Why You Need an Experienced Attorney for an Aircraft Accident Case
If you or a loved one have been injured in an aircraft accident, it is imperative that you seek out an experienced airplane accident attorney to obtain the compensation that you are due.
When it comes to pursuing compensation for the traumatic and devastating effects of an aviation accident, victims often feel they suffer at the hands of airlines agencies not once, but twice: firstly, from the accident itself, and then again when it comes time to pursue compensation for the damages incurred.
Aircraft injury claims are complicated, convoluted legal battles against aircraft industry giants who have just about every means of ensuring that you don’t receive the settlement you are entitled to at their disposal.
Fortunately, you have the skilled aircraft accident attorneys at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. in Michigan on your side, a team of dedicated top personal injury lawyers with the expertise and experience that you need to pursue your aircraft accident claim.
Aircraft Accident Representation in Michigan
Today, commercial flying is one of the fastest and safest means of travel that exists, and with the laws and regulations that govern the skies that are currently in place, flying is the safest that it has ever been.
You are much more likely to require an auto accident attorney in Michigan than you are an airplane accident attorney, despite (or perhaps, because of) the fact that it is likely you unconcernedly operate your car every single day.
How much more likely? According to the National Safety Council, Americans have a 1 in 114 chance of dying in a car accident. Compare that to your 1 in 9,821 odds of dying in an air and space incident, and the likelihood that you will require the services of an aircraft accident attorney seem to diminish entirely.
However, in spite of these statistics, it is important to remember that, though rare, single airplane accidents often have a much more catastrophic impact than individual car accidents. Commercial airplane accidents tend to be major disasters that result in substantial property damage and hundreds of deaths.
For such catastrophic events, retaining expert legal help to pursue damages as a victim or a family member is essential.
At Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. we believe in representing individuals and family members who have suffered at the hands of negligent major corporations, no matter how rare and difficult their case may be to pursue.
The following is our list of the top four reasons to retain an airplane accident attorney in Michigan and fight for your rights as a victim of aircraft industry negligence.
1. Help determine who is responsible
Because of the many individuals involved and the extreme complexity of modern-day aircraft machinery and operation systems, as well as national and international flight logistics, even the slightest of missteps, miscalculations, or miscommunications can have a devastating impact.
One of the most trying and difficult aspects of pursuing an airline accident case is determining exactly who is responsible for your injuries or the death of a loved one. After all, you cannot sue for damages if you do not identify the primary cause of the crash and the individual, airline, charter, or other who was at fault.
While in some cases the party at fault may be obvious, in others, this can be a significantly more difficult aspect to identify. This is because the successful and safe operation of an aircraft depends on various factors and individuals who have been trained to uphold the safety of those onboard.
Liable parties can include:
Airline or charter company
The airline or charter company that you booked your flight with may be found liable for various reasons. This includes a failure to provide sufficient training and supervision of employees, as well as employee negligence.
Maintenance and ground crews
Airplanes accidents can be caused by many factors, and one of those factors is improper aircraft maintenance.
Though modern-day aircraft are designed to stay in the air despite all odds, they must still be carefully and properly maintained and checked to operate. Maintenance and ground crews can make potentially devastating mistakes when it comes to preparing an aircraft for flight.
Pilots and flight crews
Just as you would hire a medical malpractice attorney to help you prove that a physician acted in a negligent manner, an aircraft accident attorney works to prove that a pilot or member of an attending flights crew acted in a manner that was incompetent and did not meet the standard of service that is required of them by law.
This can include procuring the evidence necessary to prove that the pilot or flight crew involved in the accident was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or that they lacked the experience needed to occupy their post.
Air traffic control
Air traffic control personnel are trained to expertly guide and direct aircraft according to safety and efficiency standards. This includes managing aircraft flow both into and out of airport airspaces, guiding pilots during the critical points of flight, such as takeoff and landing, and adequately monitoring an aircraft’s path throughout the flight.
Unfortunately, if an air traffic controller makes a preventable mistake during his or her shift, it can easily result in an aviation accident. Prosecutable offenses include working while under the influence of drugs or alcohol and failing to recognize potential threats to an aircraft’s flight path.
Many do not realize that the manufacturer of the aircraft in question can also be responsible for the cause of an accident in cases where they knowingly provided faulty equipment and defective parts that do not meet industry safety standards.
In certain cases, more than one of the above parties may be responsible for an aviation incident.
The team of personal injury lawyers at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates has the experience, and the resources to help you determine who is responsible for your injuries in an aircraft accident claim. Our legal experts oversee an investigation to get to the bottom of the cause of your accident and find the party that may be at fault.
