As air travel becomes more frequent, so do the odds of being in an aircraft accident. These are very often fatal, but some passengers are fortunate enough to survive. In many cases, an accident will result from negligence on the part of the pilot, maintenance crew, owner, or manufacturer, warranting a lawsuit. However, lawsuits over personal injury or death involving an aircraft accident are very complex and should only be handled by experienced attorneys.
Hart & David has handled numerous personal injury cases, and our attorneys can assist you in getting compensation for an injury from an aircraft accident. We can help you receive what you deserve through skilled analysis of your case and aggressive prosecution.
Analyzing Aircraft Crashes
In a personal injury case, there are two parties: the plaintiff (the one seeking compensation for an injury or death of a loved one), and the defendant (whoever is at fault for the injury or death). The first order of business is to determine exactly who is at fault.
Determining who the defendant is will depend on the exact cause of the accident or injury. An aircraft accident may result from any of the following:
- Bad weather conditions
- Pilot error
- Aircraft design issues
- Manufacturer errors
- Engine failure
- Air traffic control error
- Faulty equipment
- Maintenance error
- Runway incursions
- Violations of federal laws, such as FAA and NTSB regulations
Figuring out the cause of an aircraft accident requires thorough analysis of the crash, including the aircraft’s design and manufacture, the manufacturer’s history, maintenance, owner/operator involvement, and many other factors. A crash may be investigated by any of a variety of federal organizations, including:
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
- The Department of Justice
- Department of State
- The Department of Defense
The organizations that investigate a crash will depend on the aircraft’s owner and whether it occurred on native or foreign soil. Once the crash has been investigated and the cause determined, the defendant can be selected. These may include:
- The airline or carrier
- The aircraft’s owner or operator
- Maintenance crew
- Air traffic control
A crash may be the result of negligence by any one of these parties or by a combination of two or more.
Once the cause of an accident and the one at fault have been determined, you need skilled prosecutors on your side to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. The amount you can receive depends on the expenses you face, including:
- Medical expenses, both past and future
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional suffering
- Punitive damages
Pursuing a personal injury case requires thorough knowledge of the regulations governing the manufacture and operation of aircraft. Since the exact regulatory violations involved in a case depend on the cause of the crash, the person or party at fault, and their involvement in the accident, you need an attorney who will be able to analyze the situation and determine the best plan of attack.
Hart & David’s personal injury lawyers will analyze your case and determine your best options for obtaining compensation. Our years of experience and strategic negotiation skills allow us to ensure your needs are met.