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Florida Aviation Accident Lawyer

Aviation accidents can be the most dangerous types of accidents. They can result in property damage. They can cause serious injuries, affecting everyone in the plane. Though there are laws in place to make flying as safe as possible, accidents can still happen. When they do, you need to know your rights.

Crash of airplane falling into the seaHow Do Airplane Accidents Happen? 

The main reason why aviation accidents occur is because of pilot errors. There are many ways in which this type of error can occur. They might not complete the pre-flight check properly, resulting in a malfunction in the air. In some cases, there might be a communication breakdown or they’ll get the wrong instructions from the tower. The pilot might not put in the right amount of fuel.

There are a few other things that can cause an airplane accident. For example, the plane might not have been maintained properly. This can result in a malfunction in the air. It’s also possible that there might be rough weather. This can cause turbulence, which can affect the equipment on the plane.

How Do Helicopter Accidents Occur? 

Helicopters are one of the most convenient ways to travel around town. But they can still be involved in serious accidents. Because of their design, the pilot needs to pay full attention to the helicopter. A small mistake can have big consequences. Usually, a pilot error will be to blame for a helicopter accident. They might not have checked the craft before the flight. It’s also possible that the helicopter company might not have maintained the vehicle correctly. Poor weather or pad operators might also contribute to the crash.

Who is at Fault in an Aviation Accident?

As we can see, there is a lot of factors that can contribute to an accident. For example, the pilot might be at fault. If the pilot worked for a commercial airline, they will be responsible for hiring and training their pilots.

The issue might have been caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment. In this case, the manufacturer might be at fault. The ground crew might also be at fault if they didn’t maintain the aircraft properly. The mechanics might be held responsible if they didn’t fix the issue properly.

The communication in the air might have been the problem. The airline attendant might be negligent. Sometimes air traffic controllers might not have given the pilot the right information.

Generally, several parties will be deemed to be at fault for the accident. Because of this, a Florida airplane accident lawyer will be able to seek compensation from several people.

Investigation After an Aviation Accident

Sadly, when aviation accidents happen they can cause widespread deaths. If an airplane crashes it can mean hundreds of people losing their lives. Because of this, there must be an investigation. By knowing what went wrong, the industry can take steps to make sure that it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

If an aviation accident occurred on a large airline there are a few tools that investigators can use to piece together what happened. For example, there is a black box recording. This will provide a transcript of what happened in the aircraft before the accident occurred. This can give insights into what went wrong and what the pilots were thinking. This might not be available in smaller aircraft. Because of this, investigators might need to look at the scene and any witness reports to try to figure out what went wrong.

Your lawyer will need to look at the results of the investigations very carefully. This will tell them why the crash occurred. It will also give a clear indication of who is responsible for the crash. This will tell them who you should get compensation from.

How to Claim Compensation After an Aviation Accident?

How you’ll be able to claim compensation after an aviation accident will depend on the type of aircraft you were on. If you were on a smaller, privately owned airplane it will be treated the same as a car crash. As long as you can show that there was negligence, you should be able to get compensated.

The bigger issue is what happens when you are on a commercial plane. These are held to a higher safety standard than privately owned vehicles. Because of this, after a crash, you don’t need to prove negligence to be compensated. However, the amount of damages that you will be able to claim is capped. To increase the value of your claim, your lawyer will need to show there was willful misconduct. Once they do this, there is no upper limit to the amount you can claim.

Your lawyer will also need to decide what type of claim they want to pursue. For example, they might want to base their claim on negligence. If the damage was caused by an employee, they might be able to establish vicarious liability. This means that the airline company will be held responsible. They might need to use the Florida Tort Claims Act. This will allow them to sue federal employees, like control tower operators. The specifics of the claim will be decided once they know what caused the aircraft accident to occur.

What Damages Can You Claim?

If you have been involved in an aviation accident, there are several damages that you will be able to sue for. You will be able to claim the costs of any medical bills that you incurred. You’ll need to keep the receipts to prove how much you paid. You will be able to claim for everything associated with your injuries. This can include any wages that you lost while you recovered. You can also claim for any property that was damaged as part of the accident.

Often, an aviation accident can be a highly traumatic experience. It’s common for those involved to develop mental health concerns. It’s also possible that your injuries will leave you permanently disfigured. If you have a disability you will be able to claim for the loss of enjoyment. You can also claim for the pain and suffering associated with the recovery from your injuries. These costs can often be more difficult for your lawyer to calculate. However, they will do their best to accurately represent the mental toll the accident has had on your life.

Unfortunately, aviation accidents can cause loss of life. If this has happened to your family, there are a few costs that you are entitled to be compensated for. First, you will be able to claim the expenses associated with the funeral. You can also claim for the damages associated with the loss of companionship.

Contact The Injury Firm

If you, or someone you know, has been involved in an aviation accident you could be entitled to claim compensation. As you can imagine, the law in this area can get quite confusing. To give your case the best chance of success you will need to hire a skilled Florida airplane accident attorney. Our team at The Injury Firm can help. We fight to make sure that you are treated fairly and get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call today and book your free consultation to find out what we can do for you.  

The Injury Firm

1608 East Commercial Blvd. 
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334

Phone (954) 951-0000
Fax: (954) 951-1000


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