Aviation Accidents FAQs

Aviation accidents, whether of small private planes, commercial jetliners, commuter planes or helicopters, may occur for many reasons: pilot error, improper maintenance, air controller negligence, inclement weather, or equipment defects. Regardless of the accident's cause, airplane accidents usually result in death, to both passengers and crew.

At the Atlanta, Georgia law office of Mitchell & Shapiro, aviation accident attorney Richard C. Mitchell handles claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones in private plane crashes, commercial jet disasters, and helicopter wrecks. Our team offers clients a proven track record of success; indeed, we have won millions of dollars on behalf of past clients.

We litigate catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims involving pilot negligence, air traffic controller error, defective parts, negligent maintenance, and failure to follow established safety protocol. If you have lost a loved on in a plane crash or other aviation accident, contact our Atlanta, Georgia, airplane accident attorneys today and schedule a free case review.

  • Who can file an aviation accident wrongful death lawsuit?

    • Dependents and immediate family members (including parents, spouses, and children) are almost always eligible to file an airplane accident wrongful death lawsuit. Minors may need an adult guardian to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Under some circumstances other family members may be permitted to file suit.
  • Who can be held liable for airplane accidents?

    • There is a long list of potential defendants in any serious airplane accident case. They include:
      • The pilot
      • Owners and lessors of the airplane
      • Employer of the pilot
      • Manufacturers and suppliers of component parts
      • Repairers
      • Chart publishers
      • Air traffic controllers
      • The Federal Aviation Administration
    • To ensure our clients achieve fair compensation for their injuries, Georgia aviation accident attorney will identify as many potential defendants as possible for your claim.
  • What damages are recoverable in aviation accident cases?

    • After an airplane accident wrongful death, insurance companies often push for immediate settlement. The family of a victim should contact an experienced wrongful death attorney and fully assess the ramifications of their loss.
    • If wrongful death can be proven, the bereaved may be able to achieve compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost wages (including future earnings), lost benefits and inheritance, pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost companionship, and punitive damages.
  • Does an airplane need to crash for the airline to be found responsible for personal injury?

    • No. Many serious injuries occur to passengers without an airplane crashing. For instance, injuries can be caused by severe turbulence, the negligent acts of flight attendants and can even occur before take-off or after landing. The airline maintains the duty of utmost care for the safety of its passengers.

Contact Our Atlanta, Georgia Airplane Accident Attorneys

Contact Mitchell & Shapiro in Georgia today if a loved one has been injured or killed in an aviation accident. Airplane accident attorney Richard C. Mitchell and his associates provide aggressive, knowledgeable representation to Georgia's airplane and aviation accident victims. The right attorney is essential to protecting your rights, and Mitchell & Shapiro can provide some of the best available legal representation.