Potential Aviation Lawsuits
Motley Rice's aviation team works efficiently to even the scales of justice and give clients the power, information and means to take control in the aftermath of an aviation disaster. Our firm's connections enable us to litigate in an area of law that increasingly involves international clients and cases.
Types of Aviation Cases
We represent passengers, pilots, flight attendants, airport and airline workers and persons on the ground injured by air crashes in the following types of cases:
Filing an Aviation Lawsuit
Motley Rice guides each client through the litigation process for aviation lawsuits involving wrongful death, personal injury, strict liability or a combination of legal issues.
When a victim's family is hiring a firm, they should feel comfortable and ready to build a working relationship with that firm's attorneys for an extensive amount of time. The firm should be one that has litigated numerous complex cases, worked with legal teams and experts and can advance the long-term costs necessary to litigate aviation cases. Possible costs include court fees, investigations, depositions and filing expenses, as well as expert fees.
Often a family's probate attorney is consulted first following a fatal plane crash. Probate attorneys address issues regarding the victim's estate assets and bills. Motley Rice's South Carolina aviation lawyers work with probate attorneys in wrongful death, personal injury and product liability cases, class actions, and cross-border litigation.
Types of Aviation Lawsuits
- Wrongful Death: In addition to researching all causation, fault and liability issues, we gather information involving financial estate matters, present and future financial losses, and other losses. Damages arising from wrongful death fall into the following categories: economic loss (lost income), non-economic loss (pain and suffering), survival damages (fear, grief, sorrow), and punitive or exemplary damages.
- Personal Injury: When injured due to the negligence or careless actions of others, a victim may be entitled to payment for various damages. Depending on the victim and the injury, these may include compensatory damages (property damages, medical expenses, lost earnings, "other" damages and future damages), general damages, loss of consortium, emotional damages, and punitive or exemplary damages.
- Product Liability: Product liability law is complex and differs from general personal injury law. Claims are usually based on state laws and brought under theories of breach of warranty, negligence or strict liability. Consulting an attorney immediately is important as there is a legally defined time frame in which you may bring a claim (statute of limitations).
- Class Actions: Other nations' laws sometimes permit class actions to be brought to redress mass disaster losses. We have brought such class actions in several countries and have teamed with foreign co-counsel to work for our clients.
- Multinational and Cross-Border Litigation: Motley Rice attorneys, together with foreign co-counsel, have sought justice for plaintiffs of various nationalities in many countries. With more and more U.S. airlines flying foreign-manufactured aircraft, any air crash has the potential to present multinational and multilingual litigation. Motley Rice has tracked defendants, evidence and assets on multiple continents and in dozens of countries, including hostile nations and terrorist states.
If you or someone you know is interested in seeking legal recourse due to wrongful death or personal injury as a result of a plane crash, please contact Motley Rice aviation attorney and former U.S. Department of Transportation Inspector General Mary Schiavo by email or call 1.800.868.6456.