Liability in an airplane crash can be very difficult to prove. The airplane's black box may be missing and body parts might never be found. If a person is lucky enough to survive a plane accident, the injuries are frequently catastrophic. When death is a certainty for everyone on board—such as during large commercial plane crashes—the pain and suffering and loss can affect hundreds of passenger, crew members, and the many loved ones that are left behind.
It is important to immediately preserve any remaining evidence from a plane crash. You should also hire an experienced airplane accident attorney that knows how to properly investigate plane accidents and determine liability.
Chicago Attorney Joseph Klest has successfully represented injury victims and surviving family members of persons killed in aviation accidents involving helicopters, charter planes, private planes, and commercial airplanes. He also has worked with injury victims who were injured in airport terminals or on airfields as passengers, visitors, airline workers, or airport employees at Chicago O'Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport in Illinois.
Mr. Klest employs a team of experts that know how to explain the technical reasons that a plane crash might have occurred. Pilot error, failure to follow flight procedures, faulty equipment , defective airplane parts, engine failure, and mistakes by the air traffic controller are just some of the causes for why a plane accident might have happened.
"Common Carrier" Air Accidents
Commercial airplanes run by airline companies, such as Delta, United, American Airlines, Southwest, and JetBlue, are considered common carriers. This means that they are charged with exercising extreme care and caution to ensure the safety of their passengers. They have to make sure that their planes are properly maintained, operated by a competent pilot, and functioning properly. Failure to do so can result in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits if a plane accident occurs and people are injured or die.
Often, there might be more than one party that can be held liable for a plane accident. For example: A large plane carrying 200 passengers crashes into a residential area. Everyone on the plane is killed. A dozen homes are destroyed and many residents on the ground are also seriously injured or killed. If officials determine that a defective navigation tool on the plane was the cause of the accident, the manufacturer of the tool, the maintenance company that failed to find the defect, the supplier of the navigation tool, and the airline company could all be held legally liable.
Although the Federal Aviation Administration will conduct an investigation, it is important that you get your own personal injury lawyer who is there to look out for your interests and protect your rights.
For more than 25 years, Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law has successfully represented thousands of clients in every area of personal injury law in the Chicago area and throughout Illinois. Many of our clients come from Will County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Cook County, and we have law offices that are conveniently located in Schaumburg and Chicago, Illinois.
We understand that many times, the severity of our clients' injuries can prevent them from leaving their homes or hospitals, Mr. Klest is happy to meet with you outside his offices if that is more convenient.
To speak with Attorney Klest about your plane accident case, contact Joseph Klest, Attorney at Law at (312) 527-2779, (630) 528-7848, or (847) 969-9510, or contact us online.