Commercial Aviation Accident Lawyer in North Carolina
If you or a loved one was severely injured or killed in a commercial plane crash, contact the Winston-Salem law firm of Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P.
We have extensive experience investigating and presenting of the complex facts necessary to establish liability against the defendants in airline or charter service accidents.
The trial attorneys of Comerford, Chilson, & Moser can represent the victims and surviving families of those killed in aviation accidents anywhere in the country.
We have successfully represented clients in commercial aircraft disasters involving long-range commercial airliners, smaller charter or local service planes, helicopters, and even the space shuttle Challenger disaster.
We have also settled claims against the U.S. government under the Federal Tort Claims Act and against foreign state-owned air carriers and manufacturers under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.
Airlines Have Assertive Attorneys — You Need One In Your Corner
Airlines have been known to strengthen their defense through the work of investigators posing as grief counselors and support group advisers whose function is to help promote early settlements for low amounts on wrongful death claims.
In commercial aviation accidents, we make a prompt and thorough review of such factors bearing on liability as the following:
- FAA regulations and NTSB investigation protocols
- Safety checklists and failsafe sequences
- Pilot training logs, flying logs, and employment history
- Pilot error or negligence
- Aircraft inspection and maintenance logs
- Manufacturer’s safety records
- Surface bulletins concerning weather
- Air traffic control performance
- Executive decisions at financially troubled airlines that might have overextended flight personnel or compromised safety
Act Promptly Following An Airplane Accident
At Comerford, Chilson, & Moser, we accept all aviation accident cases on a contingent fee basis, and we also advance the often considerable expenses involved in making sure that your claims are properly investigated and presented.
We only collect attorneys’ fees and recover our expenses when we have achieved a favorable settlement or jury verdict on your behalf.
For a free consultation about your legal rights in the aftermath of a commercial aviation accident, call Comerford, Chilson, & Moser at (336) 568-8779 or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation. We represent residents throughout North Carolina from our office in Winston-Salem.
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Aviation Accidents Often Result from Defective Products
Unless they are caused by human error, aviation accidents often can be traced to manufacturing or design defects, including those involving:
- Hydraulic systems
- Navigational equipment
- Wing design
- Air frames
- Helicopter rotors
- Oil lines
In addition to demonstrating that defective equipment caused the accident, it is necessary to counter claims that there may have been a breach of warranty on the part of the aircraft owner, operator, or maintenance provider.
You may be interested in summaries of representative cases our firm has tried, including:
- The firm won a judgment against Cessna Aircraft Company, affirmed on appeal, for the family of the pilot who died after the in-flight break-up of a Cessna 210.
- In an international case involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA), the governments of France and Italy and American Eagle Airline were among those found responsible for a crash near Roselawn, Indiana that was caused by de-icing problems and alleged design defects in the ATR-72 turboprop.
- Robinson Helicopter Company was found responsible for a crash near Raleigh that was caused by an alleged design defect in a two-bladed helicopter.
- One of our lawyers represented the family of the pilot of the space shuttle Challenger in the case against the manufacturer Morton Thiokol.
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Our Reputation Speaks For Itself
"During our first meeting, he assured me that he would take this anxiety and responsibility from me. Emotionally, I felt a deep sense of relief that stayed with me during the months he was working for me."- Roberta T.