Plane Crashes

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Have you or a loved one been injured in a plane crash?

South Florida is full of airplanes. Just looking up we see jumbo jets, single engine recreational planes, and personal helicopters. As the “Gateway to Latin America” numerous international carriers maintain commercial and cargo operations here. South Florida skies are busy with flights twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

When tragedies occur, victims and their families need to be represented by lawyers with experience handling plane crash cases. Marten | Chiappetta has represented family members of victims who have paid the ultimate price due to the recklessness of the aviation industry. Whether there is a failure to design an aircraft component part in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration Air Safety Regulations, a carelessly maintained airplane so deficient in its flight control system that it is not even remotely airworthy, or a failure to check pilot credentials such that an aircraft is provided to an inadequately certified pilot who does not pay attention to other planes in the same airspace, Marten | Chiappetta has successfully fought the battles against those for-profit companies responsible for these tragedies.

There are a variety of legal issues that often arise after a plane crash. The main reasons that air crashes occur are pilot error, mechanical failure, or manufacturing defect. The Federal Aviation Administration regulates the operation, maintenance, manufacturing, and design of all aircraft registered within the United States. The FAA has strict requirements for pilot flight time, medical certification for pilots, and the issuance of continued airworthiness directives by engine and airframe manufacturers. These regulations promote proper and safe maintenance of even the oldest aircraft.

Unfortunately, there are a dangerously high number of persons and companies within the aviation industry that simply ignore these safety rules so that they can pocket extra money. Simply because an aviation company has been granted a certificate by the FAA does not mean that it operates safely. Sometimes it is just a matter of time before a tragedy happens and the FAA finally catches on to the offender.

Other issues that must often be addressed are jurisdictional, that is whether a Florida court has the lawful authority over a person or entity responsible, and forum non conveinens, that is whether the Florida courts are the most convenient for all parties involved given where the witnesses and evidence might be located in a particular case. It might be surprising to realize that even if a company operates an airplane in Florida and does all of its business in Florida, simply because the accident occurred in another state, a Florida court may determine that it is more convenient for all parties involved to have the lawsuit be litigated and tried in the state courts where the incident occurred despite none of the parties having any true connections there.

Regardless of what may initially appear to be the main contributing cause of the air crash, an experienced aviation attorney will need to retain an expert to interpret radar and consult with an aviation accident reconstruction engineer so that all of the evidence (the radar data and the physical wreckage) can be effectively analyzed and a cause can be determined. Contrary to popular belief, the final conclusions and determinations of the National Transportation Safety Board are not permitted to be presented to a jury deciding a civil lawsuit arising from a tragic event. This is exactly why victims of such tragedies need highly-qualified attorneys who have successfully litigated all types of aviation cases.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an aviation accident, contact Marten | Chiappetta in Lake Worth, Palm Beach, Florida. We can help you obtain justice for your incident. As a victim of a personal injury case, you may be entitled to receive thousands or even millions of dollars in benefits and damages. Our contingency fee policy allows you to fully concentrate on recovering from your injury without worries over the cost of our quality representation. You are never responsible for any expenses we incur throughout the legal process — and you owe no attorney fee unless we win your case.

Your initial consultation with our skilled, compassionate personal injury lawyers is confidential and free of charge. Home and hospital visits are available to those whose injuries prevent travel. For honest answers to your questions, and to turn your life in a different, more positive direction, contact Marten | Chiappetta TODAY for a free initial consultation. Simply call 561-424-7300 or email us. Hablamos español; nous parlons Kreyol.

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