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Airplane Turbulence Injury

A typical and anticipated part of any flight in high altitude, turbulence can result in the injury of passengers if one doesn’t follow proper protocols, or passengers do not remain in their seats when there is a sudden jolt, shake, and shift.

In the majority of cases, the failure of a passenger using a seatbelt, or to return to his or her airplane seat, although receiving warning can cause an injury; however, negligence due to airline employees can be the blame on several occasions.

It is when pilots, crew members, or flight attendants fail to adhere to suitable safety procedures, or take the required actions in preventing sustained injuries that the airline, and its employees, can be held liable for associated costs with airplane turbulence injury, which can result from negligence.

Types of In-Flight Accidents Due to Air Turbulence

Turbulence can result in a number of injuries to passengers. While many of these injuries are sustained because of air turbulence which are minor, there are others that are considered more critical.

Sustained injuries can be caused due to the following circumstances:

Approximately 4,500 passengers receive sustained injuries on a yearly basis due to carry-on baggage falling from overhead bins.

It is the responsibility of flight and tendons to make sure that the overhead bins are secure and closed prior to takeoff.

Should baggage that is unsecured strike a passenger, the airline crew could be held responsible.

This can certainly result in an accident when baggage is left in or near the aisle. This can become an exacerbated problem if the passenger moves within the aisle during the moment the plane experiences turbulence.

Serving drinks or food during turbulence can cause an injury to passengers. This is the reason flight attendants stop serving beverages when turbulence is impending. Passengers, on occasion, may be hit in the elbows, arms, or shoulders by a passing cart, which can result in airplane turbulence injury.

Making a determination whether injuries were sustained due to negligence or turbulence on behalf of the flight attendant is crucial when considering your legal case.


For the majority of accidents due to turbulence, airlines cannot be held liable because turbulence is a typical aspect of flight, and it has to be planned and expected for when the airplane is in flight.

If passengers, however, are not going to be forewarned of turbulence when it is anticipated by the crew, the employees and the airline can be held liable should the accident happen.

If you sustained an airplane turbulence injury during a flight, contact a personal injury attorney today to arrange an evaluation with someone with experience working on similar cases to yours.

It is crucial to know your legal rights and whether you have an option to file a lawsuit.

Attorneys will be committed to investigate the matter for you in determining your legal options and how to proceed most effectively.

Contact us for a free consultation or call Anzalone Law Firm PLLC, at: 603.548.3797.

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