Were you or a loved one injured in a plane accident in Miami, FL? An experienced Miami aviation/airplane accident lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can help you fight to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
Over the years, we’ve proven that we aren’t just another law firm. Our top-rated attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
How Shaked Law Firm Can Help After an Aviation/Airplane Accident in Miami
The idea of crashing to the ground in a plane is nothing short of terrifying. While most plane crashes aren’t so dramatic, the aftermath is often devastating for victims. Plane accident injuries are usually severe. You might be looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills alone.
If you were hurt in an airplane accident, you may deserve compensation. Unfortunately, getting fair compensation is easier said than done. The formal investigation can take months, if not years, to complete. You might not even know who’s responsible–or how much you deserve.
An experienced Miami personal injury lawyer at Shaked Law Firm can help. Count on us to:
- Conduct an independent investigation to identify the cause of your accident
- Hire leading experts in aviation, medicine, and other specialties
- Locate all responsible parties
- Analyze the complex state and federal aviation laws that govern your case
- Negotiate for the maximum compensation available
Aviation accidents are extremely complex. Our double-board certified trial lawyers are ready for the challenge. We’ve helped thousands of clients like you recover the fair compensation they deserve.
Our Miami personal injury attorneys can give you the advantage you need to maximize your settlement. Call for a free case evaluation today to learn more about how we’ll put the full weight of our resources to work for you,
How Common Are Aviation/Airplane Accidents in Miami?
When most people think of a plane crash, they imagine dramatic crashes involving large commercial aircraft. In reality, commercial plane crashes are extremely rare. That doesn’t mean that plane crashes are uncommon.
Roughly 220,000 civilian planes are registered in the United States. It’s important to understand that over 90% of all civilian airplanes registered in the U.S. are classified as “general aviation aircraft.” General aviation aircraft include all civil planes except for commercial passenger airlines.
Examples of general aviation aircraft include:
- Private planes
- Single-engine propeller-driven planes
- Air taxis
While commercial plane crashes might cause more damage, general aviation accidents are much more common. More general aviation planes are registered in Florida than any other U.S. state outside of California and Texas.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is responsible for investigating plane accidents in the U.S. According to Bureau of Transportation data, there were 1,220 general aviation accidents reported in 2019. Over 400 people were killed in these plane accidents, and 227 were seriously injured.
What is My Miami Aviation/Airplane Accident Case Worth?
As you probably know, treating a serious injury is expensive. Many severe injuries require ongoing medical care.
The insurance company is counting on the fact that you may not know how much your personal injury case is worth. They’ll try to downplay the extent of your injuries and minimize your future needs. Our lawyers can challenge these strategies and fight for the full amount you deserve.
Factors that may be important in our analysis include:
- The severity of your injuries
- The type and cost of medical treatment you’ll require
- Your lost wages, income, and out-of-pocket expenses
- Whether you’re expected to return to work in any capacity
- How the injury has impacted your daily life and your family members
- The emotional trauma and suffering you’ve had to endure
Expert witnesses can be extremely valuable in putting a dollar value on your losses. We have the resources to hire the most respected specialists in Miami-Dade County to back up your case.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Aviation/Airplane Accident Victims?
Damages in Florida are classified as economic losses or non-economic losses.
Economic damages are your financial losses. They may include:
- Past and future medical expenses, including hospitalization, doctor’s visits, medications, medical devices, and more
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential
- Property damage
Non-economic damages represent all of the intangible suffering the accident has caused.
These damages are extremely personal. Some examples include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Physical disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium
If the responsible party’s actions were intentional or especially shocking, punitive damages may be available. Courts award these damages to punish the defendant and deter future wrongdoing.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Aviation Accident Injuries
Aviation accident injuries can be severe. Victims often suffer injuries that prove to be catastrophic or even fatal.
At Shaked Law Firm, we’ll fight to recover full compensation for all of your injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Wrongful death of a loved one
You don’t have to wait until you’re fully recovered from your injuries to take legal action. Call the lawyers at Shaked Law Firm to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Common Causes of Aviation and Airplane Accidents in Miami, Florida
Nearly 80% of all plane accidents occur during takeoff or landing. These accidents happen for many different reasons.
General aviation pilots often have less experience and training than commercial pilots. Because of that, pilot error causes many aviation/airplane accidents in Miami.
Examples of human errors that can cause plane accidents include:
- Decision-based errors
- Misinterpreting information
- Failure to communicate with air traffic control
- Violations of state or federal aviation laws and regulations
- Distraction or fatigue
Mechanical failures are another common cause of aviation accidents. Smaller general aviation planes aren’t subject to the strict regulations that apply to commercial airlines. Consequently, private planes are more prone to mechanical failures and equipment problems.
Examples of mechanical problems that can cause a crash include:
- Defective airplane components
- Failure to properly inspect the plane
- Failure to maintain the plane
- Failure to replace worn parts
- Design defects in the aircraft itself
Determining the cause of an aircraft accident is much more difficult than your typical car accident case.
Our experienced Miami aviation/airplane accident attorneys at Shaked Law Firm have the experience and resources to tackle these complex cases. We have over 100 years of combined experience helping clients like you. We can find out why you were injured and help you fight to hold all responsible parties accountable.
How Do I Prove Negligence After an Aviation/Airplane Accident in Florida?
Under Florida law, all parties who contribute to an accident can be held financially responsible.
In airplane accident cases, responsible parties often include:
- The pilot
- The owner of the plane
- Someone responsible for inspecting the plane
- Air traffic control personnel
- Government agencies
- Manufacturers of defective equipment and planes
- The airline
Multiple parties may share responsibility in these complex cases. To recover damages, you’ll have to pinpoint the exact reason why each party is responsible. Often, that means proving that someone was negligent.
To recover damages under negligence theories, the victim must prove:
- The defendant owed a legal duty of care
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- Causation, or that the breach directly caused the accident
- You suffered damages
Design defects or manufacturing defects cause some Miami plane crashes. Manufacturers of planes, parts, and equipment can be held strictly liable for defects. If you can identify the defect, you won’t have to prove that the manufacturer was careless to recover damages.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Aviation/Airplane Accident in Florida?
You have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit under Florida state law. However, state law may not govern your case. Some aviation accidents involve federal laws with different deadlines.
The identity of the responsible party can also complicate matters. If a government entity is liable, you’ll first have to file a claim with the federal or state agency before you can file a lawsuit. For example, if a Florida municipal airport was partly to blame, you’ll first file a written claim with the airport. Then, you’ll have three years to file a formal lawsuit.
Plane crash cases are complex. We highly recommend speaking with a Miami airplane accident lawyer soon after the accident. Call Shaked Law Firm to learn more about creating an attorney client relationship today.
Contact a Miami Aviation/Airplane Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
At Shaked Law Firm, we’re committed to offering award-winning legal representation to our South Florida clients. If you sustained injuries in a plane accident, call an experienced Miami aviation/airplane accident lawyer for a free consultation today.
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