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Aviation Accident Litigation

Aviation Accident Litigation

When aviation accidents occur, the results often involve catastrophic loss of life or personal injury. Nolan Law Group, a Chicago-based aviation law firm, represents aviation accident victims and their loved ones around the world.

Those injured in airplane accidents resulting from negligence may be entitled to receive compensation for their pain and suffering — as well as payment for medical expenses and lost wages. When loss of life occurs in an aviation accident, the victims’ loved ones may be able to recover financial support and damages for their loss.

When you choose to work with an aviation accident lawyer at Nolan Law Group, you will have the dedicated representation you deserve, with experience you can trust. Our aviation accident attorneys have successfully represented clients in almost every major air disaster in recent history. Our reputation for results spans the globe as we are active in nearly every part of the world obtaining justice for our clients.

Dedicated Representation for Aviation Accidents Large and Small

The experienced airplane accident attorneys at Nolan Law Group are adept at handling all types of accidents involving aircrafts, including:

Commercial plane crashes
Small private plane accidents
Corporate and business aircraft incidents
Air cargo accidents
Military plane crashes
Helicopter accidents
International aviation incidents
Airport accidents

It is important to understand that each aviation disaster is caused by a unique set of circumstances and factors. With more than two decades of experience navigating this complex and volatile area of aircraft accident litigation, every plane crash lawyer at works tirelessly to understand his or her cases’ unique aspects and issues — including jurisdiction, venue, conflicts of law and — most importantly — the needs of the victims and families.

Our Aviation Case Record Speaks for Itself

Nolan Law Group’s aviation accident attorneys are highly knowledgeable in the language, processes and inner workings of the federal and international agencies responsible for investigating air disasters and regulating air carriers. Our experience in negotiating this complex set of rules and laws that govern the airline industry gives Nolan Law Group a tremendous advantage when preparing clients’ cases for trial. It is our complete understanding of this vast and ever-changing industry that allows our aviation lawyers to achieve such amazing results.

In just three of our most recent cases involving aircraft accidents, Nolan Law Group has obtained more than $150 million in verdicts and settlements. We are extremely proud of the results that we obtain for our clients and know that our work helps make the skies safer for everyone.
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Nolan Law Group Has the Aviation Litigation Experience You Need and the Compassion You Deserve

Airplane accidents can be devastating, leaving injured persons or the loved ones of deceased victims struggling both emotionally and financially. Working with an airplane accident lawyer who will fight for your rights can help protect your interests. Because of the complexities that can come with air travel litigation, it’s important to work with an attorney and firm well-versed in aviation accident cases.

Choosing to work with an airplane accident attorney at Nolan Law Group means you’re getting the skills and resources of our nationally and internationally recognized litigation team. We are committed to pursuing justice for victims of aviation accidents and their loved ones. We also understand the emotional toll that an airplane crash can bring and will work closely with you to help you through this difficult period in your life.

What legal rights do I have after an aviation accident?

You may be able to file an aviation lawsuit to recover monetary damages if you or a loved one were injured in an aviation accident, or if a loved on died in an aircraft crash.

Who is responsible in an aircraft crash lawsuit?

Aircraft crash investigations are complex, and it can be difficult to determine which parties contributed to the incident. Some parties that may be legally responsible in an airplane crash include:

  • The pilot(s)
  • The airline(s)
  • The aircraft owner(s)
  • The aircraft manufacturer
  • The aircraft parts manufacturer(s)
  • The aircraft maintenance provider(s)
  • The airport operator(s)
  • Government agencies

Other parties may be investigated, too, depending on the circumstances of the case.

Who can file a lawsuit after an airplane crash or helicopter crash?

Each case is unique, but the parties who most often have a right to bring a lawsuit in an aviation accident include:

  • A person injured in the accident
  • The spouse of someone injured in the accident
  • The legal guardian of the person injured in the accident
  • The estate of a person killed in the accident
  • The next of kin of a person killed in the accident
  • People who experience emotional harm due to the accident.

