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Inflight Turbulence Injuries

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Air travel has completely changed the way we explore by making it easier to get to far-away destinations and even see loved ones that aren’t within close reach. In reality, millions of people fly every day and the aviation industry has come a long way when it comes to air travel safety.

However, just like any other form of transportation, air travel accidents are inevitable no matter how many precautions you take. For instance, turbulence is one of those risks that can cause catastrophic injuries to crew members.

If you’ve been involved in this type of accident, an aviation accident lawyer at Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys can assist you and help you gain the compensation you deserve. We make sure our investigations are thorough and you can trust that our aviation accident attorneys are knowledgeable and have years of experience.

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Turbulence Injuries Statistics

Since there’s a chance of getting injured while traveling, it’s common to have some anxiety before boarding an aircraft. However, the good news is that the statistics for turbulence injuries are actually pretty low

As a matter of fact, according to the Federal Aviation Administration FAA, there were less than 50 turbulence injuries reported in 2019! These numbers may seem concerning, but they’re actually pretty small when juxtaposing the number of people who fly each year.

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Can Planes Crash from Turbulence? 

Planes are designed to withstand turbulence, so it’s unlikely for a plane to crash only due to turbulence. So, how is the FAA helping airlines avoid turbulence and injuries?

For starters, the agency created guidelines to assist airlines in avoiding situations that lead to turbulence and reducing the risks when it does occur. The FAA also encourages airlines to use procedures and training to prevent turbulence injuries, prioritize flight attendants’ personal safety, and review the history of turbulence encounters and injuries around the area of travel. 

What to Do if You Are Injured on a Plane

If you are injured on a plane, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Inform the flight crew about your injury and ask for an incident report. Take pictures of your injuries and any damaged property. Get the contact information of any witnesses. An airplane injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and provide you with the guidance you need to move forward.

Flying with a Concussion: What You Need to Know

As stated above though, accidents do and will inevitably happen. Although traveling while suffering a traumatic brain injury like a concussion technically isn’t illegal, it’s very important to put your health and well-being first, always.

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On one hand, according to the latest scientific research, it’s safe to fly after a concussion, but on the other hand, it’s also suggested to wait until the worst symptoms subside and your doctor has given you clearance to get on a plane. Some other potential aircraft injuries include:

Involved in a Turbulence Accident? Get Gordon!

Gordon McKernan, lead attorney and owner of Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys

Turbulence injuries will always be a concern for many passengers, but it’s important to remember that air travel is still a safe and reliable mode of transportation overall! Just be sure to follow the instructions of the flight crew during turbulence and always wear your seatbelt. If you do experience an injury while on a plane, seek medical attention asap, report the incident, and call an aviation injury attorney as soon as possible.

At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we have 679+ years of combined legal experience representing Louisiana victims in court who’ve been injured, and we want to help you too! You can also have peace of mind knowing if we don’t win, you won’t owe us a dime—that’s the !

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