Airplane Crash Survivors offered Compensation for Psychological Injury
Airplane crash survivors from the Asiana Flight 214 that crashed last month on its approach to San Francisco International Airport have been offered compensation for a psychological injury by the airline company responsible.
Three passengers died in the aftermath of the crash on July 6th, when it is believed that a Boeing 777 carrying passengers from Seoul in South Korea misjudged the height of a perimeter seawall and burst into flames on the runway.
181 of the 291 passengers that were on board the flight were admitted to hospital, where 49 remain in serious condition while the US National Transportation Safety Board continue with their investigation into how the accident occurred.
The offer of compensation for a psychological injury is being made to all the survivors of the accident – whether they sustained a physical injury or not – and is being made under US law which means that victims will not lose their right to claim further compensation once the investigation is completed.
How much compensation for an airplane crash passengers ultimately receive will depend on their nationality, whether they boarded the plane in a country which has ratified the Montreal Convention and whether their journey was one-way or a round trip – as well as the nature of their injuries.
Although the offer of compensation for a psychological injury is being made now by Asiana Airlines, it is unlikely to be the limit of their liability, as Post Traumatic Stress Disorders can manifest years after a trigger event.