills
- Food poisoning and allergies
- Overhead locker accidents
- Trolley accidents
- Accidents involving disabled passengers
- Scalds and burns
We will go into more detail in the next sections.
If you have suffered a hot coffee burn or a hot tea burn, you may be able to make a claim. Of course, if you dropped the drink out of sheer clumsiness, you cannot claim. However, you could look to seek compensation if a flight attendant spilled the drink on you and it caused a burn injury. You could possibly also claim if they served you something that was way too hot to consume and you burned your mouth on it.
If you have a disability or someone you love is flying and they have a disability, it is important to get in touch with the airline at least 48 hours before your flight if possible. This gives them ample time to prepare and to ensure you have the assistance you need. If you inform the airline, and if the correct care is not provided, a disabled passenger could suffer an injury. There are many ways this could happen. Disabled passengers could be injured if they are not secured in their airline seat properly, for example, or if they are not brought their necessary medication during the flight. In addition to this, there could be injuries when embarking or disembarking the airline if the crew does not take adequate care and attention.
A lot of people underestimate just how dangerous the food and beverage trolleys on planes can be. They are very heavy and could easily end up causing an injury if they are not used properly. If the steward does not put the brakes on the cart and it crashes into someone, it could cause an injury. Moreover, there could be injuries if the steward rolls the cart over your foot, knocks your elbow or shoulder because they were not paying attention. If you have experienced an airplane trolley accident, simply give us a call and we could be able to advise on the merits of your case.
You could experience a fall or a trip on a plane. You could be injured while getting on or off the plane, for example, or you could slip on the flight itself because of a hazard on-board. Slip, trip and fall accidents are common incidents that take place no matter the environment, they are common because they can happen in varies ways. If you have experienced a slip or trip due to the fault of an airline and have been injured as a result you may be able to make a claim for damages.
If the overhead lockers have not been correctly secured by cabin crew during takeoff and landing, they may come open and if items fall out causing injuries it may be possible to pursue an airline accident personal injury claim. Please call our team to see if your overhead storage bin accident has grounds for a case for compensation.
If turbulence has happened on your flight and the correct procedure have not been followed resulting in you injuring yourself, you may have grounds to make a successful personal injury claim. When turbulence is expected, the seat belt light must come on and all passengers must be seated so that they are not injured during turbulence also no stewards are allowed to serve drinks and food. If this procedure is not followed, and you have suffered an injury due to an accident call us to see if you can pursue a claim.
Aside from the accidents and injuries that have already been mentioned, you could also make an air accident claim if you have suffered food poisoning or food allergies while on a flight and it can be medically proven. People could experience food poisoning from foods or beverages served on an aircraft if they haven’t been stored, prepared or cooked properly. They may also suffer an allergic reaction and could possibly claim if they are served foods by the airline which contain food that they are allergic to, having previously informed the airline of their allergies. Moreover, by law, if one of the 14 main allergens are present within food, the consumer must be made aware of this fact.
If you have hurt yourself because of a problem with the aircraft’s upkeep, you could also possibly make a claim. These sorts of cases tend to involve accidents with faulty chairs, and they could often be to do with armrest faults or faults with moving the seat back.
One thing you will want to know is how much compensation you are going to be likely to get. You may be tempted to use a personal injury claims calculator. You will see a lot of these tools on the web. The truth is, however, that it is impossible to give you an accurate quote on the compensation you’ll get before you make a claim because every case is different and is handled as such. Below, we have provided figures for a number of different injuries. If you cannot find the injury that you have suffered, there is no need to worry; all you need to do is give us a call.
|Type of Injury||Severity||Amount||Information|
|Head Injury||Minor brain or head injury to moderate brain damage.||£1,940 to £192,090||Brackets start at brain damage being minimal, good recovery will be made to concentration and memory effected, work life affected, intellectual deficit, a personality change, an effect on sight, speech and senses with a significant risk of epilepsy.|
|Neck Injury||Minor to Moderate||Up to £2,150 to £33,750||Brackets starts at soft tissue damage with recovery in 3 months to accelerated and/or exacerbated a pre-existing condition, permanent nuisance symptoms, wrenching-type injury and disc lesion of the more severe type. The top end of this brackets includes included chronic conditions, usually involving referred symptoms to other parts of the anatomy.|
|Shoulder Injury||Severe||£16,830 to £42,110||Significant disability leading to neck and arm pain.|
|Arm Injury||Simple Fractures||£5,810 to £16,830||Simple fractures of the forearm.|
|Hand Injury||Moderate to Serious||£5,110 to £54,280||Starting off at soft tissue damage, crush injury, laceration, deep wounds to significant impaired function, permanent disability, to reduced capacity, loss of grip, amputation of fingers and possibly palm.|
|Hip/Pelvis Injury||Moderate||£11,040 to £34,340||Hip replacement, hip/pelvis surgery, to significant pelvis/hip permanent disability.|
