When faced with a catastrophe such as an airplane crash, the need for recovery takes many shapes. This includes immediate and long-term medical care, but also the need for established legal counsel to take on many tasks– which can include dealing with hospitals, airline companies, insurance, and funerals.
The Ehline Law Firm’s years of experience speak for themselves. Our home area of the greater LA near the LAX region is well known and respected in the legal circles. If you or a loved one has been injured in an air crash and need a skilled set of attorneys to manage a case, who better than the Ehline team? Aircraft law can be complicated, and our licensed attorneys have won hundreds of suits worth millions of dollar for our clients. We are your best defense against greedy companies and negligent parties.
How to Deal With Your Complex Aircraft Injury Case.
If such a disaster has happened to you or a loved one, there is a real need to make your life whole again. There is more than just the medical to deal with. There could be a tangled web of legal issues that could significantly affect your future.
There are dozens of attorneys in the phone book, but the right one can be elusive. To take on a case like this, only attorneys with specialized experience in aviation law, treaties, and regulations remain suited for your case. Our attorneys have the needed skills. Also, we stand ready to assist.
The Ehline Law Firm is based in Southern California and can help injured victims across the state, including in Santa Monica, Long Beach, and beyond. We also work with pilots, attorneys brimmed with aviation knowledge. Our firm’s specialization is what makes it stand out in a case like this. We can help in any event, including those such as:
- Luggage falling on your head;
- Objects flying around in the cabin causing another injury;
- Food poisoning and more.
We also work with people involved in helicopter accidents. Also, we assist with both private and commercial helicopter injury claims. Furthermore, we take on VTOL and VSTOL claims. (Learn More).
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air passenger travel will double over the next two decades. So traffic will increase. In fact, so will the risk of an aviation tragedies. Usually, travel by air is the safest means of transportation. But when accidents occur they end up in severe injuries and most fatalities.
Smaller, less serious incidents involving private aircraft are becoming more frequent and occur more than to great passenger liners. Most of these “minor” incidents go unreported.
Potentially liable and negligent parties vary depending on the circumstances of the aircraft accident. The owner and operator of the plane could be liable, as can manufacturers or maintenance suppliers. There are even cases where the federal government can have some responsibility in an aircraft collision.
At least once every day there is a safety-related incident or threat reported in the country, and the majority of incidents going unreported.
Strict Liability in Aviation Catastrophes.
While pilot error often plays a part in aircraft victims’ claims, other issues with the aircraft or its parts could also contribute to the accident, and the severity of injuries suffered. When this occurs, the aircraft or component manufacturer may share some legal blame along with negligent pilots for crashes or injuries the mishap caused under the legal theory of strict liability.
On top of a civil court claim against individuals or entities for causing an aviation injury accident, U.S. and state governments may also pursue criminal prosecution. Although the charges may vary, most states impose penalties on pilots and parent companies for reckless and intentional conduct that leads to serious injury, death, or physical property damage.
Wrongful death actions remain complicated claims. Also, part of the reason is that several parties could cause these deaths. There are part makers, mechanics, and many potential defendants. Pre-trial settlements are not uncommon in these cases. This is because many liable defendants try to avoid the public outcry of having caused a death. When these settlements occur, often a reduction of the wrongful death damages issued by a judge or jury will also occur.
In this case, the plaintiff’s recovery is reduced and frees that defendant from liability and waives their claim for any contribution from co-defendants. This leads them to pay no more than their liable share of the bad conduct as found by the jury or a judge.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) Aviation Consumer Protection Division Oversees consumer issues related to air travel: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is responsible for ensuring that the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of all aircraft meet minimum safety and other standards and all current regulations.
The National Transportation Board (NTSB) is responsible for improving air travel safety. They do so by investigating all accidents and problems related to the aviation industry. Afterward, they recommend any necessary changes.
The Ehline Law Firm’s experience in aviation law and claims makes it a vital partner in your recovery. For a free, no pressure consultation, call us today at (888) 400-9721.