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Having a charter plane take you where you want to go is convenient and often luxurious, but small planes are far more dangerous than commercial airliners.
When charter planes are involved in an accident, the consequences can be devastating, resulting in multiple fatalities, major property damage, and serious injuries for any survivors. Victims and their families face unique challenges in seeking justice and compensation, as there may be multiple negligent parties and insurance companies and complicated legal issues involved. At this tragic time, an experienced charter plane crash lawyer can help navigate the maze of laws and obstacles involved in getting a fair settlement that can relieve financial burdens for crash victims and their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured or someone has died in a charter plane crash caused by someone else’s negligence or fault, the skilled and experienced airline accident lawyers at Crain Brogdon, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys know and understand the many laws involved with plane crashes and charter agreements and will handle all legal hurdles, deadlines, and requirements needed to achieve optimum results.
We offer a free consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case and determine the best way to move forward, so call us today.
Why Choose Our Charter Plane Accident Lawyers
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Not every attorney is equipped to handle complicated charter plane accidents. It’s important to find one who knows aviation law and has the skills, experience, and resources to go up against charter plane owners and their insurance companies. Here are some reasons why we feel you should choose Crain Brogdon, LLP:
- We are experienced. Our personal injury lawyers have been helping clients since 2001 and have over 125 years of combined experience. Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience in the field of personal injury trial law and is board certified.
- We win big. The legal team at Crain Brogdon LLP has won more than $355 million in settlements for our clients, including a $142,000,000 net settlement in a fatal child care negligence case.
- We know how to investigate. We can work with aviation experts to investigate the accident thoroughly, gather evidence, and determine liability. We also can review charter agreements to assess the terms and conditions that may impact liability and compensation.
- We know how to negotiate. We handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies and other lawyers in an attempt to settle your case out of court if possible, but we are always prepared to take it to trial.
- We are nationally recognized and respected. Our attorneys have received multiple honors and awards and often provide national media analysis and train other attorneys. Attorney Robert Crain has been included in lists such as U.S. News’ Best Lawyers in America, and Quentin Brogdon has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating.
- We develop a personal relationship with our clients. You can read testimonials from satisfied clients that prove it.
- We provide free, no-obligation consultations. Your consultation is free and we work on a contingency basis, so there are no upfront fees to you.
How Our Charter Plane Accident Attorneys Work for You
After a charter plane accident, it is important to start investigating your case as soon as possible to prevent evidence from being destroyed and witnesses from disappearing. When you have our charter plane attorneys on your side, we get to work immediately. We will:
- Meet with you to discuss how the plane crash happened, who the responsible parties may be, and determine how much your case should be worth.
- Investigate the crash and gather evidence. In the United States, aviation accidents are primarily governed and investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Our attorneys will look for evidence including radar information, air traffic control recordings, administrative and maintenance records of the plane, pilot logbooks, and FAA or NTSB incident reports. In addition, we will interview witnesses and first responders to get all available information.
- Examine relevant laws and agreements. Charter planes are subject to different standards and oversight than commercial airlines and owners may be held liable if in violation. In the United States, charter operations often fall under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), which outlines specific rules and requirements relating to equipment, facilities, personnel, manuals and programs. In addition, there are contractual relationships between the charter operator and the passengers, which may be relevant in helping determine liability.
- Hire experts to reconstruct the accident and testify as to all parties who might have been at fault, specialists in aircraft design and operation, and experts to estimate damages from the crash, the physical and psychological effects on victims and families, and the expected costs and care needed into the future.
- Negotiate with insurance companies and their attorneys for a fair settlement on your behalf.
- Build your case and present it in front of a judge or jury if your case goes to trial.
- Handle any appeals.
Charter Plane Crash Attorneys Establish Liability
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To win your case, the plaintiff must establish liability by the preponderance of the evidence by showing that another party, the defendant, was negligent and at fault for causing the accident. Establishing a defendant’s liability legally typically requires proof of four elements:
- Duty: A duty of care was owed to not cause harm.
- Breach: The defendant breached this duty by an act or omission.
- Cause: The breach was the proximate or main cause of the accident.
- Damages: You suffered real losses, such as physical injuries or a loved one’s wrongful death as a result.
Determining liability requires identifying the cause of the private plane crash, as well as the party or parties that were negligent and caused the accident. In many cases, there may be multiple reasons for the crash and multiple liable parties. These may include:
- A pilot or co-pilot who committed errors in navigation or flight control
- Aircraft manufacturers or designers, if the plane was defective or had an inherent design flaw
- A maintenance team that failed to properly inspect or service the plane
- The plane owner or charter operator who violated safety regulations
- The government for the failures of air traffic controllers, FAA officials, or regulatory authorities.
Our legal team will seek to identify all liable parties, as they all may have assets and insurance that can go toward a settlement.
Damages You May Recover in a Charter Plane Accident
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In a successful lawsuit, our charter plane attorneys may recover a settlement that pays for the significant losses and expenses related to the accident. These are called damages and cover both your economic or monetary losses and your noneconomic damages that do not have a specific dollar value but negatively impact your life. These may include:
- Medical, therapy, and rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages and future income from being unable to work
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium and enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death benefits.
Because of the extreme damages resulting from plane crashes, judgment amounts may reach the millions of dollars. The amount you may receive depends on the individual circumstances of the case and factors that include the extent and permanence of the injuries, the degree of fault, and whether a wrongful death was involved. The skill and negotiating ability of your attorney also plays a role.
Get Help After a Charter Plane Crash
At Crain Brogdon LLP, our experienced charter plane lawyers know the most common causes of crashes, how to investigate and identify them, who to hold accountable, and how to stand up to insurance companies to win fair compensation. We will handle all investigations, negotiations, communications, and court procedures associated with your case, and fight for the best settlement possible.
Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients and are prepared to get to work for you. There are no fees unless and until we win your case, so call us today at 214-522-9404 to schedule a free consultation.
Attorney Quentin Brogdon
Quentin Brogdon has over thirty years of experience and expertise in the field of personal injury trial law. He is board certified in both personal injury trial law and civil trial advocacy. Quentin has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating. This rating reflects an attorney’s ethics and abilities according to reviews from fellow attorneys. [ Attorney Bio ]