Traveling by airplane is considered one of the safest forms of travel. However, when an airplane accident takes place, the consequences can be devastating. If you have been injured in an airplane accident due to the pilot’s error, you may be entitled to compensation for your harm. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our experienced injury attorneys understand how to handle aviation accident cases and can put this knowledge to use in your case.
Pilot error can have catastrophic results. Even the slightest blunder, oversight, or lapse in judgment can lead to a serious plane accident. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that more than 80 percent of aviation accidents are caused by pilot error. Some of these errors include failing to perform the necessary checks before a flight, mistakes in takeoff and landing, or simply inexperience.
If you’ve been hurt in a Florida plane crash due to pilot error, you may be able to recover damages under the theory of negligence. Negligence is the failure to act with reasonable care. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person would act in the same or similar circumstances. In the context of a pilot error crash, reasonable care would be measured by how a prudent pilot would operate an aircraft in the same or similar circumstances.
Once negligence is established, the plaintiff may be able to recover compensation, such as medical bills, lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and more. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will be able to obtain will vary depending on the nature and extent of the injuries suffered.
If you’ve lost a loved one in a Florida plane crash, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the negligent party. Under Florida law, a wrongful death claim can be filed when a person’s death is caused by the “wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract” of another. Wrongful death damages can include medical costs prior to the decedent’s death, funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and more.
If a faulty engine or defective plane part caused the accident, the plaintiff may be able to recover from the manufacturer or seller of the airplane under the theory of product liability. If the cause of the accident was inadequate maintenance performed by a third party, that party might also be liable. As a result, there can be multiple defendants in a given case. Having an experienced attorney on your side who will help you identify all the potential defendants might be vital to your ability to recover damages.
At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, our Miami airplane accident attorneys understand the consequences a pilot’s negligent behavior can have. This is why we work tirelessly to hold negligent parties accountable for their conduct. Aviation accidents are extremely complex, and having a knowledgeable attorney on your side can make all the difference in your case. We will work hard to protect your rights at every step of the legal process. For more information, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
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