Frequently Asked Questions about our firm's aviation accident practice
If you or a loved one has suffered to an accident involving a plane, helicopter, or some other aircraft, and you wish to pursue legal action against the responsible parties, you have quite an uphill battle on your hands. But have no fear, our attorneys have considerable experience in the area of aviation accident law, and we'll walk you through every step of the process. The first step, however, is for you to have a good understanding of how these cases work. To aid in that endeavor, our attorneys have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions regarding aviation accident cases and law. If you find that your burning question is not answered below, feel free to call us. We have an open-door policy and are glad to answer any questions you may have.
How is your firm paid?
Our initial consultations are free and confidential, and we will even come to you at your home or office, or even the hospital if you prefer. During the initial consult, we'll determine the strength and validity of your case, and decide how we can best proceed.
Should we accept your case, we would charge what's called a contingency fee, which means you only pay us if we win your case. There are no up-front, flat or out-of-pocket fees. When we win your case, we take a previously agreed-upon percentage (generally around 1/3 of your verdict or settlement award) to pay for attorney's fees and litigation and court costs. If we win and the defendant has no money to pay the award, then you don't pay us either. We assume all up-front financial risk and front all costs and expenses.
You advocate a private investigation. How does that work?
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigates all airline accidents in the United States. Their accident reports are an invaluable resource for us, but their perspective in doing the investigation is different than ours. They are not focused on discovering and proving liability on the part of the defendant(s) and determining what laws have been broken. Therefore, we do our own in-house investigation to determine these factors integral to the successful outcome of your aviation case.
Our investigative team will leave no stone unturned to collect and preserve vital evidence that will help our attorneys prepare a clear and persuasive argument that allows you to receive the just compensation you deserve. Some of our investigative methods include: document analysis, review of medical records, background checks, employment history inquiries, analysis of training practices, inspection of the accident scene and property damage, photographic and video surveillance, etc.
Do you work with the NTSB/FAA?
Yes, we do. We often share information. Obviously, the NTSB has their own priorities and we claim no formal affiliation with them, but when litigate a case that they are also investigating, we share information. The NTSb is a good organization with some of the best investigators in the world. That said, they take a very long time to complete investigations, and we've found that the best results come from a third party investigation supplemented by the NTSB investigation.
Which laws apply?
Even though your case will likely be brought in federal court, the applicable rights and remedies will be based on the laws of the state where the accident happened or where the plaintiff lived at the time of the accident. The unique circumstances of your case will be taken into account as well.
What makes your law firm the right one?
Because we know what we're doing. We have a wealth of experience in personal injury and wrongful death law, and a long, successful track record to prove it. We are experienced in litigating aviation accidents involving planes, helicopters, etc. We are also peer-recognized as a top personal injury and wrongful death law firm. Founding attorney Michael Grossman is a member of the exclusive Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a member of The Verdict Club, and was recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters, a distinction less than 1% of attorneys in America can make.
We also have the financial backing and resources to pursue your case as long as necessary to achieve a satisfactory resolution. We have our own in-house investigation, trial prep and graphics teams to help our attorneys prepare and present the most clear and convincing case possible. Our lawyers are available night and day to answer any questions and concerns, and we will come to you for an initial consultation if you prefer.
If you or a loved one were hurt or killed in an aviation accident, you are likely experiencing some degree of financial and emotional or physical difficulty. Our law firm has spent the last 24 years helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death to recover in all these areas and put their lives back together after such a devastating event. We can help you recover financially for things like medical bills, lost income, lost future income, funeral and burial expenses, disability, lost earning capacity, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering. We don't beat around the bush when it comes to relieving our clients of their financial burdens.
We can also ensure that you get the medical attention that you need, even helping you to have some bills reduced at times. We'll make sure you get the medical care you need before we proceed with the next phase of your case. Lawsuit are designed to put you in as good a position as you were before the accident. And while no one can bring your loved one back or erase what has happened, we can help you recover and give you great peace of mind in the process. Filing a lawsuit also discourages similar future accidents by holding all responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions. This ultimately makes air travel safer for others as well.
What should I sue for?
A primary reason for filing a lawsuit is to be compensated for your actual losses - lost wages, costs of medical treatment, funeral costs, pain and suffering and the like that are a product or your injuries or your loved one's death. You likely are suffering some financial blows if you or a loved one were involved in an aviation accident, and a lawsuit can help you recover these losses.
Moreover, a lawsuit allows you to hold all responsible parties accountable for their negligent actions and give your loved one a voice if a wrongful death was involved. This will likely result in the defendants cleaning up their act and preventing future accidents. A third primary function of a suit is to punish the defendants for their wrongdoing. This comes in the form of punitive (pecuniary) awards that you may also recover in addition to your compensatory award. Generally, these are given in the case of gross (outrageous, extremely reckless) negligence, and there is typically a cap on these kinds of awards.
How do I get started?
You simply contact us by online chat, filling out an online form or calling us toll-free for a free and confidential initial consultation. We will come to you for the initial consultation if you prefer. During the consultation, we'll discuss your case with you and find out what happened and how it affected you. We'll find out what losses you've suffered, identify issues and potential defendants, and answer your questions and concerns. So don't hesitate.