Many injuries that result from airline accidents are the result of pilot or flight crew errors. These pilots may be sleep deprived or overworked to the extent that they make dangerous mistakes. Members of flight crews, such as attendants, may also cause injuries from failing to properly secure overhead compartment doors or even something as simple as spilling hot coffee on a passenger.
All people who suffer injuries because of flight crew or pilot errors deserve the compensation that they need to set things right. This applies both to passengers who suffer harm and employees who endure injuries while on the job. A seasoned aviation accident attorney could evaluate your specific situation and explain your legal rights. You will need an experienced legal professional to successfully manage a pilot and flight crew error lawsuit in Houston.
The first priority of pilots and flight crews is to keep passengers safe. For pilots, this means operating the plane in a safe and responsible manner. For members of the flight crew, this means protecting passengers from falling luggage, accidents in the aisle of the plane, and even unruly fellow travelers.
People who suffer injuries because of failures to provide this protection deserve compensation for their losses. This can include the payment of medical bills, compensation for lost quality of life, and missing income repayment. Under Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code § 16.003, there is a time limit of two years after the date of injury to demand these payments. Because these cases can be complex, it is best to speak with a lawyer from Roberts Markland LLP immediately.
Every person is responsible for their own errors that result in injuries to others. However, the job of an attorney is to seek out all possible compensation from every possible source.
The legal concept called respondeat superior says that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees. If an employee causes an injury due to carelessness or negligence, an employer is jointly liable for all resulting damage. An attorney uses this important concept of the law to hold both the negligent flight crew and the airline itself responsible for a person’s injuries while in the air.
Pilot and crew member errors can also affect employees on a plane. However, these people might not necessarily have to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, they will seek compensation through a worker’s compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation insurance policies operate on a no-fault model. This means that even if a pilot or member of a flight crew commits an error that leads to their own injuries, they still enjoy coverage under these plans. The one main exception is when the injury is the result of horseplay or activity that does not fall under the scope of one’s usual employment. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why a workers’ compensation insurance company may deny the payment of benefits.
Fighting back against these allegations and other reasons for the denial of benefits is the primary way in which an attorney could pursue workers’ compensation benefits for airline workers. However, even if a workers’ comp claim is not possible, a third-party liability claim could still be successful.
Pilot and crew errors in airplanes are more common than you might think. For passengers, even minor incidents may lead to slips and falls, burns, or concussions. More serious examples can result in life-altering injuries or even death. The people who commit these errors are personally responsible for their actions; however, the law also says that the airlines that employ them may share responsibility. An attorney could pursue pilot and flight crew error lawsuits in Houston on your behalf. Fill out a contact form and we will reach out to you as soon as possible.