Airline accidents are horrific and can traumitize even people who were not aboard a flight that crashes. In light of the recent Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco International Airport, it is especially important for victims to have a clear understanding of the governing law when it comes to airline carrier liability and victim compensation. Unlike other aviation accidents, accidents which affect ticketed passengers on an international itinerary are subject to the Warsaw Convention, otherwise known as the “Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air.” An accident as defined under the Convention can be an airplane crash or other “unusual or unexpected” event that occurs during the flight which causes physical injury to a passenger. One example would be the failure of airline personnel to provide medical assistance to a passenger which results in the worsening of a passenger’s condition. The Warsaw Convention sets forth specific parameters concerning jurisdiction, liability, compensation, and damages when it concerns accidents occurring in international transit. Victims should be aware of these parameters and should ensure that they retain an experienced international aviation accident attorney who will protect their rights and be capable of navigating the complex legal hurdles present in these cases.
The Cartwright Law Firm has extensive experience with such airline accidents that fall under the auspices of the Warsaw Convention. We can help both victims and family members in finding equitable resolutions, with sensitivity to the trauma, and deep knowledge of the law. Call today if you have any questions regarding your specific airline accident.