Texas Aviation Accident Lawyers

Have You Been Injured in an Airplane or Helicopter Accident?

Each year, hundreds of people are killed and thousands more are injured in aviation accidents. Victims of these accidents face a number of difficult tasks — one of them is navigating their way through the legal issues involved with receiving compensation for their injuries.

Hiring an aviation accident attorney may be useful in providing essential help for victims and their families during these trying times.

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Thomas J. Henry Handles All Types of Airplane, Helicopter, and Aviation Accidents

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), there were 1,290 civil aviation accidents in the United States in 2014. Of these accidents, 265 were fatal, resulting in 444 deaths. The majority of these aviation accidents (94.7 percent) were categorized as general aviation aircraft, which includes:

  • Airplanes
  • Helicopters
  • Gliders
  • Balloons
  • Blimps
  • Gyrocrafts
  • Powered parachutes

In 2014, only 68 (5.3 percent) of the aviation accidents involved aircraft categorized as commercial air carriers or private, commuter/on-demand planes. However, when the unimaginable happens on a large aircraft — during takeoff or landing, in the air, or taxiing — serious injuries and death often follow.

Aviation accidents may be rare, but you and your loved ones deserve to be represented by a personal injury firm with the resources and determination to take on the largest airline companies in the world if tragedy strikes.

Liability in an Aviation Accident Lawsuit

Liability is largely dependent on the cause of the accident. For example, if the accident was caused by traffic control, the federal government could be liable, as they are responsible for air traffic control. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident involving an aircraft, the following entities may be held accountable:

  • Pilot – If the pilot’s negligence caused the accident, he/she may be liable. The same is true for the pilot’s employer.
  • The owner of the aircraft – Even if the owner was not piloting the plane at the time of the accident, they can be sued for “vicarious liability.” The owner may be liable for negligence in hiring an ill-trained pilot or for supplying a defective airplane.
  • Manufacturer of the plane – If the crash occurred because of an equipment defect, the manufacturer of the plane may be to blame. This would fall into the category of “product liability” or “strict liability.”
  • The federal government – The federal government, through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), is responsible for Air Traffic Control. If an aviation accident is caused by an air traffic control error, the liability may lie with the FAA.

Contact an Experienced Aviation Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving an aircraft, contact Thomas J. Henry. We represent victims injured in plane crashes, hot air balloon accidents, skydiving accidents, and any other incident involving aviation vehicles. Our experienced aviation accident and injury attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to evaluate your claim.

Contact us today for a free legal consultation so we can determine if you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide.

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Your Aviation Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following an aviation accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

There are a multitude of different types of expert witnesses, from doctors to accident reconstructionists, all playing a unique role in personal injury litigation. However, most expert witnesses fall into two categories: consulting expert and testifying expert.

Consulting experts, help explain and clarify facts so that your attorney can better understand a situation. In a trucking accident, a consulting expert may be called to provide professional insight on the intricacies of trucking regulations, which can vary by state.

While a consulting expert typically does not testify in open court, the information they provide can play a vital role in supporting your trucking accident claim.

A testifying expert is someone who will deliver testimony in the courtroom. This requires that they not only posses special expertise, but also an ability to deliver complicated information in a manner that is easily understood.

Some expert witnesses will fill both of these duties during the course of a lawsuit, consulting with your attorney privately as the facts of your case are gathered and then presenting any relevant information to the judge or jury.

An expert witness, also known as a judicial expert, is an additional witness who has expertise and specialized knowledge in a particular subject that is beyond what an average person may have.

Expert witnesses can be called upon to offer their expert opinion to the court or to refute inaccurate testimony given by the defense. Because of their expertise and high ethical standards, testimony from an expert witness can go a long way in proving your trucking injury claim.

In Texas, pain and suffering is a type of damage available in a personal injury claim, such as in an auto accident case. Pain and suffering addresses the physical and mental trauma that a person experienced in an accident, in the aftermath of the accident, and during any medical procedures that were needed as a result. In many auto accident cases, establishing significant pain and suffering is one of the most important pieces of a personal injury claim or lawsuit.

Catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, cause tremendous pain and suffering. Auto accidents oftentimes leave victims with severe, long-lasting and debilitating physical injuries that can also lead to mental and emotional injuries. In these cases, pain and suffering (physically and mentally) is often easy to recognize. However, the amount awarded for pain and suffering is ultimately left up to a jury’s decision.

In order to successfully show the extent of an injured victim’s pain and suffering, it is imperative to have thorough and exhaustive documentation of medical treatments and therapies from physicians, surgeons, nurses, and psychologists. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you with this process and also help with presenting your case clearly and convincingly before a jury.

During your initial meeting with an injury attorney, you will be asked many questions regarding the accident and the injuries you sustained. You should also be prepared to ask the attorney questions of your own. It can be helpful to create a list of questions you have for the attorney prior to the meeting so you don’t forget anything when you get there.

Important questions to ask your prospective accident attorney include:

  • How long have you been practicing law in this practice area?
  • What is your track record of succeeding in these cases?
  • Do you have trial experience?
  • How much will it cost to hire you?

One of the most important questions to ask your lawyer is how they charge for services and if a consultation costs you anything upfront. Our firm offers free case reviews and charges on a contingency basis.

Before your meeting, gather all of the evidence you collected from the accident and anything that may be related to your injuries, such as:

  • Photographs of the accident scene, damage to your car and other vehicles involved, your injuries, or anything else pertaining to the incident
  • Copy of a police report or accident report
  • List of names, phone numbers, or addresses of witnesses you spoke with at the scene
  • Medical records

If you received medical attention after your accident, bring any records or documents showing the procedures or treatment you had completed, the names and contact information of the doctors or medical professionals you saw, what future treatment may be recommended, and the costs associated with your care. In addition, bring medical and auto insurance information with you, if you have them.

Other documents that you may have that you should bring to your first meeting with a lawyer include:

  • Letters or emails you received from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer
  • Name and phone number of the at-fault driver from the accident (and their insurance company’s information)
  • Contact information of any insurance company or claims adjusters that you have spoken with
  • Receipts of anything you purchased to remedy an injury or repair due to the accident

In general, bring any evidence, documents, or information related to your injuries and the accident with you to your initial consultation with your attorney. The more information you bring, the quicker and easier your lawyer can evaluate your case and provide you with the next steps to take. To keep the documents organized and to avoid losing anything, keep all of these in an envelope or folder that you can then bring with you to the law office (or wherever you meet your attorney).

If an insurance company offers you a check right away, do not sign it. When an insurance company seems overly eager to settle a claim, it is because they are trying to limit their liability or they are trying to beat out future damages that have yet to be identified. As such, many checks will include release language benefiting the insurer.

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Representing injured victims from across the United States.

No matter the injury or the accident, if you or a loved one were harmed due to the negligence of an individual or company, Thomas J. Henry is here to assist you.

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