Aviation Rail and Sea Related Claims

We act on behalf of victims and families involved in aviation, rail and sea related accidents.

Claims for death or injury of passengers.

Claims of sailors and other workers in the ship industry and aircrew.

Aviation Accidents

Despite air travel being one of the safest methods of transport available, unfortunately accidents can happen. We have extensive experience and expertise in handling all types of aviation claims for passengers and crew.

We provide comprehensive legal advice to victims and their families for injuries resulting from accidents during transportation of passengers by air, with respect to their claims both nationally and internationally.

In what concerns the applicable rules, these have their origin in the Warsaw Convention of 12 October 1929, which determined the liability of air carriers in the event of death or injury of a passenger, assuming the responsibility of the airline in any case.

Subsequently, in order to improve the adequate protection of the rights of passengers, the 1999 Montreal Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air was passed.

At the European Community level, the European Union adopted Regulation (EC) no. 2027/1997 on the liability of carriers in respect of the carriage of passengers and their luggage, which was amended by Regulation (EC) No. 889/2002 to ensure better passenger protection and full compatibility between Community protection and liability regime established in the Montreal Convention.

Regarding the damage that the airline should be responsible for, according to the Montreal Convention, the carrier is liable for damage sustained in case of death or bodily injury of a passenger upon condition only that the accident causing death or injury has occurred on board the aircraft or during any of the operations of embarking or disembarking.

Claims against:

  • Airlines.
  • Insurers.
  • Manufacturers.

We have a broad international network (U.S. and Europe), which allows us to carry out the necessary investigations in these cases.

Maritime accidents

With respect to claims for injuries resulting from shipping accidents, we assess the different claims available to obtain compensation for the damage caused.

We must bear in mind that in civil terms the cruise companies or those dedicated to the transportation of passengers by sea often insert in the tickets issued to passengers special provisions that reduce the time limit for bringing actions, and include submission jurisdiction to pursue claims, usually USA.

In most cases passengers, unaware of the contents of such terms, may be adversely affected by an untimely exercise of their rights or by an improper selection of the court in which to bring the claim. Similarly, we must consider the laws applicable to the country of registration of the vessel in the case of cruise ships, and the choice of the most favorable conditions in the approach of the claim. All this requires a degree of expertise and a network of partners that allow firms pursue claims in the United States and the various countries of the European Union.