Steps to Take After an Aviation Accident
Written by AskTheLawyers.com™ on behalf of Michael E. Trauscht with The Law Office Of Michael Trauscht.
Aviation accidents or any accident involving any kind of aircraft tends to be severe, resulting in life-threatening injuries or even death. Regardless of whether the aircraft was privately or commercially owned, the same steps may be necessary after an accident. If you or a loved one were injured in an aviation accident, it’s important to know what options for recovery may be available to you, as well as how to seek out those options yourself. If someone is killed or too badly injured in an aviation accident to take the following steps on their own, a loved one is encouraged to do so on their behalf.
Steps to take after an aviation accident include the following:
- Seek medical care. This step basically goes without saying, but if you or a loved one are injured in an aviation accident, emergency medical attention is the first step. The injuries sustained in these accidents are often catastrophic and deserve attention right away. Even if someone’s injuries do not appear life-threatening, it is still essential to seek immediate medical care right away in addition to follow-up appointments to continue checking and treating the injury. Having an official medical record detailing what injury occurred, how, and when, will all help prove your damages in court.
- Take pictures. If possible, take pictures of the scene of the crash, or have a friend or loved one do so on your behalf. In fact, even an accident attorney can do this for you if you are unable to get to the scene. This, in addition to other evidence an attorney can obtain, can help reconstruct what happened just before, during, and after the accident.
- Collect records. Any records having to do with the injury, accident, or aircraft could be valuable to your case. For commercial aviation accidents, this might be as simple as tracking down your receipts and itinerary from the airline, whereas for private aviation accidents flight logs and additional records may also be available. If you are having trouble collecting these or other types of evidence you believe may be important to your case, talk to an attorney; aviation accident attorneys know exactly what evidence to look for and how to obtain it.
- Talk to an aviation accident attorney. Aviation accidents are almost always severe, and deserve the attention of an attorney. If money is a question, it may help to note that most of these attorneys offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means clients don’t pay unless they make a financial recovery for their case. Aviation accidents typically involve a variety of parties and technical evidence which can be difficult for the average person to get ahold of on their own; additionally, an aviation accident attorney can help identify not only current damages but potential future damages that may arise as a result of someone’s severe injury or wrongful death.
Aircraft pilots are required to adhere to strict safety standards and protocol. If the negligent or wrongful conduct of a pilot, airline, maintenance provider, or airport results in the injury or death of a loved one, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Aviation accidents are serious; if you were injured or lost a loved one in an aviation accident, talk to an attorney as soon as possible.