While air travel is a popular method of transportation used by millions of people a year, it can be dangerous at times, especially when airlines and their employees fail to comply with government regulations and breach duties of care that they owe to their passengers. From pilot errors, to mechanical failures, passengers are susceptible to copious dangers, including but not limited to: Air Traffic Control Negligence, FAA Regulation Violation, Gas leaks, Electrical System Failure and Pilot Negligence. While an airplane crash is the last thing you want to think about when you’re wheels up at 33,000 feet, they fortunately don’t occur too often. What you’re more likely to witness or experience on airplanes are things like injuries caused by suitcases falling from overhead bins, injuries to disabled passengers, elderly passengers and unaccompanied minors who did not receive the assistance that an airline was responsible for and trip-and-fall accidents that injure people entering and exiting planes. Whether you, a loved one or a friend are injured or killed in a fatal airline or helicopter accident, or injured as a result of general airline negligence, we strongly advise you to contact a licensed Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible so that you may recover damages such as compensation for your medical bills arising from bodily injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disability and future medical costs.
Typically after an airline crash, months of investigations and preliminary hearings by government agencies occur to determine who or what was responsible for causing the crash, whether that be a pilot, equipment, or a manufacturing defect or design defect in the plane or plane equipment. During this time, it’s important to retain counsel to represent your interests. Remember that these large airlines have lawyers on staff and outside counsel retained to assist them in paying you the least amount possible for your loss. While a life could never be replaced, you can potentially recover large sums of money from a liable airline to help support a deceased passenger’s family, pay off the debts of their estate and cover funeral and medical expenses that they may have incurred prior to passing.
While airline travel is usually safe in today’s modern era, accidents still occur. The most frequent types of accidents involve injuries that can often be easily prevented like trip-and-fall accidents, injuries caused by unsecured food and beverage carts rolling into airplane aisles and striking passengers, and luggage falling from overhead bins onto passengers and the electrocution of airline passengers by onboard devices.
In North Carolina, “common carriers” are generally defined as private companies that operate transportation services such as buses, taxis, boats and planes that are held open to the public for transportation of passengers and cargo for a fee. Common carriers are generally required to have the highest degree of safety for their passengers. Common carriers can be held liable for injuries sustained by passengers if a common carrier failed to follow safety regulations or if they failed to exercise a duty of care owed to their passengers and that resulted in passenger injury.
We strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a licensed North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney if you, a loved one or friend have been injured or killed in an airplane or helicopter accident or if you, a loved one or a friend have been injured by the negligence of an airline, or airline employee or agent. You could potentially recover damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, property damage and other compensable damages. At Biazzo & Panchenko Law, we are prepared to negotiate a settlement for you or pursue your case through a jury verdict if warranted. Contact Panchenko Law Firm today to schedule a free Personal Injury consultation. This blog is not to be construed as legal advice.