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The outstanding plane accident attorneys at Levin & Malkin are well known throughout New Jersey and beyond. During the past 40 years, we have won many millions of dollars for clients who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of others. We are available 24/7 and will charge no attorneys’ fees until we win you the substantial compensation you deserve. Knowing how challenging your situation is, we are available to come to your home, your hospital bedside, or your rehabilitation facility. 

Though airplane accidents are rare, the injuries that result from them are likely to be severe or catastrophic, or even lead to death. Unlike road accidents, in plane accidents, there is almost never a question of the injured party bearing responsibility for his or her own injury. There is, however, generally a great deal more legal complexity in accidents involving commercial airlines than in more commonplace traffic collisions. This is all the more reason to work with an experienced, highly skilled plane accident team.

Reasons for Airplane Accidents

In spite of the fact that both federal and New Jersey state laws control the aviation industry — air traffic controllers as well as plane crews and vehicle safety inspections — and that pilots are required to have rigorous training, plane accidents do occur. While unpredictable events may happen, the majority of plane accidents are caused by professional negligence or mechanical failure, sometimes combined with weather events. Reasons for plane accidents include:

Pilot error

Pilots, however well-trained, are human and subject to the same range of problems as the rest of us. Though laws governing their behavior are designed to keep them rested, sober, healthy, and alert, pilot fatigue, illness, emotional distress, distraction or impairment may interfere with their functioning.

Mechanical defects 

Planes are complex pieces of machinery, composed of hundreds of interactive systems. A defect or failure in any one of the systems can lead to serious trouble. Whether the problem is the result of a manufacturing defect, an incorrect repair, or a failure to replace old or worn parts, a mechanical defect can cause a plane to malfunction and crash.

Weather problems

Although air traffic controllers and pilots are constantly apprised of weather conditions, unpredicted wind gusts, heavy rain, snow, sleet or fog sometimes occur without warning. Such events can require expert maneuvering and may be disorienting, even to experienced pilots. Weather-related events are most destabilizing during takeoff and landing. 

Air traffic controller error

Although most of us think of pilots as the ones controlling our flights, air controllers in some ways have even more power since they are directing not one, but many planes at the same time. Miscalculations or mistakes on their part can result not only in single plane accidents but in collisions involving more than one plane.

Other causes of a plane accident

Bird strikes, against the windshield or into the motor, as well as poor maintenance of runways can also cause or contribute to plane accidents. 

Who’s to blame for your plane accident?

The talented attorneys at Levin & Malkin will use their sophisticated negotiation and litigation strategies to ensure that the party who harmed you is held fully accountable for all you have suffered. Whether the defendant is:

  • The pilot and/or the airline
  • The air controller
  • The repair crew
  • The airport maintenance crew
  • The manufacturer of a defective part 

Above all, we will fight vigorously to win you appropriate compensation for all the pain — physical, emotional, and financial — that you have endured.

What Levin & Malkin Will Do To Win You Just Damages

Our plane accident attorneys are not only competent legal representatives; they are also compassionate people. We understand that you and your loved ones have been through enormous trauma, whether you were personally injured or suffered the tragic loss of a family member in a plane accident. Either way, Levin & Malkin is fully prepared to do whatever it takes to get you the damages you are entitled to as the result of a severe injury or a wrongful death.

Among the actions we will take to protect your rights are:

  • Examining all recorded and substantiated facts concerning the crash
  • Following every aspect of the investigation into the accident closely
  • Seeking evidence of prior accidents, inspection records, manufacturing defects and possible misconduct on the part of the pilot, air controllers, or airline
  • Poring over your medical records
  • Consulting with experts in related fields(e.g. medicine, aviation, or meteorology) with an eye toward having them testify on your behalf in a court of law  

Because our attorneys have decades of experience in personal injury law, and a history of successful verdicts and settlements, you can depend on us to work tirelessly in your best interests.

Plane Accident Damages Which Levin & Malkin Can Win for You 

When someone else’s negligence causes you severe personal injury, the law is on your side and so are we. You deserve compensation for both economic damages (costs that can actually be tallied) and non-economic damages (intangible losses). In cases in which there was malicious or criminal intention, such as an airline continuing to use a part known to be defective, or a pilot flying while impaired by alcohol or drugs, the court may also award you punitive damages.

Compensatory damages include monetary payment for:

  • Medical and rehabilitative costs
  • Lost income, present and future
  • Lost property
  • Nursing and/or household care
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Funeral costs and loss of income and comfort in cases of wrongful death

Having worked with so many personal injury clients, and been touched by each individual’s story, we have an uncommon understanding of the enormity of the trauma you have experienced. We know that your recovery will be long and difficult and we want to help all we can. Our goal is to get you and your family the significant resources you need to provide you with comfort and security now and going forward.

Contact Levin & Malkin To Protect Your Rights

Although commercial air travel is safe 99.9 percent of the time, if you have suffered the awful consequences of a plane crash, this statistic is little consolation. The sooner you call on our dedicated plane accident attorneys, the sooner we will take over all the legal and logistical matters so you can relax and concentrate on healing.

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