Our qualified aviation attorneys can review your case and advise you of your legal rights following an aviation incident. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.

Do I have to be injured to file an aviation lawsuit?

No. There are numerous scenarios for filing a claim, including:

  • The spouse of a person who is injured in an aviation accident may file a claim to compensation for the loss of support, services and other benefits that married couples provide to each other.
  • The spouse and children may file a wrongful death case arising from an airplane accident in most states. In some cases, the deceased person’s parents or siblings may sue.

Our attorneys specialize in airplane accident lawsuits and can help you determine if you have a claim. Please contact us today for a consultation.

What types of monetary compensation are available if I’ve been injured in an aviation accident?

Generally, the types of compensation most commonly received in aviation injury lawsuits or aviation wrongful death lawsuits include:

  • Past and future medical expenses due to injuries
  • Past and future lost earnings due to injuries
  • Past and future pain and suffering due to injuries
  • Past and future disability or disfigurement
  • Funeral expenses in a wrongful death case
  • Pain and suffering in a wrongful death case
  • Other noneconomic losses in a wrongful death case

The compensation available will vary based on circumstances and jurisdiction. One of the aviation lawyers at Nolan Law Group in Chicago can explain what types of damages you may be eligible for and the best strategies to maximize your compensation. Schedule a conversation with one of our attorneys.

How much money will I get for my lawsuit?

In most jurisdictions, if the defendants are found liable, you are entitled to a judgment that fully compensates you for your financial loss. For other elements of harm, jurisdictions differ on what you are entitled to. If you suffered a personal injury, the defendant is responsible for paying for your medical care — both past and future — past and future lost earnings, and an amount to compensate you for pain and suffering. Your spouse also might be entitled to an award referred to as loss of consortium.

If a loved one died, the recovery usually starts with the amount of economic support and services that you lost. In many jurisdictions, additional amounts, such as the loss of prospective inheritance, loss of companionship, pain and suffering, grief, mental anguish and emotional distress damages may be available. If the conduct that caused the accident was egregious, in some jurisdictions, you may also be entitled to an award of punitive damages, but some jurisdictions do not allow this and punitive damages are not currently available against airlines for accidents on international flights governed by the Montreal Convention.

Do I have to hire an aviation attorney immediately after a crash?

No. You should never let an attorney pressure you to make an immediate decision. Seeking treatment for injuries suffered during the incident or grieving the loss of loved ones should be your immediate priorities.

However, bear in mind that a statute of limitations may exist, and can vary from state to state or country to country. It is important to seek the advice of an aviation lawyer to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines for filing an aviation lawsuit.

Can I file an aviation lawsuit against the government?

Yes. Since government entities provide weather and air traffic control services to pilots, airlines and airports, it may be possible to file an aviation crash lawsuit against government entities. Our aviation lawyers can help you determine whether government negligence may have played a role in your accident.

What role do they FAA and NTSB in an airplane crash lawsuit?

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are key players in the investigation of aircraft accidents.

  • The NTSB is a government investigation agency that has an investigatory role in any accident involving mass transportation. The NTSB determine the “probable cause” of an aircraft crash. The NTSB also has a central role in improving air travel safety.
  • The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates aviation and operates the nation’s air traffic control system. In many air disasters, violations of FAA regulations were a factor.

Our aviation legal team routinely works with aircraft accident victims and their families. We’ll help you understand how these agencies and their findings might shape your case.

Should airplane crash victims or their families discuss settlement with the airline or its insurance company?

We strongly recommend hiring an aviation attorney to represent you before speaking directly with airlines or their insurers.

If an airline’s insurance professional calls you, we suggest you inform him or her that your family is represented or intends to hire an attorney. Let them know you will not be answering any questions or speaking with them further and that your attorney will make contact for them. You can ask for their contact information.

