Aviation Accidents

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Flight accidents are some of the most feared and horrifying disasters a person can experience. As soon as one occurs, there’s a race between pilots, airlines, airports, and airplane manufacturers to deny responsibility. Our firm cuts through all the noise and conducts and objective investigation to get to the truth. Once we find it, we make sure that you make whoever is responsible pay for your injuries.

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Despite significant advances in safety technology, human error and mechanical failure continue to cause aviation accidents throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast, and the United States.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there were more than 1,500 civil aviation accidents in the U.S. in 2012. In regards to general aviation accidents, there were more than 1,400 accidents, with more than 250 of them being fatal.

It's important to seek legal assistance immediately after an aviation accident in order to ensure that important evidence is preserved and your right to recover compensation are protected. The skilled and dedicated aviation accident attorneys of Arnold & Itkin are prepared to help. We have secured billions of dollars in compensation for our clients and can bring this skill and insight to your case.

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Take action today if you or a loved one was involved in an aviation accident. Call our firm at (888) 493-1629.

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  • A team that has successfully recovered billions of dollars for our clients.
  • A team that puts your needs above our own (you don't pay unless we win!).
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Since the very first commercial airplane flight in 1914, technological advancements in air travel have made this not just the fastest, but also one of the safest ways to travel. Each month in the U.S., people fly in excess of 40 million miles. While air travel has increased, the frequency of airline accidents has decreased, helped by stricter air safety procedures and technological innovations. Despite these advances, aviation accidents do still occur.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of an airplane accident, we can:

  • Assess your case and lay out your legal options
  • Investigate your accident to determine the cause and at-fault party
  • Identify any third parties that may have played a part in the accident
  • Help you get the medical care and support you need
  • Craft a solid case on your behalf to secure maximum compensation

You may have many questions and concerns. The good news is Arnold & Itkin is here to guide you through the legal process and provide all the answers you need. Our seasoned team has handled countless accident claims over the years and is ready to advise you.

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Protecting Those Hurt by

Airplane & Helicopter Crashes

Every case is important to our lawyers. That is why we work tirelessly to prepare every case as if it is headed to trial. This aggressive approach equips us to go into the courtroom strongly and negotiate timely when possible. Our goal is to secure a full and fair settlement that will allow our clients to put a painful episode behind them. We start by investigating the accident to determine who is at fault.

The parties who may be held liable include:

  • Pilot: The accident may have been triggered by the pilot's failure to check instructions, react to weather conditions or adhere to correct takeoff or landing procedures.
  • Mechanic: The crash may be traced to a mechanic's failure to adequately inspect, maintain, or repair some type of defective equipment or a damaged part.
  • Air traffic controller: All too often, overworked air traffic controllers violate FAA rules, fail to give timely warnings, or steer aircraft into hazardous flight paths.
  • Manufacturer: Faulty instruments, wings, wheels, and other landing gear may contribute to a disaster if improperly manufactured or dangerous in design.

Protecting Those Hurt by Airplane & Helicopter Crashes

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions
  • What caused my plane accident?

    It’s usually not any one thing that causes a plane crash—it’s usually a confluence of unrelated factors coming together. Malcolm Gladwell’s book "Outliers" noted that any plane crash is the result of seven errors or factors taking place at once. Weak manufacturing, poor maintenance, tired or inexperienced pilots, distracted air traffic controllers—all of these things could have contributed to your crash. As a result, the people who allowed these things to occur (airlines, plane manufacturers, pilots) can be held accountable in court.

  • Are there different types of aviation accidents?

    Aviation accidents have a broad definition: it includes any injury or death that occurs from the time a person boards a plan to the moment they get off the aircraft. Technically, tripping in the aisle while getting to your seat could qualify as an “aviation accident.” That’s why accidents are divided into five types: mid-air accidents, mid-air collisions, ground collisions, taxiing accidents, and landing accidents. Each of these accident types could cause fatal or life-altering injuries.

  • Who is responsible for an aviation accident?

    Multiple parties are potentially at fault. Aviation accidents are usually the result of errors in manufacturing or maintenance (mechanical error), air traffic control errors, pilot errors, or crew member miscommunication. Though communication between pilots, crew, and traffic controllers has been standardized for greater clarity and safety, miscommunication can cause enormous harm—the deadliest plane crash in history was a result of a misunderstanding between the control tower and a co-pilot. Other crashes might be due to poor maintenance or design of the aircraft itself.

  • How long will my case take?

    Your case may take a year or longer. Aviation accidents often involve multiple organizations investigating the same crash: the plane manufacturer, the airline, and the National Transportation Safety Board are all likely to investigate a major aviation accident all at once. Due to the complex factors involved with your case, holding the right party accountable is a time-consuming process. The good news is that the investigation provides a great deal of evidence that could strengthen your case. Your attorneys may also hire a third-party investigator to closely examine the specific factors regarding your injuries.

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Reach Out to Us at (888) 493-1629

Flights take off every second of the day, but despite preventative measures, there is always room for human error and malfunction. Although these incidents are often rare, they do happen and can take the lives of the innocent people on board or cause irreversible injuries. Unfortunately, common claims to result from an aviation accident involve wrongful death or catastrophic injuries. If you have been severely injured or if a loved one has been killed as a direct result of the negligent behavior of a pilot, flight staff, or even due to faulty manufacturing, you may be entitled to compensation.

From emotional distress and suffering to substantial medical bills, these cases can be heavy burdens. At Arnold & Itkin, we understand how devastating it can be to in the aftermath of an aviation accident. With us on your side, you can seek justice for your case.

Our firm is available to help you cope and recover. We can answer your questions and help you or your loved one get the care they need to recover. Contact our firm if you are ready to discuss your airplane or helicopter accident. We accept serious aviation injury or wrongful death cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay legal fees until and unless we win your case.

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  • $171 Million

    Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.

  • $117 Million

    Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulances. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.

  • $110 Million

    Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.

  • $105 Million

    Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.

  • $76.6 Million

    Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of our client who had suffered from the usage of Risperdal.

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