Modern air travel is the safest form of transportation, but accidents and injuries do happen. For example, what if a suitcase falls from the overhead bin, injuring a passenger? Or if the flight attendant spills hot tea on a passenger?
What are my rights?
For most flights to, from, and within Israel, the Montreal Convention 1999 applies and it governs personal injury claims. Article 17(1) discusses death and injuries, stating:
“The carrier is liable for damage sustained in case of death or bodily injury of a passenger upon condition only that the accident which caused the death or injury took place on board the aircraft or in the course of any of the operations of embarking or disembarking.”
Israeli courts have established that two conditions must exist in order for the airline to be liable:
1. An “accident” took place, meaning an event or chain of events that was unexpected or unusual, external to the passenger.
2. The accident resulted in injury or death of the passenger.
Assuming the above conditions are fulfilled, the passenger is entitled to recover damages up to the airline’s limit of liability which is approximately 600,000 shekels.
Contact our offices today to check your eligibility for compensation!