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Aviation Accident Lawyer in St. Louis
You can trust a St. Louis aviation accident attorney from Morgan and Morgan to fight for you or a loved one injured in an accident in this industry. That's because our attorneys have the experience and access to powerful legal resources, including a team of aviation specialists who are not afraid to dig into the deeper details of the accident to establish the truth. Don't settle for less when you are entitled to more. Let us help you find the answers you need and the compensation you deserve after an aviation accident. Contact us today to get started with a free case evaluation.
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Can Aviation Workers File a Lawsuit?
Aviation workers, including pilots, crew members, maintenance staff, and airport personnel, can file a lawsuit if they are injured due to negligence, unsafe working conditions, or any other valid reason. This might include incidents involving:
- faulty equipment;
- inadequate safety protocols;
- dangerous aviation products; or even
- negligence from employers or third parties.
Workers' compensation may cover some aspects of these claims, but in cases of serious negligence or third-party liability, additional legal action may be necessary. If you're an aviation worker, a Morgan and Morgan aviation accident lawyer can help you understand your rights after an aviation accident and the potential for a lawsuit beyond workers' compensation claims.
Common Aviation Accidents
The worst aviation accident in St. Louis' history happened on July 23, 1973, killing at least 36 people. Among other reasons, it was later discovered that the accident could have been avoided had the captain received a timely warning about the poor weather conditions. That's a classic case of negligence that led to the unfortunate loss of lives.
Common aviation accidents in and around St. Louis can include runway collisions, in-flight mechanical failures, and accidents during takeoff or landing.
Helicopter accidents, although less frequent, also occur and can have devastating consequences. These accidents can result from various factors, including pilot error, mechanical issues, poor weather conditions, and air traffic control mistakes.
Types of Aviation Accident Claims
Aviation accident claims usually depend on the circumstances under which the accident occurred. Generally, they include:
- personal injury claims for those injured in an accident;
- wrongful death claims filed by the families of deceased victims;
- product liability claims in cases where a defect in the aircraft or its components contributed to the accident or
- negligence claims due to factors such as failure to conduct proper repairs or maintenance.
Possible Liable Parties in Aviation Accidents
In these cases, liability could fall on different parties. It all depends on how that particular accident happened.
Airlines are often a primary focus, especially if the accident involves operational issues or a lack of adherence to safety protocols. Aircraft manufacturers may be liable under product liability laws if defects in the aircraft or its parts caused the accident.
Maintenance providers can also be held responsible if inadequate maintenance was a factor. Additionally, liability can extend to airport management authorities and even government entities responsible for air traffic control, depending on the accident's circumstances.
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The aviation industry is worth billions of dollars. Don't make the mistake of taking on defendants in such cases without proper legal representation. They'll do everything to avoid liability or have you settle for less than you deserve. Contact us to learn how we might be able to help.
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