According to the Federal Aviation Administration, air travel is expected to increase over the next 20 years and, with it, the risk and possibility of aviation accidents. Unlike car accidents, helicopter and plane crashes rarely occur. However, when this kind of accident does happen, it can cause personal injuries and even fatalities among passengers and employees.
Like many others across the country, people in Billings, Montana, may travel by plane or private jet and experience turbulence on the way to their destination. Turbulence may be considered normal in air travel, but it can cause injuries not only to the passengers but also to the staff.
Recently, two flight attendants suffered injuries on US Airways flight 1667 when it encountered turbulence over Nashville. The two employees were standing during the turbulence and were injured. The extent of their injuries is not known at this time. As soon as the flight landed in St. Louis, the aircraft was met by medical responders. It appears from initial reports that both employees are expected to recover.
Aviation accidents are not limited to plane crashes. Employees may also sustain injuries while in flight. When this occurs, work-related injuries may become an issue.
In such cases, workers who are hurt on the job may suffer injuries like broken bones, spinal cord injury and even death. When workplace accidents happen, workers have the right to receive workers' compensation from the employer, no matter whom or what causes the accident.
Aviation accident law may vary by the case and by state. Airline employees who are injured in an aviation accident may be eligible for compensation for medical costs, treatment and other necessary expenses needed for recovery. Victims may also be compensated until they recover fully. A surviving family may receive a settlement for their pain and suffering, in addition to lost wages. Victims of aviation accidents should contact a legal professional who specializes in these cases for help in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation.