Can I Recover Damages for Emotional Trauma after a Plane Crash?

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January 13, 2016
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Miami Aviation Accident Attorney Explains Injury Damages

If you have suffered from emotional distress following an aviation accident, whether due to the traumatic experience, personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be able to recover damages with the help of a plane accident attorney. In this video, nationwide airplane crash attorney Curtis Miner explains the types of damages available to plane crash victims.

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Video Transcription:

A very interesting area of the law, a very complicated area of the law, is the degree to which you can recover damages for the emotional trauma or the emotional distress having been through the accident. This is an area of the law that is evolving, this is the area of the law, there’s a lot of litigation that’s going on in the trial and appellate courts and it’s still not fully settled.

There are some courts that say that you can recover for the emotional distress and the trauma of having been through a terrible experience like an airline accident. There are others that say you can only recover from the emotional distress if it’s linked to the bodily injury you suffered. So if the type of injury you’ve suffered has caused you emotional distress because you’re disfigured or you’re disabled or you’re not able to do the sort of things that you used to be able to do, you can only recover that sort of emotional distress. So it’s an area that’s being fought over by lawyers who represent passengers and defense lawyers as we speak.

The types of damages you can recover are, you can recover for your bodily injury that you suffer, or god forbid if a person dies you can recover for wrongful death and the types of damages you can recover, both your medical bills past and future and the pain and suffering you have experienced for having been through these bodily injuries. You can also recover for lost income, if you missed work, if you become unable to work, you lose your job as a result of your injuries, those are types of damages you can recover as well.

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