Plane Crash Lawsuit
If you or a loved one were injured or killed in a plane crash, you may be eligible for a settlement.
Aircraft Injury & Accidents
Few things elicit as much fear and anxiety as getting on a plane. While the airline industry remains one of the most regulated and monitored industries out there, accidents can and do occur.
The most high profile accidents are those that happen on large airliners. However, injuries can happen on smaller scales, such as broken arms from sliding beverage carts or injuries from items falling out of overhead storage.
If you or a family member were injured in a plane crash or accident, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for medical bills. Our experienced airplane injury lawyers are standing by to find out whether you have a case. Contact us today for a free consultation with no strings attached.
Types of Airplane Injuries & Accidents
Every day in the United States alone, more than 2.5 million passengers fly across more than 29 million square miles of airspace, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
In general, aviation accidents are declining. The year 2017 was reported the safest year on record after not a single person died in a commercial jet crash anywhere in the world. That doesn’t mean no one died in a plane crash that year, however.
Domestic civilian flights remain as dangerous and deadly as ever. In 2017, 18 people were killed after a private plane crashed while flying from Los Angeles to Aspen. Dozens of other small crashes in single-engine planes are recorded every year that kill and injure countless people.
Aside from domestic civilian flights, injuries happen frequently on commercial flights. These include (but are not limited to):
- Injuries during turbulence
- Luggage falling from overhead compartments
- Negligence during medical emergencies
- Injuries from beverage carts
- Falls from loose carpeting
- Burns from overheated beverages
Injuries and crashes can result from all sorts of complications. These include (but are not limited to):
- Human error
- Poor maintenance
- Aircraft design defects
- Air traffic controller errors
- Landing errors
- Engine failure
- Bad weather
- Pilot fatigue
How a Plane Crash Settlement Works
When a plane crashes or an injury occurs on a plane, the aggrieved party may be eligible to make a claim against the airline.
For large plane crashes, years of investigation can occur. The information collected during an exhaustive investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is used to recreate what happened before, during, and after a crash.
After the agency finishes interviewing all parties over weeks and months, investigators will compile a detailed report of the causes. It can take years for the NTSB to release the finalized report to the public.
Along with safety recommendations to prevent another crash, the information can also be used to assign fault. Liability is often divided into percentages. For example, an airline carrier may be 40 percent at fault for an improper inspection while a manufacturer may be found 60 percent at fault for designing a defective part.
Passengers and their families will often file lawsuits after a crash for wrongful death, negligence, and other claims. It can take years for litigation to process, but the parties will sometimes come to a settlement agreement.
Using the information from the investigation and the division of liability, the settlement cost will be divided among the negligent parties.
Plaintiffs may be eligible for compensation for medical treatment, survivor benefits, loss of income, and more. According to Hopes and Fears, some states put limits on liability for airliners for damages for pain and suffering.
Why You Should Sue an Airline for a Crash
Anyone involved in an airline accident knows how traumatic the experience can be. A plane crash can not only leave someone permanently debilitated but can also result in death.
Instead of being saddled with mounting bills for medical expenses and therapy, suing an airliner for a crash can help ease the financial burden placed on victims of plane crashes.
On top of the financial compensation, a lawsuit can also hold airliners and plane manufacturers accountable for negligence and design defects. The cost of a settlement may encourage an airline carrier or manufacturer to implement new and improved safety regulations to prevent the accident from happening again.