How safe is it to island hop on small planes? Recently, a 15-year-old Atlanta girl was killed in a small plane crash in Puerto Rico while on a flight from San Juan to Culebra Island.
Per WRBL-TV, the Air America plane crashed off the coast of Pinones, which is east of San Juan. Reportedly, the plane had just taken off from Puerto Rico’s main international airport in San Juan prior to the crash. In addition to claiming the life of the 15-year-old girl, two of the girl’s travel companions, a 14-year-old girl and her 48-year-old father, suffered severe burns in the crash and were hospitalized. The plane’s 22-year-old pilot was also injured in the incident.
People who were swimming and sunbathing near the crash site rescued the pilot, 14-year-old girl and 48-year-old father. They reached the crash site using kayaks. As of this writing, the cause of the plane crash was still under investigation.
Is the Airline Supposed to Cover My Hospital Bills After a Plane Crash?
In the wake of a plane crash, survivors and their families are often just thankful to be alive. However, in the weeks and months to come, the reality of what happened will set in, especially if crash survivors suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the incident.
In the following video, aviation accident attorney Curtis Miner explains whether airlines pay for the medical expenses of passengers who were involved in crashes while on their planes.
Airplane accidents are often catastrophic, resulting in death or serious personal injuries for survivors. When there are survivors of an airplane accident, they will face increasing medical bills, healthcare costs, rehabilitation and more. Often, they do not have the money to pay these mounting expenses, especially since they likely are not working to bring in an income at that time. In this video, our aviation attorney explains that for his and his law firm’s past cases against commercial airlines, the companies often advanced the costs of medical bills while litigation was pending.
Colson Hicks Eidson has represented many individuals involved in plane crashes and families who have lost loved ones in accidents. We have successfully brought claims for wrongful death and products liability against major airplane manufacturers, including McDonnel Douglas, Boeing and Airbus. Reach our aviation attorneys by telephone at (305) 476-7400 or by filling out a contact form at www.colson.com.
If you’ve been the victim of an aviation accident and you’ve suffered serious injuries that require ongoing medical treatment or physical therapy and you’re not able to work, the most immediate concern you have may be, how am I going to support myself? How am I going to pay these medical bills? I need to continue with this treatment. How am I going to be able to afford it? And often times in these cases, particularly cases where it’s a clear case that the airline is going to be responsible because it’s pilot error. Negotiations can be had with the airline, with its insured, have them cover the medical bills directly. Have the doctors and physical therapists and other medical providers submit their bills directly to the airline. We’ve done that in a number of cases in the past. And also advances can be obtained from the airline. In others words, it’s almost like a loan form the airline to help you with your immediate needs with the understanding that any settlement or judgement or recovery at the end of the day, that amount will be deducted. For more information, call Colson Hicks Eidson at 305-476-7400, or visit our website, Colson.com.