Many Fresno residents travel on aircraft to visit friends and family, attend business meetings and conferences, and see new places. While airplanes and helicopters are generally safe, catastrophic aviation accidents can occur due to poor visibility, mechanical failures, and pilot error. If you or a loved one suffers injuries due to a negligence-caused airplane crash, you may be eligible for financial compensation—and Freedman Law can help. Our Fresno aviation accident attorneys represent Fresno residents in their claims against airlines, pilots, and other liable parties. We will fight diligently to secure the settlement you need.
Freedman Law’s Philosophy
For over 20 years, our firm has advocated for thousands of clients throughout the Central Valley. We have the skills, experience, and knowledge you need to pursue an aviation accident claim.
Our attorneys have extensive trial experience and deep knowledge of insurance company practices, personal injury law, and the Fresno court system. We will advocate aggressively to secure a maximum settlement in your case.
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis and assumes the risk for your case. You will only be charged legal fees if we secure a financial award on your behalf.
What Is the Aviation Industry Like in Fresno?
Aviation is a booming industry in Fresno. The city is a large home base for private jet charters and hangers. Several airports, airfields, and heliports are based in and around Fresno, including the following:
Fresno Yosemite International Airport
Sierra Sky Park Airport
Fresno Chandler Executive Airport
Eagle Field Airport
Community Regional Medical Center Heliport
Pacific Gas and Electric Fresno Service Center Heliport
Valley Medical Center Heliport
What Causes a Fresno Aviation Accident?
An aviation accident can be a terrifying, life-altering experience. These devastating incidents often result in fatalities and severe injuries to surviving passengers. Aircraft accidents can happen for several reasons, including poor weather, faulty equipment, and negligence on behalf of the pilot, airline, or airport.
Some of the most common causes of aviation accidents include the following.
Pilot Error: Many aviation accidents occur due to preventable pilot errors. The pilot may travel during dangerous weather, make mistakes in judgement, or become distracted while flying a plane. In serious cases, pilots operate aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Poor Maintenance: It is crucial for airlines to perform regular inspections and maintenance on their fleet of aircraft. Unfortunately, not all airlines uphold this duty. As a result, an aircraft can suffer from mechanical failures and other dangerous issues during a flight, leading to an accident.
Defective Equipment: Some aircraft equipment becomes damaged during manufacturing. In other cases, the equipment or even the aircraft itself is defective by design. Unsafe aircraft equipment can put passengers and pilots at risk.
Runway Defects: Airports have a duty to ensure that their runways and airfields are safe for landing and takeoff. If a runway has a defective design, uneven surfaces, or another condition that makes it dangerous, an aviation accident can occur.
Regulatory Violations: The aviation industry has a duty to follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. If an airline fails to uphold these regulations, dangerous accidents can occur.
Who Is Liable for an Aviation Accident?
Negligence often leads to aviation accidents. If you are injured in an aircraft crash in Fresno, you could file an aviation injury lawsuit against the person or company responsible for the accident. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages related to the accident.
Multiple parties could be liable for an aviation accident, including the following.
Air traffic controllers
Manufacturers of defective parts
Maintenance and runway crews
Other flight employees
A Fresno personal injury attorney from Freedman Law can help you identify the cause of your aircraft accident and the liable parties. Our firm will leverage valuable resources to support your claim, including statements from expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf.
Fresno Wrongful Death Claims for Aviation Accidents
Due to the catastrophic nature of aviation accidents, many people do not survive their injuries. Many Fresno families believe that they have no legal recourse after a devastating loss. However, this is not the case.
If you lost a loved one in an aviation accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. Generally, you could file a wrongful death lawsuit in Fresno if your loved one would have been able to file a personal injury claim over the same event.
Under California law, only certain individuals can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased person. Speak to an attorney at Freedman Law to determine your case eligibility.
Workers’ Compensation for Aviation Accidents
If you are injured in an aviation accident while performing your job duties, you may be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. For example, a flight attendant who breaks a bone during sudden turbulence would be eligible for this coverage. Medical staff transporting a patient to a hospital via helicopter can file a workers’ compensation claim if the aircraft crashes.
All California employers must carry this insurance in the event of an employee injury, regardless of the number of employees. You can recover the following benefits by filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Past and future medical expenses
Partial wage replacement during your recovery time
Permanent disability benefits if your accident results in long-term limitations
Death benefits to surviving family members if an employee dies on the job
It is important to remember that filing a workers’ compensation claim will prevent you from filing a lawsuit against your employer. If you believe that negligence may be involved in your accident, speak to an attorney at Freedman Law as soon as possible to identify your optimal path to compensation.
Contact a Fresno Aviation Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one was involved in an aircraft accident, Freedman Law can help. Our Fresno aviation accident attorneys can help you hold the responsible parties accountable and secure the settlement that you deserve. Reach out online or call 559-447-9000 and discuss your legal options with Fresno’s highest rated personal injury firm.