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Blue Air Flight Personal Injury Claims Guide – How To Claim Compensation For An Accident on a Blue Air Flight?

This web page presents a detailed guide to the process of making a compensation claim following a Blue Air flight accident. It will cover everything that you will need to know, in order to learn why you could be eligible to pursue an airline for compensation, and also how to go about starting a claim.

If you need any part of this guide explained in more detail, or have any questions about the claim process at all, then please speak to one of the Legal Expert claim advisors on 0800 073 8804. They will be able to give you the help that you need.

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Our Guide To Blue Air Flight Accident Claims

Blue Air flightBefore we get into the meat of this guide, it is important that you understand that there is a two year personal injury claims time limit for flights in international air space so we advise  you begin your claim within these limits. If this deadline is getting close for you, call Legal Expert right now, and we can expedite a claim for you.

The first part of this guide is going to discuss some of the background facts that you will need to know. We go over your rights as an airline passenger, how the Montreal Convention applies to these rights, and why you may be eligible to make a claim against an airline.

In the second part of this guide, we move on to discuss the most common reasons that people make a claim against an airline, and this will include:

  • Scalds and burns that are the result of spilt food and drink.
  • Disabled passengers who are handled incorrectly and injured.
  • Falls, slips and trips on the plane.
  • Luggage falling from an overhead bin.
  • Turbulence during the flight causing injuries.
  • Food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses.
  • Allergic reactions to the in-flight
  • Damaged or faulty seats causing injuries.

In the last part of this guide, we switch to discussing the claim itself, specifically the financial aspects. We give a list of the typical types of damages we often see claimants awarded, and we provide a table that lists typical amounts of compensation for a wide range of different injuries. Finally, we go over the primary service that we offer here at Legal Expert. A claims service that operates under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a way for you to have your claim processed in a financially risk-free manner. If you have any questions about the claims process or the contents of this guide, please speak to one of our claim advisors on the contact number at the bottom of the page.

What Are In-Flight Accidents?

Airline statistics

The graph above shows the incidents of accidents per one million passengers. Not every accident on a plane is the result of a plane crash. There are plenty of more minor accidents that can cause passengers harm, and that a personal injury lawyer could be able to process a claim for. It is these kinds of accidents that this guide is going to cover in general. For some really good information about flight safety, you can take a look at the link below:

Civil Aviation Authority information on airline safety

Check Your Eligibility To Make A Blue Air Flight Accident Claim

You must be eligible for compensation in some way, for a solicitor to be able to process a personal injury claim for you. This means that the airline in general due to its operational practices, or one of the airline employees through their actions, has to be the cause of harm you have suffered.

This can be either wholly the cause, or partially the cause. If the latter is true, then the claim would be pursued at a reduced percentage of liability, and the eventual compensation settlement would reflect this. If you need to check whether you are eligible to make a claim or not, speak to one of the Legal Expert claim advisors on the phone number at the bottom of the page.

Air Passenger Rights When Flying From The UK

A personal injury solicitor will base the claim they process for you, on your rights as a passenger on a plane. On top of the general consumer rights that you have, each airline also has to provide other rights, such as:

  1. The right to be given a written copy of your rights before you embark the plane.
  2. The right to claim for accidents, injuries and illness.
  3. The right to claim for flight delays and cancellations.
  4. The right to claim for luggage that has been lost or damaged in transit.
  5. The right to an ad-hoc pre-payment before a full settlement is reached, to help with financial hardship caused by our injuries.

You can find a lot more in-depth information about your passenger rights at this link:

A full overview of your rights as an airline passenger

The Montreal Convention And International Flights

The rights covered above, are all quite simple to police while a plane is within the national boundaries of a country with a legal system. But what happens when the plane passes beyond those boundaries, into international airspace, where no legal jurisdiction exists? In this case, the Montreal Convention comes into its own. This is an internationally recognised set of laws (much like maritime law), that helps to protect people. For example, it is the Montreal Convention that would be used to pursue a claim based on your rights as an airline passenger, when the plane is outside of the three-mile limit of national boundaries. You can find a lot more information about this, here at this link:

A guide to airline legislation’s

What Injuries Could You Claim Compensation For?

When it comes to suing an airline for an injury, there are certain types of incidents that we see as the basis of a claim more often than others, and this includes:

  • Scalds and burns that are the result of spilt food and drink.
  • Disabled passengers who are handled incorrectly and injured.
  • Falls, slips and trips on the plane.
  • Luggage falling from an overhead bin.
  • Turbulence during the flight causing injuries.
  • Food poisoning and other foodborne illnesses.
  • Allergic reactions to the in-flight refreshments and food.
  • Damaged or faulty seats causing injuries.

