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San Francisco Airplane Injury Attorney describes the most common injuries passengers suffer on airplanes

What Are The Most Common Injuries That Happen On Airplanes?

SAN FRANCISCO — Most people may not worry about suffering injuries while on an airplane aside from the common fear that the airplane may malfunction and crash (although the odds of being involved in a plane crash are much less than those of being involved in a car accident).  What many people may not know is that airplane injuries are prevalent, yet not discussed very often.  Given the number of passengers and crewmembers on one flight and the limited amount of space available on an airplane, San Francisco Airplane Injury Attorneys say accidents are bound to happen, which result in serious injuries.

Common Causes of Airplane Injuries

Airplane injuries are often the result of negligent conduct, either on the part of the airline, a crewmember, or fellow passenger.  Examples of some common causes of airplane injuries include, but may not be limited to, the following:

  • Inattention/distraction;
  • In-Flight Hazards (Sharp corners, beverage cart accident, etc.)
  • Failing to secure luggage in the overhead bins or beneath the seat in front;
  • Failing to follow crewmember instructions;
  • Loitering in the walkway or galley;
  • Turbulence;
  • Running in the walkway;
  • Physical fights among passengers; and
  • Food poisoning.

Falling luggage is common, and some overhead bins are not properly locked during the flight. This raises the risk of objects falling out mid-flight, potentially causing serious harm to passengers.

In addition to falling luggage, there are a number of hazards on an airplane that can cause serious injuries. From hot beverages spilling on passengers to sharp objects, such as the edges of a beverage cart, it’s estimated that thousands of airline passengers suffer injuries on flights every year.

Common Airplane Injuries

Just like car accident injuries, airplane injuries are wide-ranging depending on the specific facts of what happened and the severity of the subsequent injuries.  Common injuries resulting from airplane accidents or incidences include, among others, the following:

  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBIs);
  • Broken bones;
  • Sprained muscles and joints;
  • Neck injuries;
  • Severe stomach problems caused by food poisoning; and
  • Cuts, gashes, or wounds caused by falling or flying objects.

Because every situation is unique, a San Francisco Airplane Injury Attorney says there are endless ways in which an airplane accident/incident can happen as well as countless injuries that may result from such accidents/incidences.  Depending on the parties involved in an accident/incident that resulted in injuries, the airline, a crewmember, and/or a passenger may be considered at-fault.

Contact The Barnes Firm Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Whether you sustained injuries from luggage falling on you, tripped and fell in the walkway, or suffered injuries during turbulence, you may have legal options you should discuss with a San Francisco Airplane Injury Attorney.  Act quickly to find out if you may be entitled to compensation.  To schedule your free consultation, contact The Barnes Firm today by calling (800) 800-0000 or by completing a free case evaluation form online.

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