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Aviation

Aviation Charges

Wrongful Death Claims

When a loved one or family friend dies as a result of an indecent involving an airplane, helicopter, seaplane, or jet plane, either privately owned and operated or operated by an airline or business “for hire” company, like an air taxi or a charter flight company. Someone may attempt to hold you accountable for their loss.

This can occur if:
  • A person is killed in a midair collision.
  • A person is killed because an airplane or helicopter crashed.
  • A person who is not inside of an airplane or helicopter is killed because the airplane or helicopter crashed onto them, their automobile, or house.
Potential outcomes may include:
  • The payment of damages, both compensatory and punitive, to make the victim’s family members whole.
  • Insurance settlements prior to the filing of a lawsuit, depositions of the negligent or reckless party causing the loss, review of maintenance record and training reports, the filing of civil lawsuits in state of federal court.
  • Settlement before trial, the pursuit of civil claims before a jury trial.

Negligence Damage Claims

The unreasonable loss of property, like luggage, when flying on a commercial airplane, jet plane, helicopter, seaplane, or airliner. Other examples may include the death of animals entrusted to passenger airlines for transport or the loss of cargo which was given for the airline to ship.

Examples of this could be:
  • A person is required to check their musical instrument in oversized baggage and pays a fee to the airline to ship it to their destination. The item either gets lost and never arrives or is damaged.
  • A person is required to place their family dog in to a luggage hold and the dog dies while in their possession.
Potential outcomes may include:
  • The payment of damages, both compensatory and punitive, to make the victim whole.
  • Insurance settlements prior to the filing of a lawsuit, depositions of the negligent or reckless party causing the loss, review of maintenance record and training reports, the filing of civil lawsuits in state of federal court.
  • Settlement before trial, the pursuit of civil claims before a jury trial.

Aircraft Passenger Injury Claims

Represents those who are killed or injured or their families in airplane, helicopter, or airline incidents by investigating claims and holding the perpetrators accountable.

An example of this would be:
  • It was Christmas and a grandmother, and her two grandchildren were catching a ride with the grandmother’s friend in a private airplane. The weather that night between Seattle and the Olympic was sketchy, but it didn’t stop the green, inexperienced pilot from scrubbing the flight. About sixty miles northwest of Boeing Field, the wreckage was found with all four souls aboard perished. We represented the families of the grandmother and the two children and were able to ensure that they receive adequate compensation for their loss.
Potential outcomes may include:
  • The payment of damages, both compensatory and punitive, to make the victim whole.
  • Insurance settlements prior to the filing of a lawsuit, depositions of the negligent or reckless party causing the loss, review of maintenance record and training reports, the filing of civil lawsuits in state of federal court.
  • Settlement before trial, the pursuit of civil claims before a jury trial.

FAA Violations & License Suspensions

When good pilots make a mistake, the FAA is there to point out the mistake and prosecute the pilot. We are pilot’s and mechanic’s first line of defense when the FAA darkens your door.

Examples of this could be:
  • Flying into hazardous weather.
  • Violate airspace rules or restrictions, runway or taxiway incursions.
  • Have temporary flight restriction violations.
  • Falsify Log books, medical applications.
  • Flying without a license.
  • Flying under the influence.
License Suspensions Support:
  • Assistance with getting licensed when the applicant has prior criminal convictions.
  • Representation of pilots facing suspension for drug or alcohol use, positive drug tests.
  • Assistance with denials of ratings or qualifications.

Navigating the FAA for our aviation clients:

  • Representation of the client before the FAA Flight Standards District Offices in any state or region of the United States.
  • Appearance at an FAA Regional Legal Office for an informal settlement conference.
  • Preparation of a written response to an FAA investigation, preparation of a respondent or a witness to provide written or oral testimony to the FAA or NTSB.
  • Defending airmen in an NTSB action or appeal, pre-emptive education, advice, training and information on how to avoid FAA violations.