Did You Lose a Loved One or Sustain Serious Injury in a Commercial Plane Accident?
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Plane crashes are almost always catastrophic and take hundreds of lives each year and even more people are injured in airline accidents, some occurring even before takeoff. Anyone who was injured in an accident, and anyone who lost a loved one in a crash may be able to file a claim for compensation.
Hundreds Die in Plane Crashes Every Year
The most recent data suggests that 2016 was one of the safest on record for commercial airline accidents and fatalities. But the International Air Transport Association (ITIA) reports that there were 10 fatal accidents that caused 268 deaths. 2017 also saw 10 fatal accidents, resulting in 44 deaths. On average, 371 people die in plane accidents each year.
We Fight for Your Right to Compensation
If you or a loved one were involved in a commercial airline crash, know that we are standing ready to fight for your rights, ensure you aren’t taken advantage of by the airline, and to help you seek the justice that you deserve.
Be aware, that even before you talk to an attorney about your injuries and losses, the airlines may offer you financial compensation after an accident, but before you accept this compensation, speak to us first. Plane accidents are usually complex because to have a successful claim, you must determine who is liable. A pilot, commercial airline company, airline manufacturer, air traffic control, airport operator, and even maintenance providers could be responsible for your injuries or losses.
Let us investigate your claim, scope the evidence and analyze the data to see if you are entitled to more compensation than what the airline is offering. And typically, you are. In fact, you may be entitled to compensation for many issues, including compensation for –
- Your pain and suffering
- Current and expected future medical costs related to the accident
- Permanent injuries that you may suffer
- Missed time at work and lost wages
- Loss of consortium of your spouse
- Wrongful death
Most Common Causes of Fatal Plane Crashes
While weather and other environmental factors can play a role in plane accidents, the FAA reports that most fatal crashes are caused by:
- Loss of Control Inflight
- Controlled Flight into Terrain
- System Component Failure – Powerplant
- Fuel Related
- System Component Failure – Non-Powerplant
- Unintended Flight In IMC
- Midair Collisions Low
- Low-Altitude Operations
Whether an accident is caused by equipment failure, or pilot error, the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit varies depending on whether the flight was international or domestic. If domestic, the time limit to file could be as short as one year, depending on the laws of the state in which you live. Contact us today to learn about the statute of limitations for your state and if you are eligible to seek compensation.
Don’t Run Out of Time
There is a limit on how long you have to file a claim for compensation for injuries you suffered or for the death of a family member from a commercial plane crash. The time limit is called the statute of limitations, and every state has one. Federal cases are also limited by this statute. However, the time limit is defined differently in by each state. This means that depending on the specifics of the case, you could have as little as six months to seek compensation or as many as six years. The time clock starts on the day of the accident and continues until the statute of limitations expires. After that, you will be barred from filing a claim.
Recent Airline Crash Lawsuit Verdicts and Settlements
$115.75 Million awarded to families of flight crew killed in cargo plane crash.
$25.2 million settlement for USAir crash caused by malfunctioning rudder valve.
$17.8 million awarded to survivor of family who were killed when a military plane crashed into their home.
Aircraft giant Airbus pays $9.1 million to the families of 199 people who were killed when their plane ran into a building.
Why Choose Us?
We are dedicated to holding commercial airlines responsible for the injuries they cause through negligence, and we don’t let them take advantage of their victims. Contact us today to learn more about how we handle commercial aviation claims, including how we –
Analyze the evidence, black box data, eyewitness testimony, and expert testimony to see exactly what caused the crash and determine the scope of your injuries and losses so you know exactly how to file your claims.
Estimate the cost of damages and loss with medical and aviation experts who know how to estimate the cost and value of plane crash injuries and deaths.
Advocate on behalf of plane crash victims to ensure you get the most compensation possible for your injuries and losses.
Negotiate with the airline on your behalf to reach the best settlement possible.
When necessary, litigate your case in court and use every lawful measure to obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Plane accidents are always stressful, frightening experiences and if you or your loved one are involved, you want straight answers, fast. Here we discuss some of the most frequently asked questions along with our answers.
Do family members of a plane crash victims have rights?
The family members of plane crash victims who died from the accident have rights, including the right to seek compensation on behalf of their loved one. However, if your family member was injured in a plane crash, they would need to file their claim for compensation.
Who is responsible for my injuries when an airliner crashes?
There may be more than one entity responsible for injuries you sustained in a plane crash. While the pilot could be liable if they made a mistake, the manufacturer, owner of the plane, and even the engineers could all be liable. Plane accidents require a thorough and detailed investigation before the cause and liability can be determined. Because of this, it is advisable that you seek the aid of an experienced aviation accident attorney who understands the complexities of these types of cases.
Can I get compensation for injuries from a flight that did not crash?
You do not have to be in a plane crash to seek compensation for injuries. If you are injured on a plane because of the actions or behaviors of the pilot or staff, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Also, if you suffer injury from something like turbulence, you may also be eligible to seek compensation if the airline knew or should have known about the turbulence but didn’t warn passengers.
Is there a statute of limitations for plane crash injury claims?
Yes, domestic flights are governed by the statute of limitations as defined by the individual states. How long you have to file a claim typically depends on state law though depending on the specific circumstances of your case other laws may take precedence. You could have as little as six months to file or as long as six years depending on the circumstances of the accident.
International flights are governed by the Montreal and Warsaw Conventions. These treaties provide injured passengers with two years to file a claim in most circumstances. However, the clock starts ticking on the date of the scheduled arrival of the flight. Your attorney will be able to clarify the time limits for your case.
What type of damages can I seek as an accident victim?
If you are injured in a plane crash, you may be entitled to seek damages for many things including the medical expenses you incurred because of your injuries. You may receive damages for the physical pain and mental anguish you suffered as well as compensation for permanent injuries and scars. If you missed work or lost wages because of your injuries, you might also recover those types of losses.
What do I do if my spouse died in a plane crash?
Contact an experienced aviation accident wrongful death law firm as soon as possible. The case will require thorough investigations to build your case. Your attorney will explain what all damages you may qualify for, but often a spouse is able to seek compensation for wrongful death, the loss of the love, support, aid, and comfort of your loved one. You may also be entitled to recover any medical expenses you incurred because of the accident as well as your spouse’s funeral expenses.
The airline offered to compensate me for my injuries. Should I take it?
Airlines often offer compensation to crash victims and their families. However, this settlement offer may not include all the compensation you are eligible for. You need to be sure you get the maximum amount of compensation that you are entitled to from all liable parties. You may be eligible for far more than the airline offers. An experienced attorney can help you determine the responsible parties and hold them liable by law. Contact us to ensure you are getting the compensation you deserve.