Flying in an airplane is one of the safest ways to travel in the United States. However, this does not mean that injuries never happen during a flight. There are several ways you can be hurt on an airplane. If you believe your injury is due to negligence, you should consult with an Indiana airplane accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. For a free consultation and case evaluation, call 1-800-CALL-KEN to speak with a representative.
Causes of Accidents on Planes
Turbulence is one of the most common reasons why you may be hurt on an airplane. According to the FAA, roughly 58 people are injured each year because of turbulence. This number could be much lower than the actual number due to unreported injuries. For example, an airplane experiences turbulence and the passengers are shaken violently, but no one reports an injury because everyone was in their seats wearing seatbelts.
However, some passengers may experience neck and shoulder pain a couple of days after the flight. They may not even consider that this pain could be from the turbulence on the airplane. For most passengers, the pain and stiffness may be mild and may heal on its own, but for some passengers, the strain could result in chronic pain and limited mobility.
Another common cause of in-flight injuries is falling luggage. Falling objects from overhead bins cause approximately 4,500 injuries worldwide each year. In addition to objects falling from overhead bins, some passengers injured by beverage and food carts that bump into them as they are seated or walking through the cabin. Falls are another common reason for injuries during flights. Passengers may trip over seats, carpet, other passengers, or items left on the floor. Falls on airplanes can result in broken bones, fractures, and sprains.
Who Is to Blame If I Am Hurt on An Airplane?
No one may be to blame if you are hurt on an airplane. It could be that your injury is purely from an “accident” that no one could foresee or prevent. For example, turbulence cannot always be avoided. If the pilot takes all reasonable precautions, your injury may not qualify for compensation from the airline. However, if the pilot has information that turbulence may occur and fails to turn on the fasten seatbelt signs, you may have a claim.
Likewise, if a piece of luggage falls from the overhead bin because a passenger does not latch the bin after opening it to retrieve an item, the airline is probably not responsible for your injury. However, if the latch is defective, the airline and/or the plane’s manufacturer could be held liable for damages resulting from an injury.
The bottom line — if you are hurt on an airplane, contact our office immediately. Each case is unique. Until we hear the facts and investigate the circumstances surrounding your injury, it is impossible to determine if you have a valid claim against the airline or another party. It is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced Indiana airplane accident attorney to protect your legal rights regarding an injury on an airplane.
Call for A Free Consultation with A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been hurt on a plane, we urge you to call our office to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional stress.
Call The Ken Nunn Law Office at 1-800-CALL-KEN or 1-800-225-5536 or use the Live Chat feature on our website to speak with a representative 24/7. We offer free, no-obligation case evaluations so you can learn about your legal options before you make any decisions about how to handle your injury claim. Do not delay — you may only have a limited time to file your claim!