Aviation Crashes and Emergency Landings – You Have Survived, Now What?
The sensation of the plane falling out of the sky. Panicked passengers crying and screaming on all sides of you. A feeling of complete helplessness. These are just a few of the things experienced by those who survive airplane and helicopter accidents.
But it’s what comes next that can be really confusing, and the process of figuring out how to move forward can be even harder than the incident itself.
First, realize you’re not alone. When it comes to crashes and emergency landings, surviving isn’t at all rare. In fact, just the opposite. Based on government data, 95.7 percent of those involved in commercial airline accidents during a recent 17 year period, survived those incidents. So the reality is, there are a lot of people who have been where you are, and have successfully figured out how to move forward with a semblance of normalcy.
Second, try to connect with other survivors, not just of your own incident, but others as well. Particularly those who have demonstrated some success with their own journey. Many have chosen to get counseling, and are willing to share the basis of their “recovery” with others. And yes, recovery is exactly the right word. You’ve experienced a trauma, and it’s going to take some time, maybe a lot of time, to get through the worst of the aftermath. But it can be done, and there is hope.
Third, make sure you get the legal representation you need as soon as you feel up to it. Attorneys focused exclusively on aviation law – like Katzman Lampert & Stoll – are best equipped to help, because they have the experience and expertise to deal with the aftermath, including figuring out exactly what happened. They can also help you get compensation for your injuries and their aftermath, and they can help put you in touch with professionals and others who can help you find relief from the worst of your suffering.
If you need some help and encouragement in this process, or just want some assistance discovering what exactly happened, or whether or not you have a case, call us today at (866) 309-6097 for a 100% free consultation.
5 Reasons to Choose KLS
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 to instruct others in several transport category jet aircraft. Bruce A. Lampert is a multi-engine - instrument rated pilot
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