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Supporting Airplane Accident Victims And Their Families

It is traumatic enough to be part of an aviation disaster. Unfortunately for some victims and families, the most severe stress begins when they attempt to pursue a personal injury lawsuit to obtain fair compensation for the aircraft accident. One factor that can make an aviation accident case especially challenging is that different laws can apply depending on the location of the crash.

The legal issue of liability can also make these crash cases especially challenging. Different people and organizations can share in the blame for causing the crash, and it requires assistance from the experienced aviation accident lawyers at Raphaelson Levine to piece together what happened to hold the proper parties accountable for it. Call 212-268-3222 for a free consultation.

Blame for causing an aircraft disaster could lie with one or more of the following:

  • Pilot and Crew
  • Air Traffic Controller
  • Flight Attendants
  • Passengers
  • Airplane Owners
  • Airplane Manufacturers

Another thing that makes aviation accidents unique compared to other types of personal injury cases is that a single accident can involve hundreds of victims. When working with a New York aviation accident attorney from our law firm, you might also want to consider the possibility of joining a class-action lawsuit.

As an airplane crash law firm with decades of experience, we will help you weigh each option and pursue the one most likely to provide you with the greatest settlement. Since these lawsuits often last longer than the typical personal injury lawsuit, having a law firm with deep knowledge of aviation law of your side is especially important.

Recently, Raphaelson Levine successfully secured a multi-million dollar lawsuit on behalf of the family of a man killed while onboard an American Airlines flight.

“With witness after witness exhorting this man’s character and work ethic, it didn’t take long for American Airlines to reach a settlement with our firm on behalf of the deceased man’s family.”

Howard Raphaelson, New York Personal Injury Attorney – Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm

Types of Aviation Accidents

Commercial Airline Accidents

Commercial airline accidents are perhaps the most common and the ones that receive the most public attention. Although it’s true that some aircraft accident cases occur due severe weather, the activity of birds, and other events outside of the control of the pilot and crew, most aircraft accident reports blame human error for the crash. This can include such things as pilot inexperience, leakage of fuel, engine failure, and numerous other preventable mistakes.

When any employee of the commercial airline knew or should have known about a potential hazard yet did nothing to fix it, you have a legitimate reason to pursue compensation. After seeking help for your injuries, your best course of action is to meet with an NYC airplane accident lawyer at Raphaelson Levine as soon as possible. 

While the statute of limitations to sue for injuries, lost wages, and other losses in an aviation accident is three years in New York, the law of the state or country where the airline crash happened supersede New York’s law. This is the reason we recommend you act quickly to protect your right to sue.

Air Ambulance Accidents

Air ambulances serve a vital purpose for seriously sick or injured people who may be in a remote location or who are in such dire condition there’s no time to drive to the hospital. At a time when you or a family member are desperately vulnerable and in need of help, it seems unbelievable that you could be the victim of an air ambulance crash. Although the Federal Aviation Administration claims a significant safety increase in air ambulance travel since the 1980s, crashes can and do still happen.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our law firm if you have injuries sustained in an air ambulance.

Charter Plane Accidents

A charter plane organization uses its aircraft fleet to provide taxi service for hire. However, independent pilots can also legally offer charter airplane service. Unfortunately, charter planes often don’t meet the same rigorous safety standards of airlines that provide commercial and international flights.

“Although technically charters follow the same Federal Aviation Administration regulations as other airlines, their crashes rarely make front-page news due to involving significantly fewer victims. Nonetheless, you’re entitled to seek compensation for your injuries as a charter plane passenger.”

Howard Raphaelson, New York Personal Injury Attorney – Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm

International Airline Accidents

A flight is considered international when it originates inside or outside of the United States and crashes in a foreign country. These aviation cases can be especially complex, but you have rights as an international airline crash victim under the Montreal Convention. This international law helps to determine the circumstances in which foreign travelers may sue an airline or other parties that may have contributed to the crash.

Your New York aviation accident attorney from Raphaelson Levine will help you determine which country or region’s laws apply and prepare your case accordingly.

Helicopter Crash Accidents

Common human error such as fatigue and lack of training can lead to a helicopter crash. These serious aviation accidents can also occur when the pilot places too much stress on equipment such as engines, gearboxes, and main rotor heads to run longer than they should. Sadly, surviving a helicopter crash is difficult due to their design. 

Those who do manage to make it out alive after a helicopter crash can experience severe and life-changing injuries such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, or traumatic brain injury. Regardless of how your injury as the passenger in a helicopter occurred, the airplane crash law firm of Raphaelson Levine can help. This is also true if you lost a loved one in a helicopter crash that occurred due to negligence.

Private Plane Accidents

You are more than 200 times as likely to sustain injuries or lose a loved one in a private plane crash than in a commercial plane crash. One reason for this is that pilots of private planes often have little experience compared to commercial pilots. They also fly less frequently and don’t have the same level of emergency back-up as commercial crews. Pilots of private planes also tend to go to more remote or exotic locations, a fact that can severely challenge them if they get lost, run into severe weather, or experience mechanical failure.

“You have the right to expect a safe flight no matter who transports you. Our NYC airplane accident lawyer will explain your options to recover financial compensation during a personal consultation.”

Howard Raphaelson, New York Personal Injury Attorney – Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm

New York Aviation Accident Attorney – Free Consultation

Whether your injuries occurred due to objects striking you from overhead bins, the force of the crash threw you from the airplane, or you experienced some other type of traumatic event, our airplane crash law firm is here for you. We can also assist you with pursuing a medical malpractice or products liability lawsuit if your situation warrants it. 

Our team of aviation lawyers understand that the thought of suing an airline can feel highly intimidating. Most people have no idea where to start since they don’t know how to determine liability or which state or country’s laws apply to their injury case. We spend significant time and resources investigating aviation accidents before suing the appropriate parties on your behalf. Whether through aggressive negotiations or a court trial, we pursue your right for fair compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, property loss, emotional trauma, and much more. 

We invite you to learn more about pursuing an airplane injury case by requesting a free consultation at Raphaelson Levine today 212-268-3222

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