Pennsylvania Aviation Accident Attorneys
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Air travel is widely recognized as the safest means of transportation in the world. In fact, over 2.7 million people fly in and out of American airports every day without experiencing any complications outside of a little turbulence. However, this doesn’t mean that aircraft accidents and collisions never happen. In March 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the Boeing 737 MAX after a data processing issue triggered two tragic airplane crashes. When an accident like this occurs, it typically results in life-changing injuries and devastating fatalities. The survivors and grieving families don’t even have time to process their losses because they’re struggling to afford unanticipated medical bills and funeral expenses.
Of course, aviation accidents can also occur at ground level; for example, a passenger can be severely injured while boarding or disembarking a plane. Although these events rarely make headlines, a victim’s injuries can be equally catastrophic on both a physical and financial level.
Contact the Pennsylvania aviation accident lawyers at Metzger Wickersham if you or a loved one require legal representation after a domestic or international incident. Our trial-tested legal team has decades of experience and a comprehensive understanding of this challenging, multifaceted legal process. With our guidance, you can recover a settlement or verdict that compensates your financial losses and safeguards your standard of living.
Please note: When in the best interest of the client, aviation cases may be referred to other law firms.
Contact Metzger Wickersham at (888) 286-2850 to discuss your legal options with an experienced legal representative.
Pursuing Damages After an Aviation Accident
The aviation industry is governed by strict federal and international laws. After an aviation accident occurs, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSD) are tasked with investigating the incident and determining if a pilot, airline, or manufacturer violated any federal regulations. The results of this investigation can be extremely helpful when litigating a personal injury or wrongful death case.
Aviation accidents can occur on:
- Commercial airplanes
- Chartered jets
- Private planes
- Aircrafts ferrying at least one person
However, it’s important to recognize that insurance companies are incredibly skilled and resourceful when it comes to challenging claims and mitigating a plaintiff’s damages. To secure a favorable case result, your legal team needs to prove three case-defining facts: the defendant owed you a duty of care, the defendant breached this duty of care by causing or contributing to the accident, and the defendant’s act of negligence is therefore responsible for your injuries and financial losses.
Common causes of aviation accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Pilot error
- FAA violations
- Faulty or defective equipment
- Inadequate maintenance issues
- Structural or manufacturing problems
- Air traffic controller error
- Fuel exhaustion or contamination
- Third-party negligence
At Metzger Wickersham, we take great care in providing exceptional legal services to passengers, crewmembers, and surviving family members. Our skilled lawyers can meticulously investigate your case, calculate your projected injury-related expenses, and craft a personalized litigation strategy that reflects your legal and financial objectives.
We can help you pursue damages for the following injuries and more:
- Injuries sustained during a commercial flight
- Injuries sustained during an international flight
- Boarding or disembarking injuries
- Ramp injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
If you were injured in an international incident, we can help you pursue compensation in accordance with the Montreal Convention, a multilateral treaty that guarantees damages up to $170,000 in the event of an overseas plane crash.
A successful lawsuit can yield the following compensatory damages:
- Existing and projected medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages
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Contact the Pennsylvania aviation accident lawyers at Metzger Wickersham if you’re ready to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Our experienced legal team has a thorough understanding of aviation law and FAA protocols. If you’re ready to take legal action, rely on a firm with the experience and resources to maximize your claim and aggressively represent your interests both in and out of court.