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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Family Initiates Lawsuit Over 2009 Airplane Crash

Aside from pilot error, what other factors can give rise to an airplane crash?

Airplane crashes are among the most deadly and tragic accidents that can occur, often leaving very few survivors and more questions than answers. While pilot error may be to blame in some scenarios, defects and malfunction with the airplane itself are all-too-common reasons for a mid-air tragedy, reasons that can expose airline manufacturers to significant liability.

In a recent case filed in Galveston, Texas, an adult guardian filed a lawsuit of personal injury against the manufacturer of a private aircraft that severely injured a child in her care. According to the complaint, the minor child was traveling as a passenger in a 1946 Piper Cub J3 when it suddenly lost engine capabilities while in flight. The pilot attempted to make an emergency landing, but became entangled in adjacent power lines, causing the aircraft to plummet to the ground.

As a result of the accident, the minor has had to endure significant medical interventions and will likely need lifetime care. The lawsuit further alleges that the manufacturer failed to assemble and maintain an airworthy engine, resulting in severe injury to the plaintiff.

In airplane accident lawsuits – which include both personal injury and wrongful death actions – it is not uncommon for victims to raise strict product liability claims against the manufacturer of the entire airplane and the manufacturers of its various component parts as well. Strict product liability lawsuits generally allege that the manufacturer place an unreasonably dangerous product in the stream of commerce, resulting in physical and/or financial harm to the victim. These cases often require testimony from engineering experts to help the jury better understand the ways in which airplane parts are designed to work, and how the defendant’s parts did not comply with industry standards.

If you were recently injured in an automobile, airplane, motorcycle or boating accident in Texas, and believe malfunction may be to blame, please contact an experienced personal injury attorney  Sawicki Law Firm today: 1-888-468-8844.

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