Representing Families of the Victims of Aviation Accidents in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Aviation accidents can and do occur, despite the safety measures and technology in place to prevent them. When an aviation accident occurs, crewmembers, pilots and passengers often sustain serious injuries and even death.
At Cogan & Power, our Chicago aviation accident lawyers focus on representing the family members of the victims of fatal accidents, including fatal airplane accidents, fatal auto accidents, fatal truck accidents, fatal bus accidents, and fatal railroad accidents. We also represent the families of the victims of fatal medical malpractice errors. As a result of our vast experience, we have obtained numerous substantial verdicts and settlements in wrongful death cases, including a $13 million settlement in a commercial trucking accident and a $6.8 million verdict in an auto accident case.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal aviation accident, contact the Chicago aviation lawyers at Cogan & Power at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss a possible wrongful death claim.
Causes of Aviation Accidents
The causes of aviation accidents are often difficult to determine, since evidence may be lost, damaged or destroyed in the course of a crash. It can be particularly hard to determine the causes of incidents involving small planes, since maintenance logs and personnel records may not be as rigorous and transparent as they are for commercial airlines. In these circumstances, it is especially important to seek counsel that has detailed personal knowledge of the aviation industry. At Cogan & Power, our Chicago aviation attorneys have the experience necessary to conduct a thorough investigation and we are committed to helping our clients recover physically, financially, and emotionally, including seeking maximum compensation.
Some common causes of fatal aviation accidents include:
- Altimeter failure
- Engine failure
- Pilot error
- Air traffic control error
Types of Wrongful Death Damages
The plaintiff in a wrongful death action involving a fatal aviation accident may be entitled to receive compensation from the airline, airport, or other negligent party for the following:
- Medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future income and benefits
- Loss of future inheritance
- Loss of parental guidance (if decedent has minor children)
- Loss of spousal companionship, protection and care
- Grief, sorrow and mental suffering of surviving spouse and next of kin
- Pain and suffering of the decedent prior to death
- Punitive damages (if defendant’s actions were intentional)
Act Quickly to Protect Your Rights
Wrongful death laws include strict time limitations (called statutes of limitations) governing when a lawsuit can be filed. Accordingly, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. By enlisting the help of an experienced Illinois wrongful death attorney like those at Cogan & Power, you can promptly begin the legal analysis, factual investigation, and document preparation necessary to bring a successful wrongful death action.
Do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 477-2500 to discuss a possible wrongful death claim and learn more about the types of damages to which you may be entitled. We take cases on a contingency basis, so you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.