Passenger Rights and Safety
In addition to handling litigation filed by those hurt in plane crashes, Motley Rice is proud to be a voice for safer skies. Through our work, we strive to hold the airlines, aviation security companies and others in the aviation industry accountable for breaches in safety and security while pursuing justice for victims' family members or plane crash survivors. Motley Rice considers public service a higher priority than the airlines' profit margins and cost ratios. Our team is willing to speak out and take legal action to support consumer demands for significant safety changes so that future generations may enjoy safer skies.
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False Imprisonment and Malicious Prosecution
There seems to be a trend among airline employees that we find alarming—airline employees arresting passengers as a way to resolve questions or problems involving passengers' travel. In some instances, passengers who are just asking questions are being unjustly subjected to actions such as arrest, jail, criminal court, legal expense and humiliation.This injustice is known as false imprisonment, false arrest or malicious prosecution.
Motley Rice litigated a case alleging false arrest that ultimately settled for a substantial confidential amount in excess of previously reported settlement demands or offers. Read more about this case in an article featured in The Post and Courier.
If you believe you have been unjustly arrested or you have been taken from a plane on a U.S. carrier or at a U.S. airport as a result of airport or airline employees' actions and want to learn more about your legal right, please contact Motley Rice aviation lawyers at 1.800.868.6457.
Overhead Bin Injuries
Approximately 4,500 airline passengers sustain injuries each year as a a result of items falling from overhead bins, and a survey shows that 80 percent of flight attendants were hurt in 2011 due to carry-ons stowed in overhead bins.
According to an Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA) survey highlighted in AeroSafety World magazine, the primary reasons for an increase in passenger and flight attendant injuries are the increasing costs of checking bags and the failure of some airlines to monitor what is going in overhead bins.
Airlines are endangering both passengers and flight attendants by allowing as a carry-on any item that can be stuffed into bins, regardless of shape and weight. If you have been hurt by an item that you believe was too large or heavy for the overhead bin, please contact Motley Rice aviation lawyers at 1.800.868.6456.