The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulate both commercial and private aircrafts. The FAA and NTSB set safety standards for pilot conduct; aircraft manufacturing and flight operations. The FAA and NTSB also investigate airline accidents to identify safety violations and determine crash causes.
Victims of plane crashes may pursue their own legal actions after aviation accidents. Victims or surviving family members are entitled to compensation from those responsible for the incident. Victims can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to recover monetary damages.
Your Rights After an Aviation Accident
Victims of aviation accidents may pursue claims for:
- Failure to follow FAA or NTSB regulations
- Product defects
Commercial airlines are classified as “common carriers.” Airline carriers have a duty to the public to comply with all safety standards and actively ensure the safety of crew and passengers. Owners and operators of private aircrafts also have an obligation to both crew and passengers. Owners of private aircrafts may be responsible for compensating injured victims even if the owner was not aboard the plane when an incident occurred.
Victims may negotiate a settlement with those responsible for aviation accidents. Aviation accident claims may also be litigated. Questions often arise regarding an appropriate venue for litigation. Airlines travel throughout the country and internationally and passengers can come from around the globe. An aviation accident attorney at Broussard & Hart L.L.C. can advise you on which court has authority to hear your claim and what state and federal laws apply.
Pursuing Compensation after an Airplane Accident
Victims seeking compensation for a plane crash must prove the defendant breached a legal duty. Many aircraft accidents result from:
- Problems with equipment
- Violations of FAA regulations
- Pilot error
- Structural problems with aircraft
- Problems with the design of an aircraft
- Negligence of flight service station employees
- Negligence in the selection of an aircraft carrier
- Negligence by Federal Air Traffic Controllers
Product liability cases require different evidence than negligence claims. Manufacturers of defective planes or plane parts may be held accountable for crashes regardless of negligence. Your aviation accident attorney will help build your case. An attorney can organize an investigation, obtain black box data to identify the crash causes and interview expert witnesses.
Plane Crash Compensation
When your aviation accident case is successful, you should be compensated for all losses. This includes medical costs; wage loss; pain and suffering and emotional distress. Aviation accidents are often deadly. Surviving family members are entitled to wrongful death damages for:
- Loss of the deceased’s financial contributions
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred before death
- Loss of companionship
Damages often reach seven figures due to the severity of aviation accidents. Victims need to understand their rights so they can be fairly compensated. Broussard & Hart L.L.C has been representing clients in injury and wrongful death claims for more than three decades. Call today to schedule a consultation and learn how our aviation accident lawyers can help you.
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Our attorneys will review your case and represent you throughout your aviation crash claim. Contact Broussard & Hart L.L.C. today for help pursuing a aviation accident settlement. Your first consultation is free and we won’t charge fees unless money is recovered.
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