While air travel is statistically much safer than ground travel when measured “per mile,” when airplane accidents occur, they often involve many more people, cause a higher number of injuries and fatalities, and create very difficult situations for insurance companies. What complicates the matter further is determining liability. This is why you need a qualified Tampa aviation accident lawyer on your side.
Given the sheer amount of publicity and enormous cost involved in many aviation accident cases, the ensuing legal battles can, and often do, take years or longer to resolve. Parsing the causes and effects of airline accidents can slow things down considerably and can be frustrating for both plaintiffs and their attorneys.
If you have been injured in an accident consult with an accident lawyer in Tampa today and schedule a free consultation.
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Who is Responsible for Your Aviation Injury?Personal injury law differs greatly depending on where the accident occurred and under what circumstances. Various parties could be found fully or partially liable for aviation accidents. In past cases, these, along with others, have been found negligent in airplane accident cases:
- Maintenance crews
- Parts manufacturers
- Airplane owners
- Air-traffic controllers
Another factor that we must consider is that airline disasters often result in injuries to more than one person. In cases like these, class action suits are a common result. We recommend seeking out your own counsel even if you decide to take part in a class action. Sometimes, that is not the best course of action for your particular situation.
If you are considering or are involved in a class-action lawsuit over your aviation injury, call us. Our expert aviation attorney team can help ensure that you make the right choices regarding your representation, whether you choose to hire us or not.
Swift Resolution For Your Personal Injury Claim
People often feel victimized twice when an aviation accident occurs, first through the event itself, and again by the process of collecting damages. We understand that the issues surrounding your case are very complex. We do our best to make the process as easy as possible for injured people. Your Winters & Yonker Tampa aviation accident lawyer will aggressively argue your case and fight to get you all the money you deserve for the extent of your injury.
If you have suffered an injury as a result of any of the above while traveling via airplane, call an aviation accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker today at (813) 223-6200 for help. An aviation accident lawyer will fight aggressively for swift resolution and complete compensation for victims of aviation accidents.
What are Common Airline Injuries?
If you or someone you love has become injured in an airplane accident or crash, you may be entitled to collect significant compensation for the resultant injuries. Injuries on an airplane can have a number of causes. The hazards evident on the plane itself can be grounds for a personal injury claim, even if there was no larger catastrophic event. Call an experienced Tampa aviation accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker immediately if your aviation injury resulting from any of the following:
A large number of in-flight injuries are the result of luggage falling from overhead bins. Thousands of people are injured from falling bags, boxes, suitcases, boxes, and other carry-on objects each year. Under some circumstances, injuries that result from falling luggage can be severe and long-term. A blow to the head by heavy luggage or luggage falling and injuring shoulders, hands, arms, legs, and feet are also common.
It is the flight attendants’ duty to be certain that all carry-ons are properly secured prior to take-off. In other words, they are responsible for taking reasonable measures to prevent injuries. When they fail to do so, a case of negligence exists.
Serving Cart Injuries
Serving carts can deliver severe and unexpected injuries to the hands, elbows, arms, shoulders, legs, ankles, or feet when operated by undertrained or careless airline staff. Unsecured carts can also roll down the aisle and cause injuries, as many documented cases reflect. Serving carts can also cause abrasions, cuts, and bruises that can limit mobility until they heal.
Serving carts often help airline staff transport and serve very hot liquids. Coffee served on airline flights often reaches temperatures of 180-degrees Fahrenheit or more. Liquids at that kind of high temperature have the capability of producing 3rd-degree burns in a matter of seconds. In cases of burn injuries on airplanes, victims are often able to recover significant compensation for things like lost wages, medical bills, and pain & suffering.
Slip and Fall
Loose carpeting, foreign objects, or random bits of debris in the aisle can also pose serious hazards during an airline flight. A slip (or trip) and fall could result in sprains and bone fractures, most commonly in the ankles or wrists. These types of accidents can be even more dangerous due to the tight spaces and sudden movements associated with air travel.
