Airplane injuries are the last thing most people think of when boarding a plane. However, boarding an airplane can induce anxiety in many people. For some, it’s hard not to worry about an accident or any number of serious incidents that might occur. While many are concerned about extreme accidents, most people forget about the more commonplace accidents that could happen while flying. Although these types of accidents may not be as scary as a more serious incident, they nevertheless could result in serious injury. If you are injured while flying, the airline may be held responsible for your medical bills or other losses.
The Airline’s Duty
The airline has a responsibility to keep you safe while you are on the plane. If they fail to keep you safe, they could be negligent and may be held liable for your injuries. Airplanes are required to ensure the safety of their passengers by promptly addressing safety hazards, providing adequate verbal and written warnings, identifying safety hazards that it should have known about, controlling fellow passengers, and properly training their staff and establishing safety protocols. In fact, this is why a flight attendant performs a safety presentation on each flight. If the airline fails to make this presentation, they could be held liable for their failure to warn you.
Common Airline Injuries
There are some injuries that can happen whether you are onboard an airplane or not. However, there are some injuries that are more commonly attributed to the airline industry. Below are some injuries that are particular to the airline industry:
The overhead bins of the airplane are usually full of heavy carry-on items. Due to the high cost associated with checking baggage, many people choose to use their carry-on item as a small suitcase and generally fill them to capacity. Other items such as laptops, backpacks, and suitcases are also stored in overhead bins. If the overhead bin is not properly closed and secured, there is a potential for these items to fall out and cause serious injury by striking a passenger on their neck or head. Additionally, flight attendants must warn passengers about the possibility of shifting items during the flight and to exercise caution when opening the bin.
Airlines have no way of controlling turbulence. However, airlines do have an obligation to warn passengers when they can anticipate turbulence during a flight. Additionally, flight attendants should properly secure the cabin when turbulence is expected.
Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents
Due to the confined space inside an airplane, falling during a flight can lead to very serious injury. Flight attendants are responsible for making sure that aisles are free of debris or items that may be protruding out from under seats. Attendants should also promptly clean up any spills that could pose a hazard to passengers.
Food and Beverage Carts
The food and beverage carts used by flight attendants are extremely heavy. If they are not used properly, it could result in serious injury. For instance, if a flight attendant were to forget to lock the brakes when they aren’t moving them.
Wittmer|Linehan is here to help if you or a loved one has been injured on an airplane. Our experienced airline accident attorneys can help you better understand your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. If the airline was negligent and you were injured, the airline may be liable for your injuries. Call us today at (941) 365-2296 for a free consultation.