Albuquerque and Mesa Airplane Accident Lawyer
Wood Injury Law, PLLC advocates for victims and families after aviation accidents.
Airplane Accident Lawyer in New Mexico and Arizona
You’ve likely heard you have a higher risk of being injured or killed on the roadways than while flying. That can give you a false sense of security when boarding an airplane, but accidents do happen and often cause catastrophic injuries. Sadly, these injuries can lead to a lifetime of pain and disability or even the loss of life. Suppose you or a loved one was the victim of an aviation accident. In that case, you might be eligible to collect compensation to use for medical bills, replace lost wages, pay for funeral expenses, and more.
While most personal injury law firms set up consultations with staff members, you’ll speak directly to our airplane accident lawyer. Then the attorney can go over the evidence to see if you have a case. If you do, our attorney can take the next steps to help you file a claim for compensation. Contact us today to start the process.
Common Causes of Airplane Accidents
Our airplane accident lawyer handles all types of claims. Often, these accidents are caused by:
- Pilot error
- Ground crew error
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Bad weather
- Passenger negligence
- Improper loading of cargo
- Obstructions on the runway
Establishing Fault In Aviation Accidents
Aviation accidents are among the most complex of personal injury cases due to the numerous factors that can cause injuries and deaths. While one party might be at fault, your airplane accident lawyer could discover that two or more parties caused the accident. If the accident occurred in a commercial plane, the airline might be held responsible, even if it was caused by pilot error or lack of maintenance. However, the pilot can be held accountable along with the airline in some cases. Additionally, the manufacturer could be at fault for letting a defective product go into service.
A proper investigation is needed to determine who is at fault. First, evidence collected by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration can help you build your case. Additionally, your airplane accident lawyer might consult with expert witnesses such as engineers, air traffic controllers, and pilots to determine the cause of the accident.
Settling With The Insurance Company
Airlines are heavily insured, and the insurance companies typically reach out to offer settlements right after accidents. This is true in cases of injury and wrongful death. People are frightened and out of sorts right after an accident, so it’s hard to think of long-term needs. Additionally, the extent of their injuries might not be known yet.
If you accept a settlement offer, you won’t be able to make another legal claim after you have a better idea of the financial ramifications of the injury or fatality. Fortunately, you can hire an airplane accident lawyer to negotiate for you. Then the insurance company won’t be able to contact you directly. Instead, all communications will go through your attorney. Your attorney will discuss settlement offers with you, and you can decide to accept it, continue negotiation, or take the case to court.
Why Choose Wood Injury Law?
Statute Of Limitations For Airplane Accidents In Arizona And New Mexico
Airplane accidents are considered personal injury cases, and you must file a claim before the statute of limitations expires. Our airplane accident lawyer represents clients in New Mexico and Arizona, and the statute of limitations differs between the two. New Mexico gives people up to three years from the date of the airplane accident to file a claim. However, Arizona only gives residents two years from the date to file the claim. While you have ample time after an accident, it’s wise to consult with an attorney right away while the evidence is still fresh. You can contact us to set up a free consultation with an attorney to go over your case.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
Your airplane accident lawyer must evaluate your case before valuing the claim. Numerous factors determine how much a case is worth, including the degree of negligence and the severity of the injury. Also, your long-term needs are considered when determining how much you are eligible to collect. The goal is to ensure you have enough money to care for your current and long-term needs. If you accept the first settlement offer, you could end up not having the funds necessary to arrange for long-term care, so consult with an attorney before agreeing to a settlement offer.
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