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Legal Options After Aviation Accidents

When an injury occurs because of an accident that could have been prevented, the victim may seek compensation for his or her resulting damages through a personal injury claim. This is true regardless of the type of accident that occurred, whether it was a car accident, a dog bite, a fall, a bicycle accident or an act of medical malpractice. In any of these cases, the negligent party whose actions or lack of actions caused the accident may be liable for the victim’s damages.

When an injury occurs in an aviation accident, the victim can seek compensation from the negligent party that may be an airline, an airport, a pilot or another party somehow involved in the operation of an airplane. Green Bay is served by the Austin Straubel International Airport. If you are injured here because of an act of negligence, consider filing a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your damages.

Injuries In Personal Aircraft And Commercial Aircraft

You can be injured in a commercial airplane or airport or in a personal aircraft. All aircraft are required to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration’s safety regulations. Failure to comply with these or failure to take necessary care to prevent injuries can result in injuries. A few examples of negligence that can result in an aviation injury include:

  • Equipment malfunctions that the owner or operator of the aircraft knew about and failed to address
  • Pilot error
  • Fueling errors
  • Poor aircraft maintenance
  • Negligence on the part of the air traffic controllers
  • Negligence on the part of Flight Service Station employees
  • Negligence on the part of a third party’s carrier

Seeking Compensation For Your Damages

Like other types of personal injury claim, your aviation claim needs a sufficient body of evidence to demonstrate the following:

  • An accident occurred because another party breached their duty of care to protect you and others from harm
  • Because of that accident, you were injured
  • Your injury caused you to suffer specific financial damages, such as high medical bills and lost wages

Your claim may cite specific violations of FAA code as the cause of your accident. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is the federal agency charged with investigating all civil claims of aviation accidents in the United States. It also creates safety recommendations, maintains the federal government’s database of aviation accidents, and conducts studies to aid in the development of new safety regulations.

Work With An Experienced Lawyer

If you have been injured in any type of aviation accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about your rights as an injured victim and how you can seek the compensation you deserve for your damages, contact our team of personal injury attorneys in Appleton, Wisconsin, at Hammett, Bellin & Oswald, LLC. Contact our team online or call 920-202-8872.