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· Trusted Plane Crash Attorney
· Over 50 years
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· Top Recoveries
Injury and death cases resulting from Plane Crashes, Accidents, and Emergency Landings · This is ALL we do.
Injury and death cases resulting from:
· Aviation Accidents
· Plane Crashes
· Helicopter Crashes
· Emergency Landings
· This is ALL we do
Why choose Katzman Lampert & Stoll?
Globally respected plane crash lawyers with a passion for safety.
It’s been over 50 years since the partners of Katzman Lampert & Stoll began representing victims of plane crashes and their families. In that time aviation accident attorneys David Katzman, Bruce Lampert, and Bradley Stoll have established themselves as globally respected experts in the practice of aviation litigation, and they take pride in serving those who need representation, often against overwhelming odds.
Both Mr. Katzman and Mr. Lampert are licensed pilots, as well as experienced trial attorneys and aviation accident investigators. As such, they have developed a unique and highly informed perspective on the application of international, federal, state, and local aviation law to both commercial and commuter aviation crash incidents. They have been retained as experts and litigators world-wide – including such far-flung countries as Korea, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Newfoundland, and the US – both for their expertise and their compassion.
Five Reasons to Choose Katzman Lampert & Stoll
Hundreds of Millions Obtained on Behalf of Our Clients
Here are a few examples of recent verdicts and judgments from jury trials we have conducted: twelve million three hundred thirty three thousand five hundred dollars ($12,333,500.00) arising from a trial in Texas in Hanak v DynCorp, involving a crash due to faulty maintenance of a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter in Italy; fourteen million fourteen thousand five hundred and 16/100 dollars ($14,014,500.16) from a trial we conducted in Maryland, in Parsons, et al. v. Midwest Air Traffic Control Services Inc., et al. involving a midair collision; and, fifty four million dollars ($54,000,000.00) involving the crash of a Boeing 747-400 aircraft in Bagram, Afghanistan, as noted above. This is a sampling, as we have been taking cases to trial for many, many, years.
We have a long history of successful adversarial litigation with Boeing. Our cases against Boeing in particular, and specifically with regard to design problems in its 737 aircraft, include the representation of many clients reaching back to the crash of United Airlines flight 585, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on March 1, 1991, and the crash of USAir flight 427 while on approach to land at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 1994. Both of those crashes involved a single-point design failure that caused a rudder reversal, leading to crashes of both 737 aircraft. In the lawsuits arising from both of those crashes, our firm was appointed by the federal courts to the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, to lead the litigation.
We also represented several clients and served on the Steering Committee arising from the crash of TWA flight 800 on July 17, 1996. That case involved a design defect in the center fuel tank of a 747 aircraft, leaving it susceptible to explosion from spontaneous combustion.
More recently we have litigated with Boeing on product liability and negligence claims involving the 747-400 crash of National Airlines flight 102 at Bagram Airport, Afghanistan, on April 29, 2013. That crash involved improper loading and restraint of military cargo.
Over 5 Decades Representing the People in Aviation Law Cases
In these past fifty-one years we have handled cases ranging from design and manufacturing defects to pilot error and improper maintenance, involving most of the aircraft types, makes, and models certificated in general aviation and transport category aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration. We have handled cases from trial through appeals up to and including the United States Supreme Court. First and foremost, we are trial lawyers.
Expertise in All Facets of Aviation Law
Our firm employs several consultants, including pilots, aerodynamic engineers, mechanical engineers and materials engineers, who we regularly retain and deploy when investigating and litigating the causes of aviation accidents. In addition, we employ economists and certified public accountants for modeling and projecting economic losses.
Trained and Experienced Pilots
Our firm was founded in 1968 and since its inception has practiced virtually exclusively in aviation law involving product liability and negligence claims causing personal injury and wrongful death. The partners in the firm are pilots. David Katzman holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate (the highest pilot certification issued by the Federal Aviation Administration), and is “type rated” and thus qualified to act as pilot-in-command and too instruct others in several transport category jet aircraft.
