The Regional Airlines and the Airport Authority have been, and continue to be, legally responsible for multiple head injuries every year. Four critical issues that lead to millions of passengers' and crewmembers' head injuries per year are listed below, as well as one major oversight. All of these must be recognized and dealt with, without delay:
The height of today's average person is 5' 10" for males and 5' 4" for females. The height of regional aircraft entry doors are less than 5' 10" to less than 5' 2".
Critical issue oversight: After a passenger or crewmember has struck the top of the entryway with his or her head, another major concern is the bio-hazard caused by an open wound in a public place. There are twenty-nine life threatening Airborne Pathogens according to OSHA; HIV, tuberculosis, pneumonic plague, hepatitis, pneumonia, and diphtheria are just a few that can be spread with just the smallest open wound. The threat of airborne pathogens is the most efficient method by which pathogens can increase contact to a large number of passengers and the general public swiftly. Route efficiency of transmission is one of the most important characteristics that should be considered when evaluating how large an impact infectious diseases can have on the general public. Pathogens are often spread rapidly in public when airborne due to an open wound.
Under Negligence Law, the defendant must use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. Negligence is defined as the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm. Common carrier law definition requires the regional airlines to have the highest care and the vigilance of a very cautious person. In fact, the common carrier must do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers or property. If an airline or airport authority notices an unsafe area but failed to inform passengers, the airline may be on the hook under a negligence theory of liability.
Multiple legal text books define the Common Carrier Standard as a heightened duty of care. Regional Airlines fall into a legal category called "common carriers" -- entities that transport the general public for a fee. The law imposes a heightened duty of care on common carriers. Common carriers must act with a high degree of care and use the vigilance of a very cautious person in order to protect passengers from any potential harm. This standard of care extends to the airline's employees as well (including pilots, flight attendants, ground crew, maintenance workers and the airline's own safety inspectors). Common carriers also owe this heightened duty of care to passengers while they are boarding the plane, traveling onboard the aircraft, and getting off the plane. Once the passengers disembark, however, the airline is no longer legally responsible and the degree of care is now the legal responsibility of the airport authority. Some accidents may have several causes.
Failure to recognize the legal negligence without resolving their existing oversight, will lead Regional Airlines, Airline Insurance Companies and Airport Authorities to being financially responsible for legal resolution. These entities are all legally responsible to all the injured parties and also to other airline customers exposed to any airborne pathogen from the injured party. Workers compensation issues must also be equated into each of the legal responsibilities when a head injury commonly occurs to a crewmember. There are several crewmembers who will attest to the multiple head injuries and the need for medical attention to several passengers and crewmembers after each head injury occurrence. The Head Guard Company has, and continues to, gain the support of numerous crewmembers and Federal Aviation Administration Safety Inspectors that are willing to confirm the need for the Head Guard and are in support of plaintiffs.