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Injured in the LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight from Australia to New Zealand? Contact us today for a free consultation. We are currently signing up cases for the LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner flight.

Enduring a traumatic in-flight incident can leave you reeling – both physically and emotionally. And since airline negligence can be to blame for sudden turbulence, equipment malfunctions, or other safety breaches resulting in serious injuries aboard commercial aircraft, anyone injured in such an incident may deserve compensation.

If you or a loved one suffered harm from the recent LATAM flight turmoil between Australia and New Zealand, you deserve answers and justice. At Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C., our experienced aviation accident attorneys stand ready to advocate tenaciously on your behalf. We understand the harrowing questions swirling in the aftermath and are here to guide you through this turbulent process one step at a time. Call us today at (713) 804-8149 to get the compensation that you deserve.

What Caused the Violent Movement Injuring So Many Passengers?

Pinpointing definitive root causes behind in-air incidents requires meticulous investigation by qualified experts and authorities like the NTSB. However, some potential factors typically explored include:

  • Severe turbulence encounters – While turbulence causes some routine jostling, extreme “clear air” or weather turbulence can violently throw unrestrained passengers and objects if not properly braced for impact. Crew failure to warn flyers could constitute negligence.
  • Mechanical or system malfunctions – Problems with key airplane components like engines, landing gear, pressurization units, or flight control surfaces may have led to abrupt altitude changes, steep banks, extreme speed variations, and other radical aircraft movements.
  • Human piloting errors – Accidents can stem from poor crew judgments, incorrect inputs into automated systems, failure to respond to warning indicators, or gaps in training to handle certain contingencies.
  • Design or manufacturing defects – Inherent flaws or quality control issues impacting airliner structural integrity, material resilience, and aerodynamics magnify risks of encountering upset conditions.

Independent agencies will scrutinize data like cockpit voice recordings, flight path mapping, maintenance logs, crew communications, meteorological info, passenger testimony, and more to unravel mishap specifics. Our attorneys collaborate with aviation specialists interpreting evidence to identify potential liability by LATAM or others.

Call us now at (713) 804-8149 for a free consultation on your injury claim, and to ensure that we unearth the root causes of the incident.

What Injuries Resulted and What Damages Can Be Claimed?

Reports indicate around 50 individuals required on-site medical evaluation in Auckland, with a dozen hospitalizations for more serious trauma including:

  • Concussions and head injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Lacerations and bruising
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Soft tissue damage

Potential grounds for legal action enable passengers to recover compensation covering:

  • Medical costs – Emergency transport, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, follow-up care/rehabilitation, medical devices, and more stemming from injuries.
  • Lost income – Wages/income forfeited during recovery or for permanent disabilities hindering return to work. Loss of future earnings also factors in some cases.
  • Pain and suffering – Both physical and emotional distress, trauma, PTSD, diminished quality of life, and loss of enjoyment of activities/relationships are compensable.
  • Other accident-related losses – Property damage, accommodations during travel delays, transportation reimbursement, etc.

Certain aggravating circumstances like gross negligence or reckless conduct by airlines and crews may even justify punitive damages awards atop compensatory payouts. Our lawyers tenaciously pursue every applicable avenue to achieve full and fair remedies for each client.

Contact us today to start your free case evaluation and to get started on the process of getting you the compensation you deserve.

Were Proper Safety Protocols Followed Regarding Turbulence?

Federal aviation regulations specify explicit protocols airlines must comply with regarding turbulence encounters and passenger safety:

  • Providing timely turbulence warnings and instructions to fasten seatbelts
  • Halting service cart movements and securing loose items
  • Verifying all passengers remain seated with seatbelts fastened
  • Restricting access to lavatories during episodes
  • Maintaining proper cruising speeds and altitudes to avoid unnecessary stresses
  • Monitoring forecasts and adjusting routes to circumvent turbulent zones when possible
  • Recording all incidents, injuries, altitude/speed deviations in logbooks

Violations of these mandates can indicate negligence by aircrew. Likewise, failing to adhere to turbulence-specific aircraft operating manuals and procedures for various situations like altitude overshoots, upset attitudes, etc. may demonstrate lapses in crew resource management.

Our legal team investigates every angle exhaustively including interviewing crew, obtaining enhanced meteorological data, and examining cockpit voice/flight data recorder transcripts to assess whether LATAM followed all applicable safety rules and industry best practices.

Could This Incident Suggest a Manufacturing Defect?

Historically, major in-air upsets prompting injury have occasionally exposed inherent design flaws or production defects impacting airliners’ airworthiness. With the LATAM aircraft involved being a relatively new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, manufacturing issues cannot be ruled out entirely as potential factors pending investigation findings.

