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What options are available following an aviation accident?

Aviation accidents can be catastrophic for victims and their families and may leave victims and their families wondering what resources are available to them following an aviation accident. Depending on the circumstances of the aviation accident, and the cause of the aviation accident, different parties may be liable to compensate victims for the damages they have suffered.

If the aviation accident was caused by human error, the owner or operator of the airplane may be responsible for the harm victims have suffered and liable to compensate them for their damages. If the aviation accident was caused by some type of mechanical failure, the manufacturer of the plane or others such as the maintenance supplier involved in the manufacturing process may be responsible for the harm victims have suffered and liable to compensate them for their damages.

Because of the different causes that may lead to an aviation accident, legal claims associated with aviation accidents can be complicated. As is true of personal injury claims, important time limits are outlined by statute and may vary by state so it is important to understand the laws in your state if you wish to bring a legal claim for damages associated with an aviation accident. Victims may be able to recover compensation for the medical expenses, lost wages of pain and suffering damages suffered in an aviation accident.

A legal claim for damages can help victims recover damages for the physical, financial and emotional harm suffered in an aviation accident. An aviation accident can be an unexpectedly horrifying and tragic event in the lives of victims and families which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources available to help them.

Source: Injury.findlaw.com, "Aviation Accidents - FAQ," Accessed July 27, 2017

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