100% Free Consultation
Plane and other air-related accidents often impact more than the victims and their families. When an aircraft crashes, the entire community is effected.
The aviation lawyers of Katzman Lampert & Stoll routinely use their expertise on behalf of the public, arguing complex public interest cases and helping lawmakers evaluate the pros and cons of pending aviation safety legislation.
We seek to represent the best interests of the public in these cases, and therefore we do so often for little or no fee. Our partners also frequently speak on behalf of the advancement of aviation safety by advocating for improved aircraft and aviation product design.
As advocates, both David Katzman and Bruce Lampert have published multiple articles and papers related to aviation safety. They have also been privileged to testify before both houses of the US Congress regarding pending/proposed aviation safety related legislation.
You may be wondering…
What is the first step to pursuing a legal claim?
The first step when pursuing a legal claim is to find lawyers who are right for you. Katzman Lampert & Stoll offers unmatched professional experience in aviation litigation and aviation technology. Founding partner, Richard F. Schaden, is an aeronautical engineer and attorney representing victims and their families in plane crash lawsuits for more than thirty-five years. As pilots and legal advocates, the aviation attorneys at Katzman Lampert & Stoll are committed to helping people in need of counsel for legal claims based on personal injury and wrongful death arising from general and commercial aviation disasters.
I'm in the military. Can I still pursue a claim?
How much does it cost for an attorney at Katzman Lampert & Stoll to handle my case?
Will my case go to trial?
At Katzman Lampert & Stoll, airplane crash victims and their families are given careful and thorough advice on the pros and cons of taking their case to trial. However, our aviation lawyers always leave the decision to the client. As aviation safety lawyers representing victims and their families, we believe that our role in the legal process is to zealously serve the needs of each client on an individual basis.
The attorneys at Katzman Lampert & Stoll are trial lawyers. The Firm has successfully taken hundreds of cases to trial and won millions of dollars in verdicts awarded by juries throughout the United States. Our background and experience in trial advocacy enhances our clients’ ability to achieve favorable and record setting resolutions.
Many cases settle before trial. As a result of our trial experience and advocacy, Katzman Lampert & Stoll has recently recovered settlements for our clients totaling over $25 million with the United States Government and $92.5 million against major manufacturers.
How long will I be involved in litigation?
Attorneys at Katzman Lampert & Stoll do everything in their power to ensure that the litigation process moves as quickly as possible for our clients without compromising quality of work for the sake of time. Cases involving general aviation accidents can generally take anywhere from one to three years to complete, while claims arising from commercial airline crashes like the TWA flight 800 air disaster and the US Air 427 plane crash may range from six months to five years to complete. We keep you well informed as your case progresses.
Where will my case be filed?
A plane crash lawsuit requires careful consideration of a variety of factors to determine the best possible city and state where a case should be filed. Many of these factors are particular to each client and the facts of each case. We consider factors such as:
- the background and profiles of prospective jurors in an area
- the law and any damage caps in a particular state
- the location of witnesses and
- the ability to recover the broadest range of damages for the individual injuries suffered by our clients.
With fully staffed offices in Michigan and Colorado, and a fleet of our own corporate aircraft, attorneys from Katzman Lampert & Stoll zealously represent clients no matter where the litigation takes place.
What is my role in the litigation process?
Aviation and Plane Crash Investigators
When it comes to investigating the causes and facts surrounding aviation-related crashes and accidents, Katzman Lampert & Stoll lawyers hold a decided advantage over other less-focused firms. Our pilots and in-house engineers apply technology gleaned from their own extensive experience to reconstruct small plane crash and accident scenes, allowing us to determine causes even the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) misses.
Because our attorneys operate their own jet and propjet aircraft, we are in a position to fly staff to national and international trial locations. We choose these locations specifically to benefit our clients, therefore placing them in the best position to be awarded the highest possible compensation.