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When injuries occur on an airplane flight

Despite common fears of flying -- and the terrible truth that aviation accidents do occur -- you actually have more of a chance of being injured on an airplane in a way that doesn't relate to a crash. Some common injuries that might be experienced on an airplane flight, particularly in a commercial setting, include sprained ankles and food poisoning from in-flight meals and snacks. Cuts, bruises, broken bones and even head injuries might also occur due to bumps, falling items, or slips and falls.

If you experience an injury related to an accident in either an airplane or an airport, you might be able to seek compensation from a responsible party. First, you have to deem who might be responsible. A legal professional can help you identify potential defendants for any case, but they might include airlines, airports, businesses operating within an airport and airline workers.

In such cases, you will probably have to prove that a worker or company was negligent in the matter. This means that the company or worker took action that caused the accident or they didn't take action to prevent the accident. An example of this might be if someone was hit on the head by luggage falling from the overhead compartment. If there is a reasonable expectation that the airline should have known an overhead latch didn't work properly and they failed to fix it, they might be liable for injuries involved in the falling luggage accident.

Determining liability and appropriate compensation requests for airplane-related accidents can be difficult. Working with an experienced lawyer to handle your personal injury claim takes some of the stress off of you and lets you concentrate on recovering from your injuries.

Source: FindLaw, "In-Flight Injuries on Airplanes," accessed Aug. 21, 2015

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