While plane accidents are less common than vehicle crashes, they can leave behind devastating injuries in their wake. When a plane accident happens, the family members left behind often struggle to figure out what to do. Thankfully, you can hire an experienced plane accident lawyer to help you determine your legal rights, either as a surviving victim or a loved one who has lost a family member in a plane accident.
Causes of Airplane Accidents
Due to the number of years that airplanes have been used as a mode of transportation, there is ample information about maintaining and using them safely. Unfortunately, accidents can and do still happen. The complex mechanics and many controls inside an aircraft must continuously be operated with safety as a top priority because it is tough to maintain control of the aircraft otherwise. When an accident that could have been prevented happens, a plane accident lawyer might be the only way for you to recover compensation.
Authorities should complete a proper investigation as soon as possible post-accident to protect the interests of the injured. Knowing the possible causes of accidents might lead you to speak with an experienced lawyer right away. If you’re not sure what caused the accident, an attorney can also help with that aspect of the investigation. There are different types of licenses and instrument ratings. A pilot may improperly fly in weather conditions that they cannot handle and for which they do not possess the training to fly.
If pilot error caused the accident, you might be able to hold the organization employing that pilot accountable. Other mistakes that could be at play include improper maintenance or safety checks, miscalculations, navigational errors, excessive landing speed, failure to follow landing or takeoff procedures, and missed runways.
Another issue that can lead to plane accidents is equipment malfunction. Mechanical failures such as design flaws or engine failure can also contribute to plane accidents. The manufacturer of those parts could be held responsible in those cases.
Can You File a Personal Injury Claim?
In the immediate aftermath of a plane accident, your focus should be on getting the necessary medical care. If you’ve lost your loved one in a plane accident, your entire family is likely grieving and needing time to arrange for a funeral or memorial service. But once you’ve made it through this challenging period, do not delay in meeting with a plane accident lawyer to discuss your options regarding filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties. It could be your only chance to recover compensation for the injuries sustained or for a life lost.
In Florida, victims in many different kinds of personal injury accidents have the right to file a lawsuit. The same holds for those cases involving negligence and plane accidents. If you have recently lived through a plane accident, at the least, you might be able to recover the compensation required to pay for your medical treatments.
Damages for Plane Accident Victims
In addition to recovery for medical costs, other damages may include the following:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death damages
Plane accidents are very complicated because they might involve more than one responsible party. It could include an operator or pilot, or equipment manufacturer, for example. Only a thorough investigation into the scene can reveal the parties you might include in a personal injury suit. The help of a plane accident lawyer is required so that you understand the unique aspects of your claim and the laws at play.
Hiring the right law firm with a track record of involvement in aviation cases is crucial following a plane accident. When you schedule an initial consultation, ask about their experience in handling claims on behalf of victims or surviving family members. This information will give you a good sense of how that firm would manage your case. No matter how you choose to proceed, act quickly to give your plane accident lawyer the best opportunity to evaluate your case and collect necessary evidence. With so much to think about, hiring a dedicated law firm can make a big difference in your ability to recover funds.
5 Million Dollar Verdict
Ken Metnick and Peter Dyson co-tried a tragic airplane crash case in Broward County, Florida, which resulted in the death of all four passengers and the pilot on board. The plane crashed over the ocean due to the onset of inclement weather, which the pilot could not navigate through. The firm represented the widowed father of one of the deceased passengers, who was an adult. The case was tried under an area of the law known as the Death on High Seas Act (DOHSA), which holds that only Loss of Companionship damages may be awarded to the survivor and not the typical Pain and Suffering damages which can be awarded under the Florida Wrongful Death Act. The firm tried the case after Defendant’s insurance carrier refused to pay our client only one-fourth of Defendant’s $1 million insurance policy. After this refusal by the Defendant, which offered nothing, Mr. Metnick and Mr. Dyson were able to obtain a verdict that was 20 times the amount of the firm’s monetary demand.
Contact the Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyers at Dyson Law, PLLC
Based in Delray Beach, Florida, Dyson Law, PLLC, has a track record of working with aviation accident victims. We have served clients all over Palm Beach County and understand the complexities and nuances of your case. We combine an old-school work ethic with the latest technology to serve our clients well. With a small attorney-to-client ratio, you can rest assured we will keep you in the loop, give you the decision as to how to proceed, and provide exceptional value. If you have lived through a plane accident or if your loved one passed away in one, you should contact our firm immediately to get an analysis of your case. Call us at (561) 498-9979. You can also fill out our online form to set up a free consultation about your case.
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