Aviation accidents are devastating. Often, they result in very serious injuries or even fatalities. This can bring thousands or millions in property damage. However, many people don’t know what to do after a commercial plane crash.
About Aviation Accidents
The airplane industry has convinced travelers that flying is completely safe. However, aviation accidents do happen. When they do, it is usually devastating. This includes loss of life, injuries, and property damages. We also have over 20 years helping victims and their families. There can be complex litigation rules involved. It is important to pick a litigation team that will fight for you and your loved ones.
Usually, commercial airline travel is safe. However, even with hours of training and experience pilot error does happen. Employers have a responsibility to take appropriate care in hiring, training, and supervising their pilots. If they have been negligent in carrying out this duty, they may also be held liable.
The Federal Aviation Administration licenses pilots and keeps records regarding licensure and certification. It also requires pilots to undergo regular physical examinations to make sure that they do not have any health or physical conditions that would render them unfit to fly.
Mechanical difficulties are frequently the cause of aircraft accidents. This could be a defective design. Plus, there could also be manufacturing defects like incorrectly produced or assembled parts.
Negligent maintenance happens frequently and causes aircraft accidents. This happens when owners do not conduct regular inspections and maintenance, or if plane mechanics are negligent in their repairs. A pilot should inspect the plane to ensure flying condition. If not, accidents happen.
It is important to have a legal team investigate the case to determine any accident causes. Large aircrafts have black boxes that record anything that happens before a crash. Small plane crashes do not have large numbers of fatalities. However, commercial ones do. In 2001, the most fatale single-plane crash in U.S. history was American Airlines Flight 587 in Belle Harbor, Queens. There were 260 deaths. Also, five more died who were on the ground at the time of the crash.
File a Civil Claim
After a commercial plane crash, there are several types of compensation available. This includes medical bills, lost wages, and compensation for property damage. Plus, a jury could also award compensation for intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life.
If a death occurred, the surviving family can gain compensation for their loss. This could include loss of society, companionship or support, and funeral expenses.
A catastrophic plane crash or accident causes mental and physical suffering. Many describe panic, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and also survivor’s guilt. These feelings can change a person for the rest of his or her life. Therefore, this is why it is important to seek the counsel of a knowledgeable complex litigation attorney. We will fight to recover damages owed after this devastating accident. Our consultations are free. Contact us today.