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Aviation Litigation

ROBERTSON, JOHNSON, MILLER & WILLIAMSON’S EXPERIENCE in aviation litigation includes providing representation in numerous areas. Using our in-depth understanding of the technical, mechanical and engineering issues underlying aircraft crash and incident lawsuits, we defend clients against allegations of causation and negligence. Persons involved in an aviation-related accident need to obtain an attorney who is familiar and experienced with the highly specialized and complicated field of aviation law which governs the operation of aircraft and the maintenance of aviation facilities. Both federal and state governments have enacted statutes and created administrative agencies to regulate air traffic.

TURBULENCE IS THE LEADING CAUSE of in-flight injuries for occupants and crewmembers. There are numerous reports of people who have been seriously injured when turbulence occurs and occupants are moving about the passenger cabin. During turbulence, people who are injured were not wearing their seatbelt and were ignoring the crew’s advice of keeping it on even when the light is not flashing to have it on. Of course, people must use the restroom or get up to stretch while on a flight, but when occupants are not doing these things they should always keep their seatbelt fastened. You never know when turbulence may hit.

IF A CRASH OCCURS within a state’s territorial waters, or on land, state aviation law will generally allow damages for medical & funeral expenses, loss of victim’s anticipated earnings in the future until time of retirement, loss of pension benefits (or some inheritances) caused by the victim’s death, pain and suffering or mental anguish to the survivors, loss of care, protection or companionship to survivors. Knowing the aviation laws that apply to the specific situation of the victims/survivors allows an attorney to properly prepare clients for what to expect, as well as to recover all funds to which the plaintiff is entitled.

OUR EXPERIENCE INCLUDES WORKING WITH the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) during the often complex and high-stakes investigation process. One of Robertson, Johnson, Miller & Williamson’s aviation attorneys is himself a pilot, and lends considerable technical expertise to our analysis of aviation crashes and is available to our clients at all times.