The saying, “planes are safer than cars,” does not reflect the harsh level of injuries that occur in a typical plane crash. In reality, the occupants of a plane are more likely to die or suffer catastrophic injury when the aircraft goes down than in the majority of car crashes. Travelers also risk injuries while at the airport, on the tarmac and in flight.
Brais Law Firm is a well-respected injury law firm that handles aviation, maritime and other complex accident claims. Our firm has substantial experience in federal regulations and international treaties that affect litigation of aviation matters. We have a proven track record of high-figure awards. In just 2014, our lawyers recovered more than $21 million for our injured clients*. For a more complete list of recoveries won by the firm on behalf of our clients please click “Results”.
We handle claims arising from accidents in gliders, small planes, chartered aircrafts, sightseeing helicopters and passenger jets. We can help you recover damages for catastrophic injuries, disabilities, scarring, disfigurement, loss of wages, loss of future earnings and the wrongful death of your loved ones.
Two federal agencies respond to every plane crash — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The FAA established regulations that govern aircraft manufacturing, flight operations and pilot protocol, among all other aviation safety matters. The NTSB steps in after a crash occurs to investigate the cause and recommend future safety standards.
These agencies use highly sophisticated methods to determine the cause of a plane crash. If they find the black box, they have access to vital information about the moments leading up to the accident, including the pilots’ conversation and control of the instruments and the aircraft’s speed, angle, position and operations.
In addition to the black box data, the agencies reconstruct the accident using debris patterns, GPS position and air traffic control records.
Being able to dissect the investigation report is absolutely necessary to determine who is liable for an accident and to calculate and prove damages. Our Miami aviation accident lawyer has an engineering degree and in the course of his career acquired three engineering licenses with the U.S. Coast Guard.
Liability for an Airplane Injury
In 2003, the United States signed the Montreal Convention. The agreement amended certain provisions of the Warsaw Convention to protect the rights of victims of aviation disasters.
The agreement sets the framework for holding parties liable for damages arising from:
- Pilot error
- Defective aircraft
- FAA regulatory violation
- Aircraft structural and design flaws
- Air traffic controller negligence
- Airport design flaws or operational errors
Recover for Aviation Accident Catastrophic Injuries and Wrongful Death
To recover for injuries sustained in an aviation accident, you need counsel who understands the technical aspects of the claim in addition to international treaties and federal regulations. Schedule a free case evaluation at Brais Law Firm to speak to an aviation lawyer. We handle all aviation accident claims on contingency, so we do not charge you unless we recover damages for you. Our firm’s main office is located in Miami.
*Specific details regarding case and settlement results are not indications of the results of future cases and settlements, nor should they be held to be guarantees, warranties, or predictions regarding the result of representation by our firm. Furthermore, any message regarding the result of a specific case is not a promise of similar results in future cases, but rather represents the outcome of the specific legal and factual basis from which it arises.