With an estimated 600,000 commercial drones set to be in the air by 2018, it’s no wonder there are increased concerns over new types of personal injury.
Manufactured and sold by brands like Parrot, DJI and Revell; the small and popular gadget has become readily available in the UK during recent years. Sold at an affordable price, drones have often been found to be the root cause of a wide range of public issues, including near misses with aircraft and burglary.
Drone injuries are a realistic possibility; as Amy Roberts discovered in 2015 when her 18-month-old son’s eye was tragically sliced in half by a propeller. At the time, this was the first ever case of drone related surgery, which the operating surgeon described as ‘inevitable to increase’.
Since 2015, a number of regulations have been put in place to try and reduce the negative side effects of drone popularity discussed above. Restricting areas of access and distance from people, the regulations appear to be a step in the right direction to making this modern gadget a safe one to use. However, by nature they can be difficult to monitor, meaning we must always be prepared for the possibility of accident and injury.