2. Keep you informed concerning which types of compensation can be obtained for airline injuries and fatalities
The second crucial step in pursuing an aviation accident claim that your aviation attorney can help streamline is to determine what type of compensation is due. Just as the cause of an airplane incident can vary greatly, so too can the type of compensation that is owed.
If you have suffered a personal and debilitating injury during an aviation accident, Cochran, Kroll, & Associates will thoroughly evaluate your eligibility for various types of compensation, including:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
In cases of wrongful death, a victim’s family members may be eligible for other types of compensation in addition to those listed above, including:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of partner income
- Loss of companionship
At Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. our aviation attorneys work to build a bulletproof case and advocate on your behalf to help you achieve the settlement that you deserve.
We thoroughly record and document all damages you may have suffered as a result of the accident. This includes working to obtain affidavits from various doctors and healthcare providers that prove the extent of the damage that was suffered, as well as the cause of those damages, and the continual resources that will be required to manage those injuries.
The medical expertise and experience required to undertake this type of work and determine a compensation sum is substantial. It is both challenging and critical, as correctly pinpointing the compensation due is an integral part of arguing your eligibility and presenting yourself advantageously in court.
3. Direct your airline accident investigation
In most cases of aircraft incident in the United States, it falls to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate and determine the main and subsidiary causal elements of an accident, how and whether those issues might have been avoided, and how to prevent further such accidents from occurring.
Immediately following an incident, the NTSB will typically deploy a special task force – called a “Go Team” – to the scene. The team works to investigate all aspects of the accident, including the following core elements:
- Operations – investigating both the history of the flight and the specific duties of crewmembers involved.
- Structures – documenting the damage that was sustained by the aircraft and taking note of scene details that indicate he pre-impact course of the aircraft.
- Power systems – inspecting the engines, propellers, and other accessories of the aircraft for possible malfunction or defect.
- General systems – includes inspection of the aircraft’s flight control, hydraulic, electrical, and pneumatic systems for malfunction or defect.
- Air traffic control – reviewing the actions taken by aircraft control personnel, including the competency of any instruction that they provided to the aircraft’s flight crew via radio transmission or other means.
- Weather conditions – considering inclement weather conditions that might have led to the accident and whether those conditions should or could have been avoided.
- Human factors – analyzing the potential human error in onboard crew performance.
- Survival factors – includes documenting injuries incurred by onboard passengers and crew members, the pertinence of rescue efforts taken, and the adequacy of emergency planning measures.
Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. possess substantial industry insight and access to a network of individuals within the world of aviation, including experience working with NTSB members. Because of this, we can work closely with investigators as they inspect and scrutinize the cause of your accident to keep you informed while informing important aspects of your case, including compensation amounts.
In addition to the NTSB investigation, however, Cochran, Kroll, & Associates attorneys launch and undertake their own investigative measures on your behalf. This can include gathering evidence from flight data recorders, air traffic controllers, and photo and video evidence for the scene of the accident.
Utilizing our network of industry professionals, we will work tirelessly to contact and consult with aviation experts and accident reconstruction professionals to pinpoint exact and irrefutable causal elements within your case.
Acquiring all these critical resources, however, requires both substantial time and financial commitment. Instead of adding this burden and stress to your already complicated and heart-breaking circumstances post-accident, allow the experts at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates to relieve that burden and advocate on your behalf.
4. Ensure that you receive the compensation that you are due
Directly after an aviation accident, an insurance company or insurance claims adjuster advocating on behalf of the airline will reach out to victims with a settlement offer that is far beneath the value of the actual compensation that is due.
It is imperative, however, that victims and family members of victims never agree to the initial terms offered by claims adjusters before retaining an aviation attorney to review that offer.
Unfortunately, despite the many face-saving guarantees that airline attorneys and insurance claims adjusters will promise to bereaved families and victims of airline negligence, the sad truth is that they are not looking to offer the quick and fair compensation that they promise: They are looking to pay out as little as possible to the victims of their crimes.
This is readily apparent in the fact that many airline attorneys will encourage early settlements outside of court and work against victims to delay or prolong the process if an offer is refused.
The legal experts at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates will always work to hold the liable parties involved fully accountable for their negligence and ensure you receive the full measure of justice that you are entitled to.
Call your trusted aviation accident lawyers at Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C.
The effects of an aviation accident can be devastating, and if you or a loved one has been affected by negligence in the aircraft industry, it is imperative that you retain the services of dedicated Michigan aviation attorneys with access to the financial resources and industry expertise necessary to hold airline industry giants to account.
Don’t fall victim to airline negligence twice: Call the Law Offices of Cochran, Kroll, & Associates, P.C. to set up your free consultation and case evaluation and get started on the road to recovery today. We never charge a fee unless a recovery is made.