The aftermath of an airplane or helicopter crash isn’t something people usually have to go through. At Balkin Law, we have represented families who have lost loved ones in catastrophic aviation accidents and we understand you have questions. To help you through the process, we have created a list of the top 5 things you need to know after an airplane accident.

  1. The time period to file a lawsuit is short. Unfortunately, time is not on your side after a helicopter or airplane accident. The deadline to file a claim is typically six months to two years after the event.
  2. The airline might not be the only one liable. There are many factors involved in aviation crashes. Therefore, the airline might not be the only responsible party. The flight crew, manufacturer, maintenance personnel, airport operator, and air traffic controller also could be held liable.
  3. Aviation law is different. Many people don’t realize that aviation law is not the same as other types of personal injury law. There are many regulations regarding the aviation industry, often international law and treaties, and federal entities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), often get involved.
  4. You could be entitled to compensation. Depending on the details of the case, the passengers, surviving family members, pilots, and people who were on the ground at the time of the accident may be able to recover damages.
  5. The attorney you choose is crucial. Since aviation is so complex, not every lawyer is equipped to handle these cases. You need to ensure that you are working with an experienced airplane accident attorney with a strong background and track record.

For more information about aviation accident attorneys or for a free case evaluation, contact Balkin Law today by clicking here or calling us at 888-751-5908. We’re here for you.