We are going to take a look at each of these common types of claims in the following sections.

Passenger Scald And Burn Injuries

When hot food or drink is spilt on a passenger, and it causes an injury such as a coffee burn, or a tea burn, then a reason to make a claim could exist. Whether a member of the cabin crew was fully responsible for the spillage, or whether a third-party was also involved, you should still be able to make a claim against the airline for the member of the cabin crew being negligent in their duties.

Disabled Passenger Injury Claims

Every person that works for an airline and has any involvement in dealing with passengers during their journey, is trained in providing help and assistance to disabled passengers. If this training fails, and a disabled passenger is harmed due to mistreatment at the hands of a member of the airline staff, they could have a valid reason to make a compensation claim for their injuries. You can check the current UK requirements related to disabled passengers at this page: UK Government info for disabled passengers on planes

Injuries That Could Be Caused By A Service Cart Impact

Another area where airline staff receive significant levels of training is in serving passengers with food and drinks safely, in the cramped environment of the plane. Therefore, when trolley accidents happen, the cabin crew are may be liable. This would include both accidents where a passenger is hit by a trolley, and also accidents caused by the trolley being left in an inappropriate place, causing a hazard.

Slip, Trip, And Fall Airline Passenger Injuries

These simple yet often serious accidents can happen anywhere and are the single most commonly claimed for accidents involving an airline. They can be caused by hazards such as:

  • Water on the floor of the aircraft bathroom.
  • Food or drink that has been spilt from the service trolley.
  • Bags that have been left in the aisle, causing a trip.
  • Unstable or uneven steps that causing a boarding or disembarkation accident.

No matter how your slip, trip or fall was caused, Legal Expert could be able to help you make a claim. Use the contact number at the bottom of this guide to speak to one of our claim advisors today.

Accidents Caused By Overhead Luggage Falling On You

An overhead luggage bin injury could be a reason for people to make an airline accident claim. The cabin crew is responsible for supervising passengers as they place their luggage into the overhead compartments, and also for checking that each luggage bin is safe and secured before the plane takes off and lands. They are also expected to assist passengers who need access to their luggage while in flight. Please call us to see if you can make a claim for an injury due to a overhead locker.

Injuries That Could Be Sustained In Unexpected Turbulence

Whilst the airline cannot be held responsible for the weather that causes turbulence, the crew of the aircraft do have certain responsibilities with regards to turbulence, and when they fail in these, there could be a reason to claim for in-flight injuries on aeroplanes compensation. The aircraft crew should, in the event of turbulence:

  1. Switch on the seatbelt signs.
  2. Mark all bathrooms as engaged/unavailable.
  3. Ensure that every passenger is securely seated.

If they fail in this, and an injury is the result, then a valid reason to make a claim could exist.

Food Poisoning

Food on a flight should be healthy, safe and cooked fresh before it is placed on the plane to be reheated. When this process fails, and a passenger comes down with a foodborne illness such as food poisoning, a valid reason to make a compensation claim could exist, if it can be proven that the airline was at fault. The same is true for any illness that is contracted as a result of the actions of the airline or its staff.

Food Allergy Claims

All food that is served by the airline should be clearly labelled to show the full allergen content. Additionally, the cabin crew are supposed to know enough about the food that they are serving to passengers, to be able to answer questions related to dietary requirements including allergies. When a passenger suffers an allergic reaction due to not being given accurate information, a reason to make a claim could exist.

Broken Seat Injury Claims

The seats of a plane are designed to be one of the primary safety features for protecting passengers in the event of a crash, or during periods of turbulence. They are also the place where the safety belt is anchored to. The seats are inspected regularly, and are part of the overall safety checklist. When a damaged or faulty seat leads to a passenger being injured, the airline could be liable to pay compensation.

What Can My Inflight Injury Airplane Compensation Include?

When a solicitor is successful in processing a claim for you, then your settlement will be made up of several forms of damages, such as:

  • Special damages (for financial and other losses):
    • Loss of future potential.
    • Loss of current wages/salary.
    • Private medical care.
    • Care costs.
    • Travel costs.
  • General damages (for harm and suffering):
    • Permanent or long-term disability.
    • Loss of quality of life.
    • Painful recovery.
    • Psychological injury.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Mental shock and trauma.

Speak to one of the Legal Expert claim advisors on the telephone number down at the bottom of the page, to learn which damages might be applicable in your own case.

