What Plane Accident Compensation is Available After a Crash?

International Aviation Lawyer with Office in Florida Explains Damages

Aviation accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries for passengers and leave families of fatal accidents grieving. In this video, nationwide aviation lawyer Curtis B. Miner provides a general overview of injury claims and what types of damages a plane crash victim may be able to recover. The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson is located near Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, but has more than 40 years representing nationwide clients. If you have been involved in a domestic or international airplane accident, contact our Florida aviation accident attorneys at (305) 476-7400, or fill out our online case review form.

Video Transcription:

If a passenger has been in an airline accident, the types of damages that they can recover can vary widely depending on whether it’s an accident that’s covered by the Warsaw Convention, the Montreal Convention or neither. Let me talk just in the most general terms. When someone has been in an aviation accident, or someone has been in a car accident or other type of accident for that matter, typically, the types of damages that you’re allowed to recover are the pain and suffering they’ve experienced for any physical injury that you suffered; that’s one. Two, you’ll be able to recover the medical expenses that you’ve incurred to treat yourself for those physical injuries, both past and future. If you’re going to need future medical treatment, that’s recoverable as well. Three, you should be able to recover for mental trauma, emotional distress that you’ve experienced, whether as a result of being in the accident or that arise from the physical injuries that you’ve suffered. And four, you should be able to recover the lost income you may have – if you had to miss work and weren’t paid for it; if you’re unable to work. These are all general categories of damages that you’re typically allowed to recover in an accident. Now, in aviation accidents, it can vary widely because if you’re in an international accident, the law that governs could be a foreign jurisdiction’s law. It could be the law of France. It could be the law of Spain. It could be the law of Nigeria. Or, if your case is governed by an international treaty like the Montreal Convention, the Warsaw Convention, it could be defined by the treaty. For more information, call us (305) 476-7400 and got to our website, Colson.com, and fill out a form.