Aircraft accidents are less common that car crashes, but they can happen to anyone that travels by air.
Any plane crash is horrific for the passengers involved, and whether you, or your loved one, was traveling by commercial airline or private plane, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Who was responsible?
Your pilot passed out and the plane crashed, but the pilot may not be the only party responsible for your damages. Did the pilot work for an airline or some other company? Was the pilot flying too many hours without sleep? Was the pilot properly certified for the type of aircraft? Was the pilot’s license and medical certification current? What authority was responsible for verifying the pilot’s health and qualifications? Was there a mechanical problem with the plane that caused the pilot to pass out?
An experienced attorney will investigate all possibilities of liability related to the crash, determine the laws that apply, and which courts have jurisdiction.
How will I be compensated?
All pilots and airplane owners should have insurance, but one, or more, of the insurance companies may be reluctant to accept liability.
Alternately, an insurance company may try to pay you, or your family, off quickly after the crash, before you have an attorney to represent your best interests. If you sign papers to accept a quick settlement, you may be signing away your rights to pursue compensation for the full extent of your losses.
If you were traveling for work, or in a company plane, there may be worker’s compensation benefits available to you.
Your immediate medical treatment and rehabilitative needs may be covered by private medical insurance, or Medicare coverage, that will have to be repaid as part of the settlement.
Can I afford an attorney?
Settlements involving multiple insurance carriers and different types of insurance can be complicated and should be handled by an experienced attorney. In some cases, your attorney may also negotiate a reduction of medical liens on your behalf, as part of the final settlement.
Your attorney will be paid on a contingency basis. In other words, your attorney fees and costs will come out of your total settlement. You do not have to pay out of pocket to be represented by a qualified, experienced attorney. Contact Bryan Caulfield today to get started on your case!