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In-flight airplane accidents often result in death or very serious injuries. Consequently, these types of cases usually involve large financial settlements or verdicts. But on the same note, these cases can be challenging when it comes to establishing fault and proving liability. If you or a loved one has been involved in an airplane accident, it is extremely important to get legal help right away from a personal injury lawyer equipped to handle these types of cases involving aviation law.
For good reason, the U.S. airline industry is one of the most regulated businesses on the American corporate landscape. Even the slightest mistakes and mechanical breakdowns can lead to large-scale disasters and numerous deaths.
While we don’t regularly hear about these large-scale accidents in the news, everyday injuries on flights and in airports happen quite frequently, like slips, trips, and falls, falling luggage, and even turbulence. In most cases, airline passengers can recover financial compensation for injuries sustained during an airline flight, especially if the airline, manufacturer, or any other liable party is proven to have been negligent.
Each year, more than 2 billion passengers fly on commercial airlines. With billions of people travelling by air each year, accidents are bound to happen. An accident related to flying can be caused by almost anything, from carry-on luggage falling out of an overhead compartment to severe turbulence landing passengers in the hospital for spinal trauma, a concussion, or another kind of personal injury.
Here are some important statistics regarding airplane accidents:
Our Florida Airline and Airport Accident Injury and Death Attorneys at Whittel & Melton have handled aviation accident cases that involved a number of different causes including:
As we mentioned before, many airline and airport accidents involve more everyday mishaps that result in common airplane injuries, such as:
Our Florida Aviation Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton know that airline passenger injuries are far more common than most would guess. If you were harmed by another person’s negligence or carelessness at an airport or during a flight, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for damages.
Most U.S. airlines charge passengers a fee to check their baggage, so nowadays we see far more travelers than ever trying to wedge carry-on luggage into tight overhead spaces. The fallout can be especially hazardous for those parked in an aisle seat, where concussions and lacerations from falling baggage are most common.
While many people every year suffer from turbulence-related injuries following a fight, it is important to note that airlines are not usually held accountable for unforeseen, unpredictable acts of nature. However, if the airline crew was aware of the possibility of turbulence, then any injury victims may be able to recover compensation if passengers were not warned beforehand.
In conclusion, if the pilot was aware of potential turbulence and failed to warn passengers to fasten their seatbelts, the airline can indeed be held legally responsible if passengers are injured.
Airports can pose risks to visitors and guests at numerous places, including:
Our Florida In-Flight & Airport Accident Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are skilled negotiators and litigators ready to take on your personal injury and wrongful death claims erupting from airplane and airport incidents. Many aviation injury cases are settled before they see the inside of a courtroom, but some must go to trial to receive a verdict. Regardless of whether we go to trial or settle out of court, our number one priority for all of our clients is to ensure that they receive full and fair compensation for their injuries or losses.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an airport accident or while on-board a flight, contact us immediately for a free consultation. We take all personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency basis, meaning we are paid only when we win your case.