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What is the Montreal Convention?

Have you been injured on a plane? Do you know if what happened qualifies as an accident under the law? It may not be clear immediately, but the Montreal Convention helps passengers and crew alike understand what their rights and responsibilities are during or after a high-speed journey through the air between countries.

  • What is the Montreal Convention?

This convention led to an agreement on how international air carriers treat their passengers and others who pay for their services. In the event that something goes wrong and a passenger wants to know their rights in addressing it, the convention can help.

  • What is classified as an accident?

Arguably, any sort of incident results in perceivable injury or damage that is not caused by a passenger's own actions may be considered an accident. In a recent ruling, a judge ruled that the Montreal Convention should include a spilled coffee as an accident after it injured a passenger.

  • What happened in this case?

A six-year-old girl was apparently injured when a cup of coffee without a lid was handed to her father as she sat next to him on an international flight. The airline, which has since gone out of business, originally declined to pay a claim.

  • Who can help in cases like this?

An attorney can always review an injury claim or other serious problem that occurs on a commercial flight. Legal representation is often very helpful after any sort of injury or damage experienced on a plane, as it may originally be unclear who was responsible or even if someone was.

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