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Airplane and Aviation Accidents – What Claims Can Be Made?

Posted on January 26, 2017
by David P. McCormack

David P. McCormack
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By their very nature, airplane and aviation industry accidents give rise to some of the most shocking, painful and devastating tragedies imaginable. Aviation accidents are thankfully rare, but they do occur with large, commercial airlines as well as private and charter airplanes. And, of course, aviation accidents are not just limited to plane crashes and other disasters: Injuries to passengers inside planes, and events on and around the tarmac, can also give rise to serious injuries or death.

Aviation lawsuits involve complicated legal and factual issues, from establishing the cause of such accidents, to proving negligence and causation, to legal issues of what law to apply and which courts have jurisdiction.

Proving which person or company is responsible for a plane crash or other aviation accident - whether from pilot error, mechanical failure, improper maintenance, runway defect, negligently operated aviation equipment, air traffic controller error, or other cause - requires a highly specialized set of skills and expert legal representation. The attorneys at SUGARMAN are experienced in the complexities of aircraft litigation, and are among few in Massachusetts to have litigated and tried aviation cases to conclusion.

As with the other types of personal injury cases SUGARMAN lawyers handle, SUGARMAN has the ability, depth and resources to immediately respond to an airplane accident and take the action necessary to ensure that a proper investigation is done. While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) typically conducts comprehensive investigations whenever there is a commercial airline accident, its investigation into private or corporate aircraft accidents may not be as complete. It is essential, therefore, to have expert injury lawyers and investigators on the scene as soon as possible to begin to piece together the cause of the crash.

SUGARMAN’s lawyers have a long history of handling airplane crash and general aviation cases with outstanding verdicts and settlements for our clients. We have successfully handled cases dealing with airplane equipment malfunction, small plane pilot error, mid-air collisions, design and manufacturing defects in component parts, and injuries from negligently operated aviation equipment on the tarmac. Our success is grounded in our ability to obtain the best experts to analyze the cause of these accidents and our experience in handling a wide range of personal injury cases.

Simply put, the injury lawyers at SUGARMAN know how to investigate and try an airplane accident case. If you or a loved one is a victim of an airplane, helicopter, or other aviation accident, one of our partners will schedule an immediate appointment to answer your questions and provide you the expert legal advice you need.  Please fill out a Contact Form, call us at 617-542-1000, or email info@sugarman.com for a consultation.