Aviation Accident Attorneys in West Virginia
We're Here to Fight on Your Behalf
Every year, thousands of individuals board airplanes in order to go on
vacation, to visit friends and family, or to go on business trips. Some
individuals may also travel on private airplane charters. Those pilots
and facilities are held to the highest aviation standards. Under most
circumstances, they reach their destinations quickly and painlessly, experiencing
little more than mild turbulence.
On rare occasions, airplane malfunction, pilot error, poor security, or
other causes can turn routine travel into a dangerous undertaking. Almost
half of all aviation accidents are the result of pilot error, which can
be weather or mechanical related. Our West Virginia aviation accident
attorneys at Berthold Law Firm, PLC, are experienced in accidents involving
airplane malfunction. We have expert knowledge in the causes of these
accidents, and know how to help you receive the maximum compensation for
Need to talk to an attorney? Call (304) 605-2040 to reach Berthold Law
Firm, PLLC today!
Aviation Accidents Can Be the Result of Many Causes, Including:
- Pilot error
- Runway defects
- Mechanical failure, including engine and other component failure
- Inclement weather conditions
- Equipment defects
- Improper maintenance
- Fuel contamination
- Violation of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
- Structural or design problems
- Air Traffic Controller error
Common physical injuries among plane accident survivors include concussions
and spinal injuries. Spinal injuries may lead to paralysis, and this can
lead to emotional stress for both the victim and their family. Devastating
physical injuries may cause victims to become depressed or anxious. Plane
accident victims often develop phobias, which may cripple their ability
to utilize air transportation.
Victims of plane crashes have the right to file a lawsuit seeking monetary
compensation for their injuries from those parties responsible for the
accident. If a private charter, its employees, or an airline have been
negligent or reckless in any way that has caused their passengers harm,
they may be sued for the cost of the injuries and for punitive damages.
In the event that negligence resulted in the victim's death, surviving
family members may be eligible to file a
wrongful death claim.
According to the
National Transportation Safety Board in 2012, there were 7 aviation accidents in West Virginia, including one
fatality. Normally travel by air is considered to be safe, but when accidents
occur they often result in absolute fatalities or serious injury.
Contact the West Virginia aviation accident attorneys
at Berthold Law Firm, PLLC for assistance.
Who Will Pay For the Damages I Suffered?
The parties that could be held legally responsible for your injury can
vary and are determined by the cause of your accident. The aircraft owner
and operator can be held responsible for your injuries; manufacturers
or suppliers might also be held responsible depending on your circumstances.
If your injuries were caused by the negligence of the federal government,
you might also hold them responsible. Aviation injuries occur more often
than many think, in fact, studies have found at least one safety-related
accident or threat occurs on aircraft a day. Unfortunately, these injuries
often go unreported.
If you were involved in an aviation accident, please contact Berthold Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a consultation to discuss your claim.