Injury Claims Calculator

We have not added a personal injury claims calculator to this page. Instead, we have provided you with this table based on actual compensation amounts for different injuries. (JC Guidelines).

Injury TypeSeverityCompensationInformation
Toe injuryModerate to severeUp to £49,180Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to complete loss of all toes, mobility and effect on overall foot will be taken into consideration.
Ankle injuryMinor to severeUp to £61,110Here, injuries are going to range upwards from tissue damage (bruising, scrapes, burns, cuts, etc.) through sprains, damage to the muscles and also fractures, to some level of loss of function of the ankle, transmalleolar fracture with possible future amputation.
Foot injuryMinor to very severeUp to £96,150Here, injuries are going to range upwards from lacerations, bruises and other soft tissue injuries, through broken bones, nerve or muscles damage, to paralysis or loss of the foot or to a below-knee amputation because of the loss of the ankle joint.
Leg injuryMinor to severeUp to £120,530Here, injuries are going to range upwards from general tissue damage such as burns, scrapes and cuts, through muscle or nerve damage, fractures either simple or compound, to loss of function or complete amputation of the leg fully above the knee with consideration for the risk of developing osteoarthritis in the remaining joints of both lower limbs or in the hips and spine.
Hand injuryMinor to seriousUp to £96,150Here, injuries are going to range upwards from lacerations, bruises and other soft tissue injuries, through broken bones, nerve or muscles damage, to paralysis or total loss of the dominant hand.
Wrist injuryMinor to severeUp to £52,490Here, injuries are going to range upwards from tissue damage (bruising, scrapes, burns, cuts, etc.) through sprains, damage to the muscles and also fractures, to some level of loss of function of the wrist to fractures where an arthrodesis has been performed.
Arm injuryModerate to severeUp to £120,270Here, injuries are going to range upwards from general tissue damage such as burns, scrapes and cuts, through muscle or nerve damage, fractures either simple or compound, to loss of function or complete amputation of the arm fully (at the shoulder).
Finger injuryMinor to severeUp to £32,210Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to severe fracture, partial amputation, impairment of grip and reduced function, complete loss of one or more of the fingers.
Thumb injuryMinor to severeUp to £48,080Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue that could include lacerations, bruising, cuts, etc. through fractures, dislocations and nerve damage, to complete loss of one or both thumbs.
Back injuryMinor to severeUp to £141,150Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue of the back such as lacerations, burns, scrapes, etc. through damage to the vertebrae, muscle damage or sprains, to either complete or partial paralysis, possible combination of incomplete paralysis and significantly impaired bladder, bowel and sexual function.
Neck injuryMinor to severeUp to £130,060Here, injuries are going to range upwards from damage to the soft tissue of the neck such as lacerations, burns, scrapes, etc. through damage to the vertebrae, muscle damage or sprains, to either complete or partial paralysis, or incomplete paraplegia or resulting in permanent spastic quadriparesis.
Food IllnessSevere Toxicosis£33,700 to £46,060Causing serious acute pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fever, requiring hospital admission, severe impact on life and work.
Food Poisoning Minor £800 to £3,460Diarrhoea, stomach cramps clearing in a few days or weeks.

Use the number below, to speak to one of the Legal Expert claim advisors for a much more accurate estimate of how much you could claim.

No Win No Fee In-Flight Accident Claims

Legal Expert offers our No Win No Fee claims service as a financially risk-free way for you to have your claim processed. We charge no fee to start a claim, no fee for processing a claim, and no fee if we don’t secure you any compensation. When we are successful, we take our fee from the money received and then give you the rest.

How Legal Expert Can Help With Your Blue Air Flight Accident Claim

Legal Expert can help you to get the compensation that you are eligible for. We aim to get you the very most compensation possible for your case, and to ensure that you have the optimum chance of winning your claim. Speak to one of our claim advisors on the number below to proceed today.

Contact Us Today

Are you ready to get started with a claim for an illness or injury caused by an airline such as Blue Air? Do you think you have a valid reason to pursue an airline for damages? If so, call the Legal Expert claims team on 0800 073 8804, and they can get started on your claim right away.

Additional Resources

We have a number of useful links further up this guide, here they are again in case you read past them:

Civil Aviation Authority information on airline safety

A full overview of your rights as an airline passenger

A guide to airline legislations

UK Government info for disabled passengers on planes

We also have many other guides on this site that might be useful, such as these:

A guide to professional negligence claims

Claiming for an allergic reaction

Claims for package holiday accidents

Edited by Melissa.

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