If you or a loved one suffer an injury on an airplane, you might be eligible to obtain financial compensation. These injuries can be the result of many hazards that may exist on airplanes, such as:
- Falling Luggage
- Rolling Serving Carts
- Hot Liquid Burns
- Cuts From Exposed Metal
- Slips, Trips, and Falls
- Turbulence Accidents
- Failure to Act in Medical Emergencies
If you have sustained an injury while on an airplane because of the negligence of the airline and/or its employees, contact the airplane injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC today. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative.
Many in-flight injuries result from luggage falling out of overhead bins. Over 4,000 people sustain injuries each year because of falling suitcases, boxes, bags, and other carry-on items. Injuries from these incidents can frequently be severe. Even if a victim does not get struck on the head, heavy carry-on bags can cause significant damage to the hands, arms, legs, and feet. Flight attendants have a responsibility to ensure that carry-on bags are secured before takeoff. An airline may be held accountable when they fail to do so.
Rolling Serving Carts
Unsecured serving carts can roll down an aisle and injure a passenger, particularly if that passenger has a hand dangling in the aisle. In other circumstances, serving carts have pinched the arms and legs of passengers, causing serious cuts and other injuries.
Hot Liquid Burns
Serving carts typically carry hot liquids, including coffee that can reach temperatures of over 180 degrees. Such hot liquids can cause third-degree burns if they spill on the skin.
Cuts from Exposed Metal
Exposed metal on serving carts, armrests, and other surfaces on an airplane can inflict serious cuts on passengers who brush against them.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Loose carpeting or debris in an aisle can cause a passenger to trip and fall, resulting in significant injuries. Such incidents can be especially dangerous on an airplane because of the small aisles and sudden movements. Additionally, airlines are responsible for maintaining the jet bridges connecting airports to airplanes. If these jet bridges are not maintained properly and cleared of debris, they can be dangerous to passengers.
In-flight turbulence is the most common cause of injury among passengers and flight attendants. A 1998 study by the Flight Safety Foundation found that injuries directly related to turbulence occurred at a high rate, with an estimated 4,500 passengers injured per year among the 14 biggest carriers. Many of these turbulence injuries are the result of baggage falling from overhead bins or items flying through the cabin. Such incidents could be even more common today, with passengers loading a greater number of items into carry-on bags and jamming them into overhead bins to avoid increased baggage fees.
Failure to Act in Medical Emergencies
There 40,000 in-flight medical emergencies each year. While airlines train employees to respond to medical emergencies, negligent flight crews may fail to act properly when one occurs. Because it could take upwards of thirty minutes for a pilot to land a plane, flight attendants are legally required to deliver basic first aid. If the flight crew fails to take the appropriate measures in a medical emergency, a passenger’s life could be placed in jeopardy.
Sometimes an airplane itself or its equipment could malfunction. A 737 jet is made of 367,000 parts. An airline has a responsibility to inspect and repair all these parts on an airplane. If the airline fails to do so and a passenger is injured as a result, that passenger may have a valid personal injury claim.
GWC’s Airplane Injury Lawyers Are Here for You
If you or your loved one have suffered a significant airplane injury, reach out to the airplane injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC today.
With over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements on behalf of wrongfully injured clients, GWC has the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation of success you need to get the justice you deserve.