28 Sep 2023
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What happens if you get injured on a plane?

What happens if you get injured on a plane? You may be eligible to make a claim for compensation if you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault.

Incidents can happen in many different ways on a plane but you shouldn’t just accept the consequences.

Instead, make the call to Winns. We’re a personal injury compensation specialist who can work on your behalf to get the outcome you deserve.

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Airplane injury compensation – what kind of injuries are common?

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries.

Head injuries, fractures, and broken bones, this is a fraction of the possible injuries that can be sustained on, or embarking or disembarking, an aircraft; many of which can be potentially damaging to your future physical health. Here are some instances that can cause these injuries:


A sudden change in the altitude and stability of the aircraft due to poor weather conditions, or rough air, can result in passengers losing their footing or falling into objects. Whether causing a serious head injury as a result of a collision with falling luggage or losing balance and falling, or suffering broken bones, acute turbulence can be dangerous to those on the aircraft.


Falling and hurting yourself can happen at any point of your journey, from embarking on potentially slippery surfaces if it has been raining, or on board because of turbulence. Disembarking should be done with care. If an accident occurs, there can be damage to ligaments, broken bones, severe back pain, or even head injuries depending on the nature of the fall.

Luggage falling

During particularly bumpy flights, the hand luggage stored in the overhead compartments can move, become unstable and fall on passengers when they open the compartment. Some hand luggage can be heavy to carry - when it falls on you unexpectedly, the possibility of a significant injury increases.

What should you do after an accident on an aircraft?

If you’ve suffered as a result of a non-fault accident, you could be eligible for airplane injury compensation.

To help our claim’s chances, you shouldn’t suffer in silence but instead seek medical treatment for the injuries sustained. This independent medical expert logging of your injuries is evidence of the impact of the accident and, more importantly, it gets you on the road to recovery quicker.

When possible, make detailed notes of how the incident occurred; what caused the accident in your opinion? Detail the environment, and if anyone else was involved. The more detail the better and do it as soon as possible to ensure it is fresh in your memory and you don’t omit anything.

When ready, and within the three-year time period following the incident, file a claim for compensation. You can do this through Winns, who can help you every step of the way on a no win no fee basis.

How much you can claim depends on the nature of the accident and the extent of the injuries.

Why choose Winns?

We have decades of experience in supporting clients and successfully gaining compensation for them following a non-fault accident.

With a 4.8 out of 5 Trustpilot rating, based on the experience of nearly 10,000 clients, our one stop shop approach to accident management is welcomed by our customers, allowing them to focus on recovery while we do the legwork with their claim. Whether it is arranging medical treatment or handling all aspects of the legal side of proceedings, we’re here to help you every step of the way.

Working on a no win no fee basis, you don’t pay anything in upfront costs and won’t pay for our services if your claim is unsuccessful. When it is, we deduct a set percentage that you agree with from the outset, even if your claim becomes more complex. No surprise fees, no spiralling legal costs, just the reassurance that Winns is on your side.

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