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Aviation Accidents


Aviation Accident Overview

Anytime an airplane or helicopter accidents occurs it is more than likely that there will be severe injuries, if not fatalities. If you or someone you know has been involved in an aviation accident, you should contact an experienced attorney at Goodwin Law Corporation immediately. Attorney Jeff Goodwin is extremely knowledgeable in aviation law. He has taken and passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) written and practical tests to become a certified pilot which has given him hands-on experience into complicated and technical aviation matters.

If you or someone you know has been involved in an aviation accident case, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries or loss. However, to win your case you must establish that another person or entity was somehow responsible for the accident. Specifically, you will need to prove that another person’s negligence directly contributed to the accident.

Potentially liable (e.g., legally responsible) and negligent parties vary depending on the cause of the aircraft accident. Approximately 80 percent of all aviation accidents occur shortly before, after, or during takeoff or landing. In these cases, the accident is often described as resulting from “human error” and the owner and operator of the aircraft certainly may be liable. In other cases, where the accident resulted from a defective aircraft or component, the manufacturers or maintenance suppliers may also be liable. In some circumstances, even the federal government can have some responsibility. Negligence is often caused by:

  • Pilot error
  • Pilots flying under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Poorly maintained equipment
  • Problems with the design or structure of the aircraft
  • Ignoring FAA regulations
  • Crew negligence
  • Federal air traffic controller negligence
  • Lack of security on the plane

Filing an Aviation Accident Case

It is never too soon to contact us to learn more about your legal rights and remedies. Depending on the circumstances, claims may be belong in state court or federal court. Airplane and helicopter accidents are subject to a wide range of laws, treaties, and regulations. Because of this, these types of cases often result in complex legal action.

Although it can be difficult to piece together the events leading up to an aviation accident, we are very skilled in these matters. We will engage in an private investigation to determine who is at fault for the accident. In addition, we will thoroughly review all accident reports, review FAA regulations, speak with credible experts and witnesses, and work with both state and federal authorities in building your case. We are committed to protecting your best interests and will vigorously litigate on your behalf.

Settlements and Damages in Aviation Accident Cases

Aviation accidents which result in wrongful death are often very complicated because several parties may have been contributed to the crash. Settlements usually are common in wrongful death cases because most defendants want to avoid the publicity of a case going to trial. Airline companies often will attempt to contact the families of aviation crash victims and offer a settlement. Do not settle your case without consulting with an experience aviation attorney.

In general, as long as you can prove a defendant was negligent and establish liability, you will be able to recover some form of compensation. The types of damages vary on a case by case basis. Some of the factors in determining your damages include:

  • Expenses for medical care incurred after the accident
  • Loss of future income, benefits, and pensions
  • Your emotional pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Non-economic damages, such as loss of companionship, care, love, support, comfort, etc.

Retaining an experienced aviation attorney is therefore in your best interest for recovery. It is essential to speak to an attorney to ensure that you are within the statute of limitations for filing your case. In addition, the sooner you contact us the sooner we can preserve evidence, investigate the accident, and enable physicians or other experts to thoroughly evaluate your injuries.