Aviation and Airplane Accident Attorneys in New Orleans, LA
Air travel is considered by most to be a safer means of transportation than automobile travel. However, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), air traffic is expected to double over the next 20 years. This increase will undoubtedly raise the risk and frequency of aviation / aircraft accidents.
Luckily, less serious, non-fatal accidents involving private aircrafts are more frequent than the catastrophic crashes or explosions. However, when fatal air accidents do occur, they devastate the families of pilots, crews, and passengers alike. These families require the best personal injury legal help available to identify and hold the proper parties responsible. The Voorhies Law Firm is here to provide much needed legal help for clients involved in plane accidents or plane crashes.
Experience Matters: Aviation Law Regarding Airplane Accidents is Complex
Aviation litigation is extremely complex. Many different theories of legal liability exist under state, federal, and international law. Multiple defendants and at-fault parties are usually involved in a single airline / airplane crash.
In addition, in most cases, several options can exist for trial venues. In order to hold a party responsible for an airplane accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to meet the legal standard of operating the aircraft. This can be related to engineering, maintenance, or other operational issues or standards. To successfully resolve these and other legal issues associated with an air accident, contact an experienced aviation attorney at Voorhies Law.
For the last decade, the lawyers at Voorhies Law Firm have been dedicated to helping victims of personal injury get the justice and compensation they deserve. Our law firm knows aviation law and we know how to fight for you.
Causes of Airplane Crashes
Pilots fly many times each week and although the airlines take as many precautions as possible, mistakes can have serious repercussions. Every year, some people who fly are injured and even killed in an airplane accident. According to the NTSB, over 1,500 aviation accidents occurred in 2016. Each year, as more and more people travel, that number only increases. The causes of aviation accidents can be wide ranging, but some common causes of both major carrier accidents and general aviation accidents include:
- Pilot error or mistake
- Faulty airplane equipment or maintenance
- Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations
- Structural or design defects or problems
- Negligence of Flight Service Station employees
- Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers
- Negligence in a third party's selection of a carrier
Aviation accident law covers major air carrier as well as general aviation accidents. General aviation includes:
- All non-commercial aircraft
- Offshore helicopters
- Air ambulance helicopter & airplanes
- Small airplanes
- Small and large personal and business jets
- Charter flights
- Pleasure or tour planes or helicopters
Protections for Airline Passengers
In the United States, two government agencies regulate air travel and investigate every commercial and general aviation accident:
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB): The NTSB is in charge of investigating every civil aircraft accident and recommending safety standards to prevent future accidents.
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA): The FAA sets legal safety standards for pilot conduct, flight operations, and aircraft manufacturers. It enforces FAA regulations through civil, and sometime criminal, penalties.
Personal Injury Claims for Airplane, Airline Accidents and other Aviation Type Crashes
While the circumstances of different airplane crashes and other aviation accidents vary, claims for personal injury or death resulting from an airplane or other aviation accident are generally brought under legal theories of negligence, products liability, or some combination of the two. In addition, because air travel is regulated by two federal agencies within the United States and other local governmental agencies outside of the U.S., these rules and regulations may impact a personal injury claim or the standard of care legally owed to the victim of an aviation accident.
Pilots, aircraft owners, common carriers, airline maintenance providers, and major airlines are among those subject to claims whenever an aviation accident occurs. In addition, product liability claims may be made against manufacturers and sellers of defective aircraft and other aviation products.
Operators are held to a high standard of care. If carelessness or recklessness can be proven, then the owner will be held liable for the damages suffered by injured parties, including passengers, people on the ground, and even the pilot(s) and crew. Laws on the books pertaining to monetary compensation are different in each state and can yield dramatically different results in an airplane crash case. Having a tRopsberyed, experienced aviation accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
Receiving Compensation for your Aircraft Injury or Accident
Typically, several categories exist for recoverable damages. Some of these include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Past and future pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium (available to married couples only)
- Punitive damages
Jurisdictions will differ as to what damages may be recovered and what proof is required for each category. Some states also impose "caps" (having changed tort law under the duplicitous, pro-corporate/anti-citizen banner of “tort reform”) on certain categories of damages, thereby limiting a potential recovery.
We Serve All Parishes Throughout Louisiana, Including New Orleans
No matter which Louisiana parish you live in, our personal injury lawyers can help you with your legal needs when it comes to complex aviation law.
Our firm serves all of Louisiana, including the following parishes:
- Baton Rouge
- New Iberia
- Morgan City
- Port Allen
The tRopsberyed team of experienced aviation attorneys at the Voorhies Law Firm can identify the best jurisdiction and present a victim’s damages in order to ensure just and fair compensation for injuries sustained through aviation accidents and airline disasters.