Passengers sue airlines over blood clots

A Melbourne law firm representing a group of 10 people, will take legal action against major airlines for failing to warn its clients of the potential health risks of blood clots associated with long-distance air travel. Commonly referred to as “economy-class syndrome”, Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) are blood clots caused by sitting in cramped conditions for an extended period of time. Qantas, British Airways, Air France and Air New Zealand will be issued with writs against them in the new year. Slater & Gordon, the Melbourne law firm representing the group of 10, says that each claim may be worth up to $60,000 though this is dependent on the individual circumstances of each claimant and how much the airline knew about the risk of DVT beforehand. Meanwhile, Qantas has announced that it will include information about DVT in inflight magazines and videos.

‘Airlines face legal action from ‘economy-class syndrome' sufferers', The Australian, 11/12/00, p 1.

To find out more about the risks of DVT read our article, Avoid clots on long haul flights.