What are the most common injuries sustained in an airplane or helicopter crash?

helicopter tour landing in fieldPilot errors, FAA violations, and defective aircraft components can cause a wide range of airplane accidents, and the craft does not have to be in the air for a passenger to suffer severe injuries. When you or someone you love is injured in an airplane accident, it is vital to speak to an attorney to determine who is liable for the accident to prevent further injuries and ensure that you are properly compensated.

Common Injuries Sustained in Airplane and Helicopter Crashes

A simple mistake made while a plane is in flight, coming in for a landing, or even taxiing on the runway can cause injuries that can last the rest of a traveler’s life. While crash injuries may be more severe than in-flight injuries, either incident can cause significant trauma that results in:

  • Brain injuries. Contact with the window, overhead compartment, or falling luggage can result in a traumatic brain injury that requires extensive treatment. Some passengers may suffer permanent brain damage that prevents them from working or living independently.
  • Broken bones. Even a so-called minor accident can cause extremely painful fractures in a passenger’s hands, feet, arms, legs, or ribs.
  • Back injuries. An aviation accident may damage or compress a passenger’s spinal cord, causing partial or total paralysis.
  • Burns. An aircraft collision frequently results in fires due to the friction of the brakes and the high combustibility of airline fuel. Burn injuries may require skin grafts and extensive cosmetic surgery, and may still result in disfigurement to the face, neck, or hands.
  • Emotional trauma. A person who is involved in an airline accident may suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), such as a tendency to withdraw from crowds and a fear of flying.

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