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What happens if a family member is in a plane crash?

Many people are afraid of flying, despite the statistics that show it is a relatively safe way to travel great distances. But some fears can be founded when there are problems with one or more of the many systems that keep a jet functioning from takeoff to landing. The fear here is that something went wrong that could have been prevented.

  • What preventable problems could cause a plane crash?

Jets require a lot of maintenance, especially as they approach the end of their use life. Even the smallest mistake or omission by a member of the flight crew or ground crew could result in a disaster. Design and manufacturing defects that occurred in the early phases of a plane's construction could eventually lead to problems as well.

  • What are victims and their families entitled to after a crash?

If a crash was due one of these issues or pilot error among others, the victims may be entitled to financial damages. This may be offered in a settlement by the airline or airplane manufacturer or claimed in a lawsuit in civil court.

  • What kinds of damages?

The two main types are economic and noneconomic. Economic damages have real monetary values, like the expenses involved at the end of life and any loss of income. The other kind has more to do with pain, suffering and emotional distress caused by an accident.

  • Who can help with these claims?

An attorney can help review a settlement offer or initiate a claim after an international flight disaster. A lawyer can help make sense of a very confusing and complicated situation.

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