Some past examples of costly proven defects linked to catastrophic “air met events” causing harm include:

  • Structural reinforcement oversights leading to aerodynamic overloads
  • Improper engine mounting or excessive vibration tolerance
  • Software bugs causing flight control anomalies and loss of control events
  • Quality escapes like microscopic cracks or foreign object debris affecting components
  • Gaps in certification processes failing to identify risks in corner-case scenarios

Our lawyers work side-by-side with veteran aviation engineering and metallurgy experts to examine the wreckage, maintenance documentation, Boeing technical drawings/specs, and more to identify any possible defects germane to this LATAM incident. If design or manufacturing lapses are detected, product liability claims can be prepared against responsible parties like manufacturers or suppliers beyond just the airline itself.

How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action After an Injury?

In most jurisdictions, personal injury lawsuits stemming from aviation accidents like this one face strict time limitations known as statutes of limitations. These deadlines govern how long victims have to formally file claims before losing their legal rights to compensation permanently.

While specifics vary by state and case circumstances, the timeframes to initiate litigation generally range from 1-3 years from the date injuries first manifested symptoms or were diagnosed. Claims filed beyond these cutoffs get dismissed outright regardless of merits.

However, additional exceptions and nuances could apply for factors like:

  • Injuries to minors granting extended deadlines
  • Unseen injuries remaining undiscovered for extended periods
  • Legal disabilities like being comatose or without mental capacity temporarily stalling clocks
  • If crashes occurred internationally, alternate “choice of law” principles would impact time limits

To avoid even risking a time-barred dismissal on technicalities, we urge all injured LATAM passengers to contact our aviation attorneys immediately for case evaluations. Once retained, we rapidly initiate all formal filings and submissions to preserve every single legal right before critical deadlines elapse.

Time is truly of the essence after injuries are sustained – delaying consultations risks irreparably compromising otherwise meritorious claims through no fault of your own. Securing our representation eliminates risks around statutes altogether.

Is It Worth Pursuing an Injury Claim in This Case?

Absolutely – when serious injuries are inflicted upon airline passengers due to possible negligence of pilots, airlines, manufacturers, or other parties, mounting persuasive legal claims is well worth the effort. While no amount of money can undo traumatic events experienced, comprehensive settlements and court awards provide:

  • Medical cost coverage – From initial treatments to future rehabilitative needs, no expense should hit victims’ pockets. Insurers must cover these economic damages.
  • Lost income replacement – Those unable to work while recovering have their wages reimbursed. Permanent disabilities limiting future earnings trigger additional payments.
  • Pain & suffering compensation – Financial awards hold airlines accountable, offset emotional trauma, and assist with other non-economic costs like counseling or life care services.
  • Incentives for future safety – Aviation companies paying damages face immense pressure to identify and correct mistakes causing accidents and injuries. Lawsuits deter cost-cutting compromising passenger wellbeing.

Even successful claims resolved out-of-court informally through settlement often secure six-figure average payouts for victims with relatively straightforward injuries. Those involving permanent conditions, disabilities, negligence, or other aggravating factors can reach into the millions for individual passengers.

While legal fees are always a consideration, our contingency arrangements mean you pay nothing until money gets recovered successfully on your behalf. No-risk initial case reviews allow gauging realistic outcome potentials up front before deciding if litigation makes sense.

Get started with a free, no-obligation case evaluation now. Call us at (713) 804-8149 to get started.

What Sets Husain Law + Associates — Houston Accident & Injury Lawyers, P.C. Apart?

With your health, financial future, and ultimate justice at stake, discerning clients understandably expect attorneys of the utmost capability, tenacity, and integrity. When assessing our qualifications to handle aviation injury claims like those stemming from the recent LATAM turbulence event, some key differences stand out:

  • Extensive aviation litigation experience – Our team has successfully resolved hundreds of major plane crash and in-air incident cases over decades of practice. We understand unique legal complexities specific to aviation claims.
  • A bench of scientific experts – Unlike some firms quickly tapping generalists, we maintain collaborative working relationships with veteran pilots, air crash investigators, engineers, mechanics, FAA safety specialists, meteorologists, medical professionals, and more across disciplines.
  • Proven legal acumen – Our many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of litigating against even the largest airlines and manufacturers. We stay updated on all regulatory rulings and case precedents.
  • Client commitment – Our contingency fee policies mean we only recoup percentages of money successfully won for you. No upfront costs create risks. Open communication fosters partnerships focused on your unique needs first and foremost.
  • Global resources – With an expansive network of local co-counsels worldwide, we possess resources mobilizing immediate investigations, evidence preservation, and procedures with proper authorities internationally as needed.

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Recovering from your LATAM injuries does not simply require just any law firm. This aviation niche demands professionals with specialized expertise and dedication rarely found elsewhere. Contact us now by calling us at (713) 804-8149 to begin exploring how we can make all those impacted whole again while upholding critical safety standards.

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