The airline is also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the jet bridge (the tunnel that connects the airport gate to the plane). If this area has not been properly maintained and kept clear of hazardous debris, it creates a dangerous situation. In order to determine whether or not you have a personal injury claim as the result of an airplane-related injury, it is first necessary to discuss the details of the incident (along with the resulting injuries) with a qualified Tampa aviation accident lawyer who understands the nature of these types of injuries.
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Medical Emergency Neglect
In-flight medical emergencies occur in multiple thousands globally each year. Airlines do train their people in how to respond to these types of situations, but negligence, panic, and other shortfalls on the behalf of flight crews often result in a failure to act appropriately and quickly in medical emergencies.
Passengers on a plane inside a pressurized tube traveling at speeds in excess of 600 miles per hour and at altitudes of around 30,000 feet could be stuck on board for 30 minutes or more waiting for the pilot to land. By law, flight attendants are required to administer basic first aid to ailing passengers, as well as start the process of obtaining help on the ground. If the crew (or any member thereof) fails to take appropriate actions, the passenger’s life could be at risk.
Turbulence causes more in-flight injuries than anything else. It results in hundreds of injuries per year on domestic flights alone. Turbulence accidents leave airline staff particularly vulnerable. They are often subject to more severe injuries since they are also quite often the last people on the plane to be able to take effective personal safety measures in periods of extreme turbulence.
Injuries that relate directly to clear air turbulence occur at alarming rates. Even worse, injuries in turbulence accidents go largely unreported by the victims or are not reported as turbulence accidents. With that in mind, there are potentially thousands of cases of turbulence accidents that go unresolved, leaving injured passengers completely uncompensated for their injuries.
Turbulence often leads to other types of injury including falling baggage or random items being thrown about the cabin. There is also compelling evidence to suggest that excessive checked baggage fees and over-crowded flights have contributed to an increase in the frequency of these types of accidents over the past decade. Passengers load more items into the overhead compartments than is safe or possible to adequately secure, and that increases both the probability and frequency of in-flight accidents and injuries.
If you have been injured in a turbulence-related accident while onboard an airplane, you may be entitled to collect significant compensation for your pain and suffering as well as any other lasting effect of your injury.
Other Aviation Injury Claims
Sometimes it is the aircraft itself, or the equipment that has defects that cause malfunctions. If the latch on a properly-secured overhead bin fails, for example, luggage can fall mid-flight. It is the responsibility of the airline to inspect overhead compartments and other pieces of onboard equipment on the aircraft for disrepair or malfunction and fix the problem(s) immediately.
How will an Attorney Help an Aviation Injury Claim?
If you have been injured as the result of an airline crew’s neglect to take proper safety measures, you may have a claim against the airline. At Winters & Yonker, a Tampa aviation accident lawyer will thoroughly examine the findings of accident investigators and retain our own aviation consultants and experts who review and examine all evidence available including:
- Cockpit voice recorders
- Flight data recorders
- Crash photos
- Records from air traffic control
- Aircraft inspection & maintenance records
- Flight plans
- Crew training procedures and records
- Aircraft procedure, operation, and maintenance manuals
In cases of defects in aircraft design or manufacture, our aviation accident experts also review manufacturer’s records regarding design & testing of the aircraft, along with records that relate to other problems, as well as how the design of the aircraft contributes to potential problems.
What can I Claim an Aviation Injury For?
Every case of aviation injury is unique. Your experienced Tampa aviation accident lawyer at Winters & Yonker can help you determine what the correct action is for you and your family to take in the event of an airplane-related injury. Call us today if you have been in an aviation accident involving any of the following:
- Commercial aircraft
- Foreign airlines
- Military aircraft
- Private aircraft
- Airline negligence
- Component failures
- Defects in aircraft design
- Inadequate maintenance procedures
- Negligent airline supervisors
- Crew or pilot errors
- Willful misconduct by airline staff or crew
Contact a Tampa Aviation Accident Lawyer
We aggressively fight for the rights of Florida residents who have fallen victim to aviation accidents. Call Winters & Yonker toll-free or contact us online to arrange a free consultation today. An injury lawyer can meet you in our offices or any place that is more convenient for you – even at home or in the hospital.