When faced with a catastrophe such as an airplane crash, the need for recovery takes many shapes. This includes immediate and long-term medical care. But you will also need established legal counsel to take on many tasks.
These include: dealing with hospitals, airline companies, insurance, and funerals.
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The Ehline Law Firm's years of experience speaks for itself. Also, in our home area of the greater LA near the LAX region ELFPI is well known and respected in the legal circles. Were you or a loved one injured in an air crash and need a skilled set of attorneys to manage a case? If so, who better than the Ehline team?
If such a disaster has happened to you or a loved one, there is a real need to make your life whole again. There is more than just the medical to deal with. There could be a tangled web of legal issues that could significantly affect your future.
There are dozens of attorneys in the phone book, but the right one can be elusive. To take on a case like this, only attorneys with specialized experience in aviation law, treaties, and regulations remain suited for your case. Our attorneys have the needed skills. Also, we stand ready to assist.
The Ehline Law Firm is based in Southern California and can help injured victims across the state, including in Santa Monica, Long Beach, and beyond.
We can help in any event, including those such as:
We also work with people involved in both private as commercial helicopter accidents. Also, we assist with both private and commercial helicopter injury claims. Furthermore, we take on:
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air passenger travel will double over the next two decades. So traffic will increase. In fact, so will the risk of an aviation tragedies. Usually, travel by air is the safest means of transportation. But when accidents occur they end up in severe injuries and most fatalities. Smaller, less serious incidents involving private aircraft are becoming more frequent and occur more than to great passenger liners. Most of these “minor” incidents go unreported.
Potentially liable and negligent parties vary depending on the circumstances of the aircraft accident. The owner and operator of the plane could be liable. But so can manufacturers or maintenance suppliers. There are even cases where the federal government can have some responsibility in an aircraft collision. At least once every day there is a safety-related incident or threat reported in the country. And the majority of incidents have gone unreported.
Yes it is true, like cruise ships, aviation accidents often involve the theory of strict liability since they are often common carriers. While pilot error often plays a part in aircraft victims’ claims, it may not be your only avenue of recovery.
For example: What about other issues with the aircraft or its parts that could also contribute to the accident? A claim for liability, strict products could also arise.
So they can be at fault for crashes or injuries the mishap caused under the legal theory of strict products liability, whereas the common carrier is subject to common carrier strict liability. Get it?
Yes! On top of a civil court claim against individuals or entities for causing an aviation injury accident, U.S. and state governments may also pursue criminal prosecution.
Although the charges may vary, most states impose penalties on pilots and parent companies for reckless and intentional conduct that leads to:
Wrongful death actions remain complicated claims. Also, part of the reason is that several parties could have caused these deaths.
So pre-trial settlements are not uncommon in these cases. This is because many liable defendants try to avoid the public outcry of having caused a death. When these settlements do not occur, and a jury awards big bucks, often a reduction of the wrongful death damages gets issued by a judge or jury.
This is called a Remittitur. In this case, the plaintiff’s recovery is reduced and frees that defendant from liability and waives their claim for any contribution from co-defendants.
This leads them to pay no more than their liable share of the bad conduct as found by the jury or a judge. So it always makes sense to settle and take the case away from a hostile court or jury. Get it?
The Department of Transportation (DOT) Aviation Consumer Protection Division Oversees consumer issues related to air travel: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is responsible for ensuring that the manufacture, operation, and maintenance of all aircraft meet minimum safety and other standards and all current regulations. The National Transportation Board (NTSB) is responsible for improving air travel safety. They do so by investigating all accidents and problems related to the aviation industry. Afterward, they recommend any necessary changes.
The Ehline Law Firm's experience in aviation law and claims makes it a vital partner in your recovery. For a free, no pressure consultation, call us today at (213) 596-9642.