Bronx Airplane Crash

Fortunately, airplane crashes are extremely rare. However, when they do occur the results can be catastrophic. Most victims of airplane crashes do not survive. Survivors are left with serious injuries that may include an injury to the back, multiple bone fractures, paralysis, internal injuries, or a brain injury such as a concussion. Such injuries require extensive treatment that is quite expensive and extended recovery times. Recovering victims typically miss weeks or months of work. It is not uncommon for some victims to never be able to return to work because their injuries are permanent. The families of lost loved ones are left emotionally devastated and may also suffer financially. At such an emotional time it is important to consult with an experienced Bronx personal injury lawyer before making decisions about your legal options such as a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit.

Legal liability for an airplane crash

There are many possible causes of airplane crashes including bad weather, air traffic controller error, pilot error, fuel problems, engine failure, defective design, and poor repair or maintenance. However, pinpointing the cause of an airplane crash can be difficult and can take several months of investigation. In some cases there are multiple causes for the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has the responsibility of investigating airplane crashes. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also aid airplane crash investigations.

Depending on the cause of the crash, victims may pursue claims against a variety of parties based on different types of claims. For example, if the NTSB determines that crash was the result of defective equipment or a faulty design, then victims may have product liability claims against the aircraft manufacturer. If the crash was caused by pilot error, then the victims would have a negligence claim against the pilot and the airline. If the carelessness of an air traffic controller caused the accident, then the victims would sue the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA). 28 U.S.C. 171. Suing the federal government has a distinct layer of complexity as the FTCA sets forth unique rules and procedures that must be followed. For example, prior to filing your lawsuit against the federal government you must first put the government on notice that you have a claim by first filing administrative paperwork with the FAA. If the FAA rejects your claim, you then have the option of filing your lawsuit. However, you must do so within 6 months of your claim being rejected by the FAA. You also have the option of trying to reach an acceptable settlement with the FAA and avoiding court altogether. Even if you have not yet decided to file a lawsuit against the federal government you should make sure that you are represented by an attorney experienced with all aspects of pursuing a tort claim against the federal government in order to ensure that your legal rights are properly protected.

In addition to the rare airplane crash, there are many incidents on airplanes and in terminals that result in injury. In-flight turbulence as well as rough landings sometimes leave passengers with back and head injuries. There are also accidents related to the food service equipment, mobile stairways used to embark and disembark from airplanes, as well as slip and fall accidents on tarmacs and in jetways that lead to passenger injury. Passengers who are injured under any of these circumstances may also be entitled to compensation.

Types of damages

Through a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim there are several types of damages that may be available to you based on your injuries and other losses you suffered due to another person's negligence. For instance, victims who suffer serious injuries in airplane accidents will unquestionably face significant medical expenses. These expenses include the fees related to your visits to the doctor, the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, medication, medical equipment and rehabilitation.

Whether you miss several days, weeks or months of work, the at fault party is legally responsible for paying you the lost wages, lost bonuses and other missed compensation. Pain and suffering is a legal term that encompasses not just physical pain you endured, but also emotional and mental suffering you experienced due to the accident such as fear, grief, frustration, worry, inconvenience and the loss of the enjoyment of life.

If a loved one dies in an airplane crash, the legal representative of that person has can sue to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Contact the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates

If you were seriously injured and are facing financial problems because you were in a plane accident, the person or company responsible for your injuries should be held accountable. To ensure that your legal rights are protected and that your case is properly handled, it is vital that you are represented by attorneys with experience. Contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates to discuss the details of your case. Our staff is experienced in handling claims that result from catastrophic accidents such as accidents involving commercial planes, private jets and helicopters. Contact us at 1-800-NY-NY-LAW (1-800-696-9529) to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case. We represent clients in the following locations: the Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Nassau County, Queens, Staten Island, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

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