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An Overview of Aviation AccidentsExamples of Aviation Accident ClaimsYour First Call After An Accident

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Overview of AViation Accidents

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Aviation accidents, though rare compared to other types of transportation incidents, are catastrophic events that can result in significant loss of life and severe injuries. These accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, including pilot error, mechanical failure, poor weather conditions, and inadequate air traffic control procedures.

The complexity of investigating aviation accidents means that multiple agencies, such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the United States, often become involved to meticulously dissect flight data, pilot records, and aircraft maintenance histories to determine the cause. Legal proceedings following an aviation accident can be intricate, as they may involve different jurisdictions and a detailed understanding of aviation laws and regulations. The goal of these investigations is not only to provide closure and compensation to those affected but also to enhance safety protocols and prevent future accidents.

Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys is a firm dedicated to protecting our clients after life-changing injuries and accidents. Our attorneys can handle aviation accident cases that happen on commercial airplanes, private jets, helicopters, and chartered planes. We take on these cases like yours to help you recover a financial sum for past, present, and future expenses associated with the accident. 

Ultimately, we know that having a Shunnarah attorney on your side can help you with the following aspects of the legal process:

  • Legal knowledge about aviation accidents 
  • Negotiating skills
  • Focus and dedication to your case
  • Commitment to recovering your compensation 
  • Motivation to proceed through difficulties
  • Free consultation

Examples of personal injury Claims After An aircraft Accident

The damages you may be eligible to receive after an aviation accident include a wide range of ways that you or a loved one have been impacted since the accident happened. There is potential you have a claim for one or more of the following: 

Wrongful death: Unfortunately, often, a plane crash case is also a wrongful death case. The surviving family members of a victim of a fatal crash may be entitled to claims, such as a lost inheritance, funeral-associated expenses, and even a loss of consortium. 

Lost income: Injuries associated with aviation accidents tend to leave victims unable to enjoy the same quality of life they did before the unfortunate incident occurred. Missing work, for example, is one of the more common challenges. Alternatively, you may not recover at all, in which case we must consider the probability of what you may be losing as future earning potential.  

Pain and suffering: Pain and suffering occur in many ways. The physical injuries and anguish a victim deals with sit at the center. Additionally, there are intangibles, such as mental suffering and emotional tolls. An airplane crash can cause many physical and mental injuries, and you can be compensated for both. 

Medical expenses: Health care and hospital bills are not one-and-done expenses. Future care or long-term medical costs are all factored into the damages you may be eligible to receive. This is especially true if someone has been permanently injured.  

Workers’ compensation: Crew members who work during a plane crash also have the right to compensation if they are injured on the job. Airline accident cases are not just for passengers but also for employees. 

Make Shunnarah Your First Call After An Airplane Accident

A general rule of thumb is to avoid talking to unnecessary parties before speaking to an attorney about an aviation accident that you or a loved one has experienced. Still, getting medical attention as soon as possible is imperative.

Insurance companies may try to call you, and it is important to remember that what you say can impact the compensation you receive as much as taking an offer can. Beyond avoiding taking an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, it may also be in your best interests to avoid talking to the negligent party’s insurance provider altogether. 

It is a common tactic for insurance companies to try to get victims to confirm that they are not too badly affected, only to have this information used against them later. Communicate that you are not willing to speak without your attorney, even if you have not yet reached out to one. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Airplane Accidents

Here we answer some of the questions we see the most frequently about plane crashes and aviation accidents.

What is the cost of a lawyer after an aviation accident?

If you or a loved one was injured in an airplane or helicopter crash, you may feel overwhelmed and not know where to start. You need to find an attorney with experience with aviation accidents to help you navigate the process and provide legal advice for your case.

Aviation accident lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means they do not charge any upfront fees and only get paid if you receive a settlement. There is no risk to you if they take your case. You do not pay anything if they fail to get you a settlement. Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys strive to get all our clients and their families the maximum compensation they deserve after an air accident, including you.

How do you determine fault in an airplane accident?

Determining the responsible party is one of the fundamental building blocks to reaching an acceptable and fair settlement. Sometimes, multiple potential defendants are at play. It could be the air traffic controllers, the pilot, other aircraft employees, the maintenance team, the parent company that owns the aircraft, or a part manufacturer. We can help you understand your legal rights and apply our expertise to help prove who is at fault.

Why shouldn’t I immediately take a settlement when the insurance company reaches out?

Regardless of how much care is demonstrated, never forget that an insurance company is a business and will always operate as a business would. Therefore, the aim is to turn a profit, and that means paying out as little as possible.

After a plane crash, you are not in the frame of mind to process your situation effectively. Sadly, this is when many insurance companies make their move. They appear to be concerned, only wanting to compensate you to help you through. Additionally, whatever settlement may be offered here often requires you to agree that you can seek no more compensation for the same matter in the future.

The initial settlement is often offered to help the insurance company pay a low amount immediately while protecting itself against having to do a bigger payout later. This is where your aviation accident lawyer will negotiate on your behalf to get maximum compensation.

What ways does an attorney help with an aviation case?

Aircraft injury cases are complex and the impact is often severe, leading to widespread damage. Due to the scale of the accidents, evidence can easily be obscured. A lawyer with experience handling aviation accident cases must build a compelling case to reach an appropriate settlement, and you don’t want them to miss out on any evidence or detail! You want an attorney who has served clients in many such cases over the years and who knows what to look for. From navigating negotiations for high-value settlements to taking a case to trial, Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys is here after an aviation accident, with years of experience to support you.



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