|Leg Injury||Less serious leg injuries to severe leg injuries.||Up to £10,380 to £119,210||Brackets start as simple leBrackets start as simple leg fractures, leg will be left with metal implant and/or defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort, to imperfect union of fractures, muscle waste, serious compound fractures resulting in instability multiple fractures, effect on employment.g fractures, leg will be left with metal implant and/or defective gait, a limp, impaired mobility, sensory loss, discomfort, to imperfect union of fractures, muscle waste, serious compound fractures, multiple fractures, effect on employment.|
|Knee Injury||Moderate||Up to £12,050 to £22,960||Brackets include twisting, bruising, continuous discomfort to dislocation, torn cartilage, mild future disability.|
|Ankle Injury||Modest Injuries||Upto £12,050||Undisplaced fractures, twists, sprains, ligament injuries.|
|Foot Injury||Modest to Serious||Upto £12,050 to £34,370||Simple metatarsal fractures, ruptured ligaments, puncture wounds to metatarsal fractures resulting in permanent, deformity, risk of fusion surgery to severe injury to a foot or heel.|
|Food Poisoning||Serious but short lived.||£8,360 to £16,830||Diarrhoea and vomiting, disturbance of bowel unction, impact of eating, these brackets are time sensitive if symptoms are indefinite then the top end of the bracket will be considered.|
|Scarring||Trivial Scarring||£1,500 to £3,090||Minor scarring.|
|Psychiatric Injury||Less Severe||£1,350 to £5,130||The length of the psychiatric injury plays a vital role.|
|Fatal Incident||Immediate Unconsciousness/Death within One Week||£1,200 to £2,450|
|Loss of Earnings||An example||£30 000||An injured party may not be able to return to work for a period of time, possibly losing earnings of i.e. £30 000 which may be recuperated as part of special damages.|
When making a claim for compensation you will often be able to claim for both general damages and special damages. General damages is the compensation you will get for the in-flight injuries you have experienced. This will often be calculated based on the medical report that has been put together by your doctor. The extent of your original injury will be considered, as will your treatment plan. Moreover, you could look at making a claim for all of the costs that you have faced because of the accident you have been involved in. This could be a loss of income because you have not been able to work because of your injuries. It could also be the likes of travel expenses, medical costs, and counselling expenses.
According to the news, the recession is long gone. However, many families all over the country are still feeling the damning effects of the poor economic climate. Not to mention the fact that living costs seem to be rising by the day. Because of this, there are thousands of people who might overlook the possibility of claiming when they suffer an accident that was no fault of their own. They might immediately dismiss the idea because they are worried about the extortionate fees that are traditionally associated with law services. Nevertheless, a No Win, No Fee personal injury solicitor has the ideal solution for you. With no upfront fees and no risk, this could be the ideal solution.
No matter what has happened, if it was through no fault of your own but the fault of a third party and you had to receive medical attention or suffered illness or injury as a result, there is a chance that you could make a successful personal injury claim. Nonetheless, if your case is not a success, you won’t have to pay a penny if you go for the option of a No Win, No Fee personal injury lawyer.
At Accident Claims UK, we only provide No Win, No Fee solicitors for our clients, and so we have a brilliant solution for you. You don’t need any money to start your claim, as our advice is completely free. You will speak to an experienced advisor who will tell you the chances of your claim being a success. Our professional, friendly and efficient service will ensure that the experience is as stress-free as possible for you. Plus, you have the added peace of mind that you will only pay for the solicitor’s service if it is a successful one.
Finding the right solicitor is not always an easy challenge. This is especially the case when you consider how many you have to choose from in the UK. This is why Accident Claims UK offers the ideal solution. Read on to discover why we are a company you should consider calling whenever you require a personal injury specialist…
- Free Advice – Accident Claims UK is a company providing free legal advice for anyone who has suffered a personal injury claim. All you need to do is call our helpline. This is available 24/7. You will speak to a friendly and efficient advisor. They will talk you through the claim process and answer any questions you may have. They will also give you a realistic picture regarding your chances of a successful KLM flight accident claim.
- No Win, No Fee – Accident Claims UK is proud to only provide No Win, No Fee solicitors. This is extremely beneficial for you. Firstly, you don’t need any money to begin your case. Secondly, you will only be required to pay if your compensation claim is a successful one. Thirdly, you can be certain you are going to benefit from a committed lawyer. After all, the solicitor is going to be affected by the outcome of your case as well.
- Experience – Having been set up many years ago, we boast a wealth of experience. We have successfully helped thousands and thousands of personal injury victims over the past years. Therefore, you can be certain that we have the capabilities to deal with your claim, no matter how unique or complex it may be.
- Glowing Reputation – Last but not least, Accident Claims UK is a company you can trust. Why not take a look at our customer reviews? This should assure you that we are a safe choice.
If you are ready to make a claim, or even if you want to ask us some questions, all you need to do is give us a call on 0800 073 8801. This line is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. If you would prefer, you can enter your contact information and we will call you back as soon as possible.
|Contact our team by email, phone, or post.||Our team will assess your claim.||Once you are ready, we can then start your claim.|
We hope that this guide has helped you. However, if you need more information about making an air travel accident claim, you may find the guides below helpful.
Hurt on Holiday? – If an accident has happened within your holiday, then you might want to read this guide.
Package tour compensation – Details pertaining to accidents while on a package tour.
Edited by Mel.