Magana Cathcart & McCarthy

Aviation Accidents

Aviation accidents frequently result in some of the most serious and catastrophic injuries encountered in the area of personal injury law, and the attorneys at Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy apply their skill and decades of experience toward securing the maximum compensation available to people who are injured due to the negligence or wrongful conduct of airplane manufacturers, airlines, and their employees.

Aviation litigation is an extremely complex area of law, often involving state, federal, and international laws and courts in a single incident. The attorneys at Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy are experts in aviation law and have been involved in many landmark aviation cases, pioneering theories of liability and obtaining significant settlements and verdicts in major crashes.

Given the devastation and destruction that accompanies an airplane or helicopter crash, determining the cause and liability of the accident is often a complicated matter. As aircraft owners and pilots themselves, our lawyers understand the care and caution required to pilot and maintain aircraft in a safe manner. One of our partners also has six years of experience as an on-scene aviation accident investigator. As a team, our firm possesses unparalleled experience and insight into both the legal and technical aspects of aviation accident cases.

Multiple Causes and Theories of Liability

Many accidents are initially attributed to pilot error, but it is always important to conduct a thorough investigation of any crash to determine whether pilot error was indeed a factor, and whether other factors may have contributed as well. There are many crew members responsible for maintaining an aircraft in good working order, and negligence on the part of any one of them may be disastrous. The airline itself must follow proper procedures regarding training and supervision of its employees, keeping only fit planes in service, and otherwise exercising due care in its operations. Also, the aircraft manufacturer may be liable under a products liability theory due to a defect in the design or manufacture of the craft. Holding the proper party or parties accountable is essential to achieving a just outcome for the injured party, including fair compensation and effecting change to prevent future similar accidents from occurring.

In addition to their expertise and insight into determining the cause of the crash, the legal skill and experience of the attorneys in our firm ensures that we competently handle the intricate legal issues related to liability in an aviation accident, such as the limits of insurance coverage, the applicability of FAA regulations to the craft in question, and the availability of defenses to liability such as the Statute of Repose under laws such as the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA ).

The Right Attorneys for
Your Aviation Case

Given the many unique issues and circumstances surrounding aviation litigation, we have created a website specifically devoted to the causes and liability involved in aviation accidents. Please visit our Aviation Law Information Website for more information and links to valuable resources which may be useful if you or a loved one has been injured in an aviation accident. For immediate assistance, contact Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy to speak with one of our experienced aviation accident attorneys.


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