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How to File a Wrongful Death Suit for Airplane Accidents

March 2, 2017 · FLEMING | NOLEN | JEZ, L.L.P.

Airplanes are somewhat safer than passenger cars, but not by much. Passenger plane accidents can be deadly and are much more common than commercial plane flights. Pilots are subject to the same flaws and distractions as the average passenger car driver, and they have the increased threat of weather problems to deal with. What’s worse is if the pilot could have prevented the accident with more care. Negligence when piloting a plane can have deadly consequences. If you lost a loved one as the result of negligence during an airplane accident, you should know how to take legal action to acquire compensation for the incident.

By seeking a wrongful death suit, you may be worried about what people might think. However, wrongful death suits compensation is sometimes used to help pay for the cost of funeral expenses, which can be steep. Likewise, if you need to take a few days off of work to mourn, the money you acquire from the suit can help you pay for lost wages until you’re ready to return.

A wrongful death suit is a death caused wholly or in part by the willful or negligent act or omission of a person or persons. This means if someone intentionally or negligently caused the death of your loved one, you can hold them responsible through the wrongful death suit.

If you are an immediate family member, such as a parent, spouse, or child, you can file a wrongful death suit. More distant relatives are not always able to file such a claim, despite the closeness they shared with their loved one. However, if your case goes to court, a good attorney might be able to help argue your case.

In order to file a wrongful death suit, you must also be able to prove the defendant acted negligently or in an intentionally harmful way. You must also prove you have been negatively affected and will have issues in the future as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence.

If you live in Texas, make sure to file your claim before two years have passed. This statute of limitations can prevent you from seeking compensation after this amount of time. In order to begin a suit, the best thing to do is to contact a skilled lawyer. He or she will know how to start your case, starting with getting the details of your situation in a free consultation. He or she can then help you file the correct paperwork and serve the person or persons responsible with the suit.

If you’re ready to begin a suit, contact one of our skilled aviation accident attorneys at Fleming | Nolen | Jez, L.L.P. Our experienced lawyers have been helping people receive compensation for the wrong done to them and their families since 1981. The team here is entirely committed to our philosophy of genuine client service, and we are proud of our ability to represent our clients with compassion, consistency, and success. We also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we don’t get paid unless we can get you compensation through negotiation or in court. Let us see how we can help you.

Contact us at (713) 621-7944 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation today.