Traveling by plane has many perks, but it also has many downsides. From delayed flights to crowded seats, there are many things to complain about when it comes to air travel. And while we may expect to be seated in the middle row or be waiting for hours in bad weather or crowded times of the year, we never expect to be injured while on a plane.
Unfortunately, injuries on airplanes are more common than people may think. With small confines and many people, injuries are bound to happen. But when an injury is serious enough to require medical attention or sustain lasting health issues, it’s important to know your rights as a passenger.
A lot of injures happen when getting on and off a flight, but a majority actually happen while in the air. These include:
- Overhead bins opening, due to faulty mechanics, and bags to fall out and injure passengers below.
- Slip and falls while walking to the bathroom or out of a seat for any reason.
- Injuries from the food carts, which may slide or malfunction while in-flight.
- Injuries from other passengers due to cramped, small spaces.
Although the above do happen, the most common injuries are the ones associated with turbulence. Unfortunately, this can be a tricky case to prove as turbulence is considered an “Act of God” and therefore, will not warrant a claim on its own. But, if a flight attendant or member of the crew knew of potential turbulence and did not instruct passengers to take their seats or fasten their seat belts appropriately, then the airline could be at fault for any injuries sustained during a bumpy in-flight ride.
The flight crew is required by law to inform passengers of any potential dangers, which is why on most flights, you will hear the captain of the plane come on the loud speaker to announce turbulence or bad weather up ahead. This isn’t intended to scare you—instead, it is intended to ensure that you are seated and fastened in your seat belt to avoid any possible injury. If the pilot or other members of the crew do not inform the passengers in an appropriate amount of time, or at all, you should contact an experienced plane accident attorney for help.
If you can prove that the crew was negligent, you can receive compensation for your injuries and lost wages associated with that injury. This can also include proving that the crew failed to fix a broken overhead bin or seat recliner although they knew it was faulty, not informing passengers of potential dangers or even purposely harming passengers in any way.
If you were injured while in-flight, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Airlines are large corporations and will have strong legal counsel on their side working to ensure you do not receive all, or any of, the compensation you deserve. At Balkan & Patterson, we know how to work with these big companies to ensure our clients get what they need to recover from their injuries. For more information about how we can help you following a plane accident, give us a call at 561-750-9191 or visit our website.