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Aviation Accident Lawsuit Basics

December 21, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

While aviation accidents are rare, the lawsuit that follows can be extremely complex, especially when it involves a commercial airline. Plane accidents can occur for any number of reasons, including pilot failure, mechanical error, weather, sabotage, and human error, so determining liability and compensation requires a considerable amount of detailed work. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill accident, so you should know what to expect ahead of time.

Accident Scene Investigation

Federal investigators will begin to investigate the crash site as soon as they can arrive following an aviation accident. You and your attorney can also choose to hire your own private investigators to report information back to you, which can be worth the price if it provides key information that helps your case.

Drawn Out Resolutions

Aviation accidents are not easy to resolve, which can be extremely frustrating for those seriously injured in the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board typically takes control of the plane wreckage to perform their own investigation, and they can keep it from six months to more than a year, or even longer depending on the situation. This means you cannot receive compensation for your losses until the investigation is over. An attorney can help you obtain the evidence necessary to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.

Expert Witnesses

If evidence is difficult to access, your attorney can help you with expert testimony. These people can testify on your behalf to help you build your case before filing it, which is crucial if you don’t have access to the wreckage or crash site. Experts can help uncover discrepancies or irregularities that can make an extremely convincing case for your judge and jury.

If you have been injured in an aviation accident, contact our Houston aviation accident lawyers at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. today. We can help you recover compensation for medical bills, loss of wages and pain and suffering.

Call (713) 621-7944 or contact us online for a free case evaluation.