Aviation Accident

Tenacious Litigation & Proven Results – Chicagoland Airplane Accident Lawyers

Although many people are afraid of air travel, it is statistically the safest form of transportation. While the number of people who die in motor vehicle accidents far exceeds the number of aviation accident fatalities, more people are afraid of flying because it is simply unnatural to move at rates of hundreds of miles per hour while 30,000 feet in the air. The fears associated with air travel have grown in the wake of the 911 tragedy because those images along with the constant presence of TSA screeners and long lines provide a constant reminder that domestic terrorism has emerged as another cause of plane crashes. While airline crashes are rare, they typically result in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. At Stein & Shulman, LLC, our Chicago aviation accident lawyers possess thorough knowledge of aviation engineering standards and industry practices. Our Chicago commercial airline crash lawyers also possess extensive knowledge of the complex matrix of state, federal, and international laws and regulations that impact aviation crash litigation.

Chicago Lawyers with Successful Litigation Experience in Aviation Crash Lawsuits

Many general personal injury law firms in Chicago call themselves “Aviation Accident Law Firms”, but they have never litigated a single aviation accident lawsuit. These firms lack the intimate insider knowledge and expertise that comes with a real working understanding of the aviation industry. At our law firm, we are aviation accident attorneys that have actually successfully handled aviation accident claims. We possess a detailed understanding of aviation regulations, safety procedures, and potential mechanical risk factors relevant to aviation crash litigation. We provide qualified aviation accident attorneys that understand the industry as well as operational, regulatory, and safety factors.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promulgates extensive regulations that provide for aviation safety, including aviation engineering and manufacturing specifications, procedures and rules pertaining to flight crews, aircraft maintenance standards, and commercial airline operation and procedural practices. These federal standards, regulations, and policies are intended to make commercial airline travel safer and to prevent aviation crashes. When these rules fall short and plane crashes occur, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is charged with conducting investigations to determine the factors that contributed to the crash, so new policies and standards can be created to prevent future commercial airline accidents. The commercial airline industry is so extensively regulated that liability for many airline accidents is closely tied to a failure to comply with these standards and regulations.

Liability in most aviation accident lawsuits is based on the legal theory of negligence or product liability. Negligence may be the appropriate legal theory in plane crash litigation where a maintenance crew fails to properly de-ice wings or otherwise fails to conduct maintenance that conforms to FFA standards. Our aviation accident lawyers may base a commercial airline accident lawsuit on product liability when defective components, systems, or parts of the aircraft fail because they are not designed safely, or defects occur when the airline parts are manufactured. If a defective part or component causes an aviation crash, it may not be necessary to prove negligence as strict liability (liability without fault) might provide a basis for recovery in an aviation accident case caused by a product defect.

Tenacious Advocates for Victims of Aviation Accidents

Our committed and compassionate Chicago aviation accident lawyers have assisted our clients in obtaining over $40 million in judgements and settlements. Our law firm can provide the perfect balance of experience, expertise, empathy, diligence, and tenacity to help you obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, contact us today at (312) 422-0500 or email us to schedule your no obligation free consultation.

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