Summer is almost at an end, and school has started back up, leaving many of us trying to get in one last trip by ground and air.
Typically, personal injuries involving transportation accidents are focused on those that involve pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, or automobiles; however, despite the relative safety of air flights, accidents while aboard a plane do occur.
The most serious injuries during flights are due to
- rapid deceleration brought on by pilot error
- faulty equipment
- Federal Aviation Administration regulation violations
- structural or design problems of the aircraft
- negligence of flight service station employees
- negligence of federal air traffic controllers
- negligence of other personal aboard or preparing the plane for flight such as ground controllers or flight attendants.
Any of these causes entitle the injured party compensation to recover for any losses sustained while on the commercial airline, which is recognized as a common carrier or public transportation service.
The cause of the accident is important as it helps direct which way an attorney will proceed, such as negligence or product liability.
Some of the most common liable parties include the owners or operators, pilot, manufacturers, maintenance suppliers, and in some instances the federal government entities that failed to meet their regulatory responsibilities can be held accountable as well.
Damages against any party found liable for the accident, or injury, are similar to that of any other personal injury lawsuit. As with any personal injury service, there can be both punitive and compensatory damages which include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Should I Speak with an Attorney if I have Been Injured In-Flight?
Yes! If you have sustained any injuries during a flight, you should consult an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more about preserving your rights and remedies. An attorney at Reyes Browne Reilly will be able to explain the value of your case and help you navigate through the complex laws that govern airlines and aviation accidents.