Aviation Accident Team

Aviation Accident Team

Our specialist Aviation Team is headed by Ross Whalley. Ross Joined Amelans in 2004 and qualified as a Solicitor in 2006.

Flight attendant helping passenger with luggageDespite his extensive experience in most areas of personal injury litigation, Ross has used his enthusiasm in aviation to become a specialist in such claims. He has run many aviation claims with considerable success having become familiar with the issues and arguments raised within this niche area of personal injury law.
Ross notes, “Many passengers are seriously injured overseas in an aviation context and assume that there is no recourse for their injuries. Passengers often seek the advice of solicitors unfamiliar with aviation law only to be told that they do not have a case because they were injured outside of the UK. However, regardless of the country in which a flight departs from, arrives at or is flying over, the Montreal Convention usually applies. This is an important piece of legislation which empowers the legal rights of passengers who have suffered an aviation accident. It enables passengers to seek compensation for their injuries and consequential losses provided they have been involved in an accident. But there is much legal debate over which incidents can be termed accidents and whether the airline can be afforded a defence.  Expert legal advice from specialists committed to the representation of airline passengers is required so we would recommend that any party injured when taking a flight contacts us immediately”.