The moments immediately after an air disaster can be traumatic. You or your loved ones may be experiencing shock, grief, and loss. This is a vulnerable time. While you or your loved ones probably have no experience with aviation disasters or legal matters, airlines and their insurers do. They have highly trained professionals whose job is to look out for their interests. Speaking with these parties directly without an experienced aviation accident attorney in your corner could put your legal rights in jeopardy.

Often, victims of an airplane accident will settle because they fear incurring unaffordable legal costs. In reality, an aviation lawyer is usually paid a percentage of what is recovered, rather than being paid directly by a client.

While it may be tempting to avoid litigation by settling a legal claim quickly, such an approach can lead to considerable harm for you and your loved ones.

Contact us to speak with one of our aviation accident attorneys.

Are there a statute of limitations on an airplane crash lawsuit?

There are time limits for bringing an airplane injury lawsuit. The time limit varies depending on several factors affect, so it’s important to speak with an experienced aviation attorney as soon as possible after an injury or crash.

How long does an aviation lawsuit take?

Airplane and helicopter crash investigations can take month to conclude. There are often one or more agencies involved in an aviation investigation. Sorting through evidence to determine a cause of the crash can be tedious, time-consuming work.

In some instances, an aviation lawsuit is settled before it is filed or shortly after it is filed. If a settlement can’t be reached and your case goes to trial, it may take several months or even years for your case to be resolved. While a lengthy trial can seem like a fresh burden to bear, our attorneys believe strongly in fighting for victims and working to ensure justice is served.

What happens during an aviation lawsuit?

One of the most important aspects of an aviation accident lawsuit is the investigation. An experienced aviation attorney from Nolan Law Group will conduct a thorough investigation, gather evidence, and perform research for your case.

During an aviation lawsuit, you may need to provide deposition testimony. Our attorneys will help you understand and prepare for the deposition process.

If there is a settlement, your attorney will advise you during the discussions. It is normal for settlement discussions to take place while the case is underway. If a case is not settled before trial, you will likely need to testify at the trial. Our experienced attorneys will walk you through that process and work with you to feel comfortable about trial process.

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How do I review a lawyer’s qualifications to know if I’ve hired the best aviation attorney?

A. Before you hire an aviation accident lawyer, you should carefully review the law firm’s experience with cases similar to yours. Evaluate the law firm and the firm’s attorneys, as well as any individuals who will be working on your case. You want to be sure your case will be handled by legal professionals with experience in aviation lawsuits.

The best aviation accident law firms have a strong network of experts who may serve as witnesses in your case, including pilots, meteorologists, air traffic controllers, aeronautical engineers, and safety professionals. Ask the firms you speak with about the individuals who may be involved with your case.

What are the costs of hiring an aviation attorney?

In personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, such as an aviation accident case, the attorney’s fee is typically paid as a percentage of the amount of money recovered in a lawsuit or settlement. This is known as a content legal fee. The percentage may vary. If there is no financial recovery, no fee is paid to the attorneys in a contingent fee agreement.

The law firm may also incur out-of-pocket expenses that are eligible for reimbursement. This is advantageous to the client, since most individuals do not have the financial means to pay for out-of-pocket expenses as they come up. Out-of-pocket expenses are typically reimbursed at the conclusion of the case, but sometimes before.

Is there a fee for Nolan Law Group to assess my aviation injury case?

No. We do not charge to review your case and determine if there is a cause for legal action. Please contact us for a free consultation.

Does Nolan Law Group handle only commercial aviation claims?

No. In addition to extensive experience with commercial air disaster litigation, our aviation attorneys are well-qualified and experienced in general aviation cases involving helicopters, business jets, turbine-powered aircraft and piston-powered aircraft.

Does Nolan Law Group handle aviation accident lawsuits outside the United States?

You may be able to file an aviation lawsuit in the United States if you or a loved one was traveling on an international flight at the time of the incident – even if the accident occurred over international waters or in international airspace. If we are unable to handle your case, we can refer you to one of the aviation law attorneys in our network.

To learn more and to schedule a free review of your case, contact us today.

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