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Savvy Representation In Aviation Accident Cases

Few personal injury or wrongful death cases present more complexities of procedure, investigation, and proof than claims resulting from the crash of a private plane or other aircraft. At Comerford, Chilson, & Moser, our interest in aviation has led us to focus on representing victims of general and commercial airplane accidents all over the United States. Contact us in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to learn how our experience can help you maximize the value of your claim.

AV-rated* trial attorney Tom Comerford is an instrument-rated pilot with more than 6000 hours of flying time. One of our paralegals is also a licensed pilot rated to fly airline transports. Not only does this practical aviation experience help us identify the critical issues of liability and proof that might apply to your case, it also helps us get to the scene of an air disaster quickly, often in the company of highly qualified forensic investigators. We have found that there is no substitute for an early and comprehensive inspection of the accident scene and the evidence of the crash, and we can reach the scene of a plane accident as soon as you need us there.

We have handled private and commercial aviation accident claims from Florida to Indiana and New Mexico. In general aviation cases, our understanding of the relationship between state law and federal jurisdiction can represent a significant