“My Loved One Was Hurt in an Airplane Crash. What Are My Options?”
Although they are relatively rare, airplane crashes do occur. Because of the infrequency of these accidents, it can be difficult to know exactly what to do if this situation arises for you or a loved one. Read below to discover what to do and what you can expect to happen if your loved one was hurt in an airplane crash.
After the Crash
For the next 45 days after the airplane crash, lawyers are prohibited from contacting you. Although lawyers may not be able to contact you, you may contact them. In fact, it’s probably the first thing you should do after you receive medical care for your injuries.
One of the reasons that it’s so important to contact a lawyer soon after your crash is that federal law insists that the airlines contact the victims after a crash. It’s possible that they may even offer some form of compensation. Before you accept any compensation from the airline, talk to a qualified personal injury lawyer like those at Inkelaar Law.
It’s possible that if you accept any form of compensation from the airline it makes you ineligible to sue for damages in the future. You want to ensure that the compensation you receive will cover all of your bills from your medical treatment and any other therapy that may follow.
Should You Sue?
Another benefit from speaking with a qualified personal injury lawyer soon after your airplane accident is that you can start to figure out if you’d like to sue. When you speak with your lawyer, you can start to estimate a dollar amount for your damages.
Remember, after an accident, you’re not just left with medical bills. There’s also the possibility that your injuries may prevent you from returning to work and earning income. This should be added to your amount of damages as well as any bills that you may have from therapy (physical and/or mental).
Who Could You Sue?
This question is what really separates airplane crashes from other accidents. Naturally, you would be able to sue the airline. However, depending on the nature and cause of the crash, you might have additional options.
For example, if the plane crashed because of the failure of a part, you would also be able to sue the company that built the part or the company that built the airplane. To be able to sue these other companies, though, you have to be able to prove negligence. Your lawyer must be able to show these companies were at fault in one way or another.
My Loved One Was Hurt in an Airplane Crash. What Are My Options?
If your loved one was hurt in an airplane crash, you are legally unable to do anything. Instead, your loved one must take action. You cannot act on his or her behalf.
However, if your loved one was fatally injured in the airplane crash and you are his or her spouse or child, you are able to file a lawsuit. In the instances where an individual without a spouse or child is fatally injured in an airplane crash, the closest living relative may file a lawsuit.
Finding a Lawyer
If you have been in an airplane crash, you need to contact an excellent personal injury lawyer. At Inkelaar Law, our experienced lawyers are ready to answer any questions and help you decide the best course of action for you at this time. Give us a call at (877) 537-4665 or contact us online to find out more about how we can help.