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Chicago Aviation Accident Lawyer

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Whether an accident occurs on an airplane or a helicopter, any type of collision that happens at a high altitude can result in serious injuries, or even worse, death. If you lost a loved one as a result of an aviation accident, it is important to take legal action in a timely manner to help determine liability.

Statute of Limitations in Illinois

In Illinois, victims of personal injury have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim, while families who have lost loved ones wrongfully also have two years from the date of death to file a claim (735 ILCS 5/13-202). If you were injured on a plane, or in an aviation crash of some sort, contact the Chicago aviation accident attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith quickly, because time is of the essence in these claims!

When negligence plays a part in an aviation accident, legal action is a possibility. As the family of an aviation accident victim, you can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of your loved one. Nothing can bring back your lost loved one, but seeking monetary compensation can help deliver justice and help you bear the financial burden you may be facing.

Who investigates aviation accidents?

The National Transportation Safety Board was established in 1967 to investigate all aviation accidents in the United States. The NTSB is an independent agency that has no regulatory or enforcement power, but is primarily responsible for investigating civil aviation accidents throughout the country. If the incident takes place outside the U.S., the investigation is primarily handled by the country the plane was in at the time.

Aviation accident investigations can take months, although sometimes they can be resolved in a matter of weeks. Since the NTSB was established, it has investigated more than 132,000 accidents.

Aviation Statistics from the NTSB

According to the NTSB, in 2013, the most recent year from which data is available, there were 1,298 total aviation accidents in the United States. 236 of those were fatal crashes, resulting in 429 fatalities.

The year prior, there were 1,537 total aviation accidents in the United States, 280 of which were fatal, resulting in 449 fatalities. Aviation accident rates decreased from 2012 to 2013 by 239 accidents.

Injuries on Planes

Aviation accidents aren’t always catastrophic crashes. Sometimes, passengers are injured while on planes. These are commonly referred to as in-flight injuries. These can be caused by excessive turbulence, seat malfunctions, oxygen mask malfunctions, and failing to respond to emergency medical situations, such as heart attacks.

Learn how we can help! Call (312) 313-0202 for your free case evaluation.

Trust in Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P.

At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our team of Chicago aviation accident lawyers works hard every step of the process. We know how these situations are investigated and we know how to prove liability. We take the time to formulate a case strategy based on the facts and details of your individual case.

Our team has helped recover more than $4 billion for our clients over the course of our 30+ years of experience. We have a reputation for offering strong, reliable legal advocacy and we aim to help you through negotiations or trial. Don’t hesitate to learn more about your rights and legal options.

Contact Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. today at (312) 313-0202.

Common Aviation Questions - FAQ

  • What Should I Do If I’m in an Airplane Accident?

    A: Aviation law is complicated. If you’ve been involved in an airplane accident call an attorney as soon as possible. it’s imperative that you seek an attorney who has experience in these types of cases.

  • Do I Need An Attorney?

    A: Yes. Airplane accidents require sophisticated investigation skills to uncover who’s at fault for your injury. An experienced attorney will know how to navigate the legal aspects of your case to ensure you are taken care of.

  • What Kind of Attorney Do I Need?

    A: If you’ve been involved in an airplane accident, it’s imperative that you retain legal counsel that has extensive experience in aviation law.

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  • Experience

    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

  • Success

    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

  • Contingency Fee

    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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