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Air Accidents


International airliner, regional jet, helicopter and light aircraft aviation accidents - Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law is the most experienced claimant aviation litigation practice in Europe, acting for victims and families involved in aviation accidents worldwide since the 1980s. We have a specialist team of aviation lawyers and in-house professional pilot experience on light aircraft, single/ twin engine turbo-prop, high performance military aircraft and large Boeing airliner aircraft. This unrivalled expertise is used to identify what went wrong (and who should be called to account) at an early stage. This not only assists in promoting flight safety, it also enables us to identify the correct defendants for any subsequent litigation – which may be against the airline operator under international conventions or US product liability litigation against the aircraft/ component manufacturer.

Geraldine McCool is "thorough and extremely efficient...very highly rated for her expertise in military and aviation claims" - Legal 500 (2016)

Current Air Accident Cases

The accidents listed below are some of our active cases and investigations:

Air Accident Case History 

The Irwin Mitchell Aviation Law Team has been involved as claimant lawyers in a significant number of cases spanning four decades. Click on the link to read more:

Basis of claim

Did you know that you might have a claim against an airline or carrier without having to prove fault? The provisions of the Warsaw and Montreal Conventions govern most claims for damages following air accidents and provide enhanced protection for passengers. Under the Conventions, if you have sustained injury following an accident whilst on a flight or during embarkation or disembarkation, you may have a claim against the carrier even if they were not at fault. Contact us now to find out more.

Did you know that you may also have a claim against the aircraft manufacturer/ component manufacturer in the USA, where compensation levels are higher than anywhere else in the world? Many aircraft (Boeing, Cessna, Learjet etc) are manufactured in the US so, when a problem with the aircraft causes/ contributes to an accident, these manufacturers are held to account by filing the case in the US. Also, aircraft manufactured outside the US (such as Airbus) source up to half of their key components from the US, meaning that there is a US case where these components go wrong.

Where you can bring your claim

This depends upon the circumstances of your accident. For the carrier’s liability under the Montreal Convention, you have a choice of where to bring your claim which will include the country/state where the carrier is based, where you were flying to and where you permanently lived if the carrier also carries on business there. As mentioned above, if there is a US product defect, you can bring your claim against the manufacturer in the US. We can advise you further on this.

Time limit

NOTE - The time limit for bringing a claim following an air accident is normally only 2 years from the date of the accident. It is therefore important that you contact us as soon as possible for advice. Remember, we offer a FREE initial consultation.

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