While in-flight injuries are relatively rare, they can and do happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in an air flight injury, you may be able to recover compensation for your harm. Our hard-working Miami airplane accident attorneys have the skill and knowledge required to vigorously protect your rights. Airplane accident cases are very complicated, which is why choosing an experienced lawyer is of the utmost importance.
Air travel is one of the most common and efficient ways to get around. It is becoming even more popular as budget airlines offer less expensive alternatives to traditional airlines. A report by the Air & Space Magazine indicates that there were 3.5 billion airline passengers in 2015, a number that was only predicted to increase, and it did. According to the International Air Transport Association’s industry performance statistics for 2016 – airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers that year.
In-flight injuries can range in severity from minor and easily forgotten about to extremely serious and necessitating long-term medical care. There are a number of ways a person can be injured on a flight including, but not limited to:
- A slip and fall or trip and fall injury;
- Head injuries or other injuries during turbulence;
- Rolling cart injuries;
- Falling luggage injuries;
- Spilled hot beverages.
Recovering damages in an airplane accident case is a tricky matter since airlines are classified as common carriers. A common carrier is any business that transports peoples or goods from one place to another for a fee. As a result, common carriers are subject to stringent regulations and high safety standards. This means the airline has to be extremely vigilant in every aspect of travel, including the operation, maintenance, inspection, loading and boarding of the plane.
To win an airplane accident case, the facts of the case must first be investigated to determine who was at fault for the injury. This depends on the circumstances of the case. For example, an injury caused by faulty engine could give rise to a products liability claim against the manufacturer. However, a head injury caused by falling luggage that was not secured properly could give rise to a negligence claim.
Negligence occurs when an airline causes injury by failing to adhere to proper safety standards. In order to establish negligence, the plaintiff must prove that the airline owed him or her a duty of care; the airline breached the duty of care; and that the airline’s breach was a direct cause of his or her harm. It is important to note that rules may be different for international flights so it is vital to consult an attorney as soon as possible after an injury.
In-flight injuries can lead to serious and long-term consequences for an individual. If you or someone close to you has been injured during a commercial flight, you need to reach out to a skilled Miami aviation accident attorney who can help. We are dedicated to helping clients obtain the compensation they need to move on with their life. Airplane accidents are incredibly complex and having an experienced attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. Contact us online or call us at 877-499-HURT (4878) for an initial consultation.
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