Airplane Accident Attorneys Helping Victims And Families
One of the reasons that plane crashes are given so much air time is because they are so infrequent: after all, we have all heard that it is safer to fly than it is to drive. What many people do not know is that flyers can sustain serious injuries for a variety of reasons, even when the plane makes it from point A to point B.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our experienced attorneys have the skills and experience you want on your side to handle complex cases involving commercial airlines, charter planes, helicopters and private air transports. We have the resources necessary to make negligence claims against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), individuals whose actions led to your injury, tour companies, and the manufacturers or defective airplane parts.
Common Causes Of Injuries Related To Air Travel
The most devastating accidents are, of course, those that led to a plane crash. However, thousands of people are injured every year in accidents that do not involve a crash. Some of the most common causes of these injuries include:
- Falling baggage
- “Runaway” snack carts
- Defective seat belts or oxygen masks
- Defective airplane or helicopter parts
- Poorly maintained runways
- Wet and/or slippery walkways, terminals or ramps on and off the plane
- Defective or dangerous elevators and escalators
- Negligent security in parking lots
Passengers who sustain an injury because of turbulence may also be eligible for compensation, but those cases present challenges of their own. In order to make a claim for an airplane turbulence injury, you must be able to prove that your injury was the result of an act of negligence on behalf of the crew. This is because airlines are not liable for injuries caused by “an act of god.” At Crandall & Pera Law, we review your claim, your medical reports and reports surrounding the event to determine whether or not the airline crew acted negligently in regard to turbulence, which then led to your injury.
The Duty Of Care Owed To You By Common Carriers
Airplanes and helicopters — whether privately owned or commercial — are considered common carriers. This means they transport goods and people from one place to another, and are regulated under a specific body. Common carriers owe their passengers “a degree of care… which a reasonably careful person would exercise under similar circumstances.” For example, a reasonable person would expect flight attendants to secure all overhead baggage containers before takeoff. If a baggage container is left unsecured, and you are hit in the head by a falling piece of luggage, you may be eligible for damages.
When it comes to commercial air travel, the regulatory body is the FAA. If an act of negligence on behalf of the FAA leads to your injuries, you may be able to make a claim against the federal government. Claims against the government are complex, and involve different timelines and proof.
Make Crandall & Pera Law Your Choice For Airplane Injuries
If you were hurt in a plane, in a terminal or in any part of the airport, you may be able to collect compensation to help you pay for your medical costs and lost wages, along with your pain and suffering. At Crandall & Pera Law, we help protect injury victims and their families by fighting for justice in courtrooms and in boardrooms.