Chicago Airplane and Aviation Accident Attorneys
Airplane and Aviation Accident Lawyer Illinois
What Should I do if I am in an Airplane/Aviation Accident?
Aviation cases involve complex litigation that requires an experienced legal team comprised of airplane accident attorneys. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates strive to hold those responsible whose actions endanger the safety of the public. Factors that may be held accountable for threatening the safety of the public include:
- Pilot negligence
- Airline liability
- Manufacturer liability and negligence
- Government liability
What is the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act?
The Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996 is a federal law that mandates the procedural guidelines airlines and other government agencies are required to follow after a major airplane accident. They are required in addition to a number of other actions to organize support services for the families, such as counseling, communication, and briefings. Do not misread these as the airline liability as they are required to do these by federal law.
Following an airplane accident, consult with a law firm about the next steps to take. If an aviation law team decides there is a case to move forward with they will investigate your case. The case starts with an investigation of the scene of the accident. Most likely, an expert consultant in the aviation industry will be hired to help with the lawsuit. It is important to consult with an attorney early on, as access is limited to the accident scene. Generally the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has custody of the plane wreckage and will hold it anywhere from 6 to 18 months. In most states, the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit is two years, leaving little time to investigate this wreckage. The law team will then hire experts in accident reconstruction to better understand the evidence from the crash site. Finally, the law team will put together a group of expert witnesses that understand the specific issues pertaining to the aircraft and cause of the accident. These witnesses have a broad background of knowledge in the aviation industry, including:
- Electrical systems
- Plane conditions
- Pilot systems
- Flight systems
US Aviation and Airplane Accident Attorneys
Whether it is a major commercial airline crash, small airplane crash, or helicopter crash the airplane accident attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates can handle the multifaceted difficulties in these investigations that arise when determining the cause of a plane crash. They work on behalf of the passengers and crew members involved in commercial airline litigation, as well as private aircraft, helicopter, and corporate aircraft litigation to provide fair and just results for all those involved.
We invite you for a free telephone or in person consultation to discuss your accident and any questions you may have. Even if you do not wish to retain an attorney, we can set you on the right path for free. Most of our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and we have an outstanding track record in helping our clients and creating a strong trust relationship, as you can see in our Success Record. Please call our Chicago office at (312) 372-8822, or our Joliet office at (815) 723-8822, or you can call our toll free number at (800)-985-1819.