Plane crashes almost always result in catastrophic, permanent injuries or death.
Lawsuits against airlines are complex, and their insurance companies have significant resources to defend themselves in lawsuits following an aviation accident. You need an experienced wrongful death attorney who understands aviation law and can protect your rights to get you or a loved one compensation following these terrible events. We have successfully represented clients in private, commercial, and international aviation accidents.
South Florida is one of the biggest international travel hubs in the world. In 2018, over 30 million international passengers flew in or out of the Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International Airport. We have significant experience pursuing claims in South Florida for negligence, wrongful death, and products liability following aviation accidents, and we have the resources to stand up to these billion-dollar corporations.
Plane crashes occur for a multitude of reasons. Mechanical problems, poor maintenance, faulty design, or negligent manufacturing may lead to strict liability in aviation accidents. Bad weather can reduce visibility or cause an equipment malfunction, and the pilot or airline may be negligent in handling the bad weather. In fact, pilot error itself accounts for nearly 50% of plane crashes and has been at the core of many aviation lawsuits.
If you or a loved one was the victim of an international aviation accident, you need our experienced aviation injury attorneys to help you navigate the complex international laws that govern these claims. The complexity of international aviation law has existed for almost a century. The “Warsaw Convention,” ratified by 152 countries in 1929, provided a legal regime to protect passengers, their belongings, and cargo on international flights. It was the first of three major international agreements designed to refine rules for allowing passengers to file claims against airlines.
The “Montreal Convention” is the modern version of the Warsaw Convention. It allows aviation lawsuits to be filed from where the plane departed, where the ticket was purchased, or where the airline’s headquarters are located. The Montreal Convention holds air carriers automatically liable for proven damages up to a limit specified in treaty: 113,100.00 Special Drawing Rights (which act as a foreign exchange alternative to currency) or about $170,000 as of 2019. Passengers injured on international flights could be entitled to even more damages, but the air carrier may avoid liability by proving the accident was not caused by their negligence.
South Florida is home to many major airlines, which means you have the opportunity to file your aviation injury lawsuit here, with the help of the experienced aviation attorneys at Mase Seitz Briggs. Our firm has years of experience holding international air carriers liable for damages under the Montreal Convention in Florida.