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How Do You Deal with the Devastation of an Aviation Accident?

Obtaining justice for serious injuries in the air or on the ground

Aviation accidents range from collisions between aircraft in the air or on the ground to in-flight accidents caused by overhead bin malfunctions or injuries occurring during turbulence. In Massachusetts, victims of these accidents can turn to the Boston firm of Swartz & Lynch LLP for skilled, experienced representation by attorneys who fight to get them justice. We seek full and fair compensation for clients injured in aviation accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2008, there were 1,304,000 passenger car accidents resulting in injuries and 14,587 fatalities. In that same year, there were 1,659 plane accidents and 566 fatalities in all U.S. civil aviation categories. While you are more likely to be injured in a car accident, your chances of surviving a plane crash are far less likely.

What aviation accident victims want to know: How did this happen?

While large commercial airline accidents grab the headlines — like the July 2013 crash in San Francisco or the 1973 disaster at Logan Airport — most accidents occur in the category of general aviation, which encompasses all nonmilitary civil aviation operations except scheduled or nonscheduled commercial air transport. In fact, general aviation accidents happen at a rate “about 6 times higher than small commuter and air taxi operations and over 40 times higher than larger transport category operations,” according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Some common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Aircraft defect or component defect
  • Instrument failure
  • Aircraft maintenance issues
  • Pilot error
  • Air traffic control (ATC) errors
  • Turbulence or weather-related problems

What aviation accident victims need to know: It takes an experienced lawyer to file a successful accident claim

As personal injury attorneys, we know that it takes hard work and dedication to obtain maximum compensation for a client. Aviation accidents are especially complex and may include multiple-party liability, whether it involves a private plane, airliner, helicopter, ultralight aircraft or cargo plane. Federal authorities are called in to investigate crashes and other airline accidents, with the main agencies being the NTSB and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Your attorney must know how to work with these agencies and call upon experts in fields ranging from traffic control to metallurgy to build a case.

If your accident involves a major airline, we can also discuss the Family Assistance Act with you. Enacted in 1996, it provides assistance to families following an aviation disaster by establishing grief counseling and support and a communications network, among other services.

Most importantly, your Swartz & Lynch attorney fights to recover all your damages so that you can heal and move on in your life. If you have lost a family member in a tragic plane crash, we can file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.

Providing know-how, dedication and advocacy for victims of aviation accidents

With nearly 75 years of combined experience helping people get maximum compensation for their injuries, we at Swartz & Lynch LLP know how to build solid strategies that work, and we have the track record to prove it. To learn more about how we can help you, please contact an injury lawyer online or call us at 857-250-0664 to schedule a consultation. All initial consultations are free, and all cases are taken on contingency.

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