As catastrophic injury lawyers, Ehline Law Firm PC has as its main goal in all aircraft related accidents, to protect the rights of the surviving victims. The massive extinction of human life, and/or tragic disfigurement, is an often unfortunate underpinning of these types of cases. Our pros go the extra mile to protect a client’s ability to recover money damages in these sophisticated claims. This helps enable the down and out, and bereaving parties to cope with the more pressing hospital, and/or funeral arrangements.
We also offer convenience. Our home base is LA and LAX is world famous and a place of arrival and departure for aircraft. Perhaps you yourself were in an aviation accident, and have a state court case requiring lawyers licensed or admitted pro hac vice, in California? If so, you will need answers to the frequently asked questions, as well as the not so often asked questions that no one seems to be able to answer. Aircraft law can be tricky, with many obstacles potentially preventing recovery for an injured consumer passenger. Your better off throwing your lot in with someone already recognized as an expert. Your better off hiring a professional in personal injury litigation, who already has a laundry list of impressive, million dollar range verdicts and settlements. In short, your in a strategically better position when you hire an attorney like those found at Ehline Law Firm PC, than you are by trying to go it alone.
How to Deal With Your Complex Aircraft Injury Case
If you have suffered injuries or lost a loved one in an airborne mishap, you already know the pain, grief and tragedy associated with these serious in flight claims. What you may not realize is the complex nature of bringing a suit to recover damages for those injuries or deaths.
Finding legal advocates is a hard task. There are not many who have studied this area of law thoroughly enough to truly have achieved its mastery. As discussed, in flight accidents are subject to a wide range of laws, treaties, and regulations, and it takes dedicated, experienced counsel to successfully bring a case. If you are looking for help, you don’t have to look any further. Contact our experienced law group before it’s too late. Get money for your financial losses, or loss of a bread winner, for example.
Ehline Law Firm PC in Southern California, help injured victims in California cities like Santa Monica, Long Beach, and beyond. We also deal with pilots, and have knowledgeable airplane educated lawyers in California.
Ehline Law Firm PC has the experience and specialized knowledge to represent individuals and families who have suffered some type of loss in an airplane related tragedy, or other serious aviation mishap like:
- Luggage falling on your head;
- Objects flying around in the cabin causing other injury;
- Food poisoning and more.
We do not just deal with fixed wing vehicle claims. Our counsel also assists with private and commercial helicopter injury claims in both Northern and Southern California. (Learn More.) In addition, we take on VTOL and VSTOL claims.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air travel is expected to double over the next 20 years. Air traffic will increase, along with the risk of an aviation related tragedy. Generally, travel by air is considered to be a safe means of transportation, but when accidents do occur they often result in absolute fatalities. Smaller, less serious incidents involving private aircraft are more frequent than in large passenger liners. Most of these airline “minor” incidents are unreported.
Potentially liable (e.g., legally responsible) and negligent parties vary depending on the cause of the aircraft accident. The owner and operator of the aircraft certainly may be liable; manufacturers or maintenance suppliers may be liable in certain circumstances; even the federal government can have some responsibility in an aircraft accident or aircraft collision. At least once every day there is a safety-related incident, or threat reported in the U.S., and as discussed, with the majority of incidents going unreported.
Strict Liability in Aviation Catastrophes
In addition to a civil court claim against individuals or entities for causing an aviation injury accident, the U.S. and state governments may also pursue criminal sanctions. Although the charges may vary between them, most states impose criminal sanctions on pilots and their bosses for reckless and intentional conduct that leads to serious injury, death, or physical property damage.
Wrongful death actions are usually very complicated, as the wrongful acts of several
parties may have contributed to an individual’s death. Pre-trial, or settlements are a common thing in wrongful death cases, because most liable defendants want to avoid the publicity of having caused a death to a loved one. When such out-of-court settlements occur, a reduction of the wrongful death damages award issued by a judge or jury will usually also occur. Thus, if a plaintiff settles a claim against one defendant, the plaintiff’s recovery from any other defendant is also reduced. The plaintiff releasing one defendant frees that defendant from liability to contribute to any other defendant in the case. This waives their claim for any contribution from co-defendants. In other words, the released defendant is out of action, and the remaining defendants will most often 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) Responsible for ensuring the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of all aircraft meet minimum safety and other standards and all current regulations. The National Transportation Board (NTSB) Responsible for improving air travel safety by investigating all accidents and problems related to the aviation industry and recommending any changes that may be necessary.
Ehline Law Firm PC is a first rate aviation accident law firm and also statewide. If you suffered an aviation mishap, contact us now at 888-400-9721.