Representing Clients with a Small Plane Accident Lawsuit
Although small plane accidents are more likely to have survivors than large commercial or international aviation accidents, these crashes are more frequent and serious injuries are common.
At Bowles & Verna LLP, we can help you. In 25 years as a law firm, our small plane crash attorneys have built a record of successful small plane accident personal injury litigation. As a 23-attorney law firm, we are small enough to remain nimble and efficient yet large enough to handle all aspects of your case. We have a great diversity among our attorneys to help with complications in a trial, and we have the financial resources to fund your case even if it gets more complex and lasts a lot longer than anticipated.
Practical Issues With Small Plane Accident Personal Injury Litigation
There are a few issues in small plane accident litigation that makes these cases more complicated:
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires Airbus, Boeing and other major domestic airlines to carry adequate insurance, but small plane owners and pilots are only required to carry a $100,000 insurance policy. This is woefully inadequate for this type of accident. We can usually find ways to increase the insurance limit and bring other parties into the lawsuit to obtain adequate compensation for our clients' losses.
If you or a loved one has been in a small plane crash, you have probably already received a call from an insurance company saying that they have a $100,000 policy. Most people at this point think that this is all they will be able to recover. You deserve to be compensated at a much higher level if you have suffered catastrophic injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one. Contact us. We have handled numerous cases like this and obtained a lot more for our clients.
Causation and evidentiary issues
Private planes are often in unregulated air space, so there is no Air Traffic Control contact with the plane when it goes down. This makes it much more difficult to uncover the factual details surrounding a crash.
Finding fault and liability
What we commonly refer to as "pilot error" rarely involves only the pilot. Especially on small commercial planes, the pilot is often an employee in the regular course of business or a contractor. Not only will the pilot not necessarily be liable, but in almost every case, the pilot will personally lack the money to provide compensation for a small plane personal injury judgment. Our attorneys know how to seek out larger and more appropriate entities — the pilot's employer, the airline manufacturer or the entity responsible for maintenance of the craft — to ensure that our clients get fully compensated for their losses.
We have the experience and skill to navigate these complications. We represent anyone who has suffered catastrophic injuries or the wrongful death of a loved one in a small plane crash, including private plane pilots and owners, passengers of small commercial planes, land owners and other people on the ground who were caught in the accident radius.
Contact a California Private Jet Crash Lawyer - Free Consultations
If you have been in a plane accident or lost a loved one in a small jet crash, you can sit down with one of our experienced lawyers. We can listen to your story and discuss your legal options. Either call (925) 935-3300 or e-mail the firm for a free consultation.
“With 24 lawyers and a total of 50 employees on our team, we have the resources to do battle with major insurance companies and corporate defendants.” Attorney Michael Verna