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Monday, January 26, 2015
Can I Recover For In-Flight Injuries?
think of the risk of injury while flying, they most often think about deadly
airplane crashes. Airline crashes are relatively rare, however as only 716 people died1 worldwide in 2014 from airplane
crashes, while 32,719 people died2 in motor vehicle crashes, according
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). These statistics
puts in perspective that flying may, in fact, be the safest form of
transportation as far as fatalities are concerned. However, this does not mean
that airline passengers do not suffer injuries, as an estimated 4,500 people
suffer injuries during flight travel on an annual basis. If an injury is caused
by another party's negligence, victims have the legal right to recover for
their losses from the responsible party.
that may be responsible for flight travel injuries
many different parties that may act negligently and may be held liable for
resulting injuries. Such parties may include:
attendants – Flight
attendants have many different responsibilities meant to keep passengers safe
while they are in-flight. For example, they must adequately secure all overhead
compartments in order to ensure that a compartment does no open mid-flight and
cause luggage to fall onto the heads of passengers. Additionally, they must
keep aisles clear to avoid trip and fall accidents, and must assist passengers
as much as possible in the event of an emergency.
– While pilots
cannot control turbulence or other weather conditions that may make for a bumpy
plane ride, they should always be paying attention to upcoming conditions to
properly warn passengers to remain seated and of possible hazards. If a pilot
is distracted and fails to notify passengers of the need to fasten their safety
belts and a passenger suffers injury as a result, that pilot may be held liable.
Additionally, working while impaired or fatigued can lead to negligence that
can cause injuries, as well.
Aviation Administration (FAA) – The
FAA3 employs air traffic controllers
that have the huge responsibility of directing airplane traffic in order to
avoid collisions. If an air traffic controller is distracted, fatigued,
impaired, or otherwise fails to correctly do his job, he may be held liable for
any injuries that result.
manufacturer – There
are many different parts on a plane that have the potential to malfunction and
cause injury. If a manufacturer negligently designed or assembled a defective
airplane part, that company should be responsible for any losses related to the
– Like any other
type of property, airports have the potential to have dangerous conditions or
hazards and cause injuries. Premises liability and inadequate security claims
are the most common in airports.
As you can
see, many different parties may be responsible for your airport or in-flight
injuries. These cases often require investigation and preparation, so you
always want to ensure you have the assistance of an experienced Tampa
area in-flight injury attorney.
an experienced personal injury lawyer in Clearwater, Florida for help today
If you have
suffered injuries on a flight or in an airport and believe that an employee of
the airline or another party acted negligently to cause your injury, call an
experienced attorney as soon as possible. At the Dolman Law Group in Clearwater,
Florida, a member of our highly skilled legal team will listen to your side of
the story and evaluate whether you have a valid legal claim against any party
for your in-flight injuries. We know how to handle personal injury claims
against large corporations, such as airports and airlines, and we will work to
make sure you receive the full settlement amount that you deserve for your
injuries. Call us today at 727-451-6900 for a free consultation.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900