Our aviation attorneys at Morgan & Morgan have extensive experience in fixed wing and rotary wing crashes. Our attorneys also work with federal, state and local investigators to determine why the aircraft crashed. In some cases, our aviation attorneys conduct their own investigations using private investigators. Regardless of the professionals we use, we will determine why the aircraft crashed.
Aircraft crashes could be caused by issues with the runway, pilot error, violation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, defective parts on the aircraft, worn parts on the aircraft (mechanical failure), weather conditions, contaminated fuel or because of outside factors, such as a bird strike or because another aircraft was in the wrong place. Finding out why an aircraft crashed is important in learning whom to bring an action against, whether it is the airline itself, a pilot, another airline or the manufacturer of the aircraft. In some cases, those in the tower could also be responsible for the crash. In other cases, a combination of two or more could be responsible for the crash.
If you have been in an aviation crash or lost a loved one in an aviation crash, contact Morgan & Morgan for a free consultation as soon as possible.
What an Aviation Attorney Does for You
Our aviation attorneys make sure that they have everything needed to help you through settlement or trial, whichever way your case takes you. While settling is less stressful on you, sometimes the person at fault refuses to give you a fair settlement. In that case, we will always go to trial. Once your case starts, we will:
- Gather and analyze evidence including but not limited to cockpit voice recordings, flight data recordings, crew training records, procedure manuals, air traffic control (tower) records, inspection records, maintenance records and maintenance manuals. If the aircraft crashed due to manufacturing defects or because of the design of the aircraft, we will retain experts to review the manufacturer's testing and design records.
- Conduct the proper investigations based on the evidence. In some cases, air traffic control or even violation of the FAA regulations could have caused the crash.
- Negotiate a settlement on your behalf. However, if the settlement is not adequate, we will go to trial for more appropriate damages.
- Recover compensation. Depending on the actions or inactions of others, you may be entitled to physical pain, future medical bills, loss of consortium, loss of income, emotional suffering and punitive damage. While you are entitled to almost everything if you were injured in a plane crash, you are only entitled to punitive damages if the crash was caused by the negligence of another person, including reckless behavior, piloting while under the influence or even working in the control tower while under the influence.
We handle plane crash cases that involve private planes, commercial airliners, helicopters and military aircraft.
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If you have been injured in a plane crash or have lost a loved one in an aviation accident, contact Morgan & Morgan to schedule a free consultation.