Every year, hundreds of small airplanes and personal aircrafts crash, leaving pilots, passengers, and their families devastated by life-altering injuries and death. In fact, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, a staggering 97% of aviation fatalities occur in general aviation, not in commercial flights. ABC News reports that small-plane crashes result in approximately 500 deaths annually.
If you have been injured in an airplane accident, or lost a family member in a crash, you need an experienced injury attorney who is familiar with all the applicable state, federal, and international laws. Lawsuits typically involve many different defendants, including the common carrier, the aircraft’s manufacturer, the pilot, and the plane’s distributor.
Aviation Accident Injury Claims
- FAA investigation challenges
- Ground crew, pilot or air traffic controller error
- Maintenance errors
- Airport injuries
- Unsafe aircraft, product liability
- Debris on runway
- Landing gear problems
- Instrument problems
The attorneys of Kitrick, Lewis & Harris have successfully resolved many large aviation injury and wrongful death cases, including the following:
- ValueJet Flight 592, The Everglades, Miami, Florida
Kitrick, Lewis & Harris negotiated the settlement of two wrongful death suits filed in Dade County, Florida. This involved the Ohio family who lost their parents who were on vacation. At that time these were the largest settlements ever recorded in Franklin County, Ohio.
- Tower Air, Kennedy Airport, New York
The cause of this crash was failure to de-ice before takeoff and pilot error. Kitrick, Lewis & Harris successfully resolved two personal injury cases caused by the crash. In addition, a settlement was reached and probate was approved in New York on behalf of a minor child.
- Beech 95-B55 Plane Crash, Roswell, New Mexico
Kitrick, Lewis & Harris reached a resolution of a wrongful death claim of a passenger for the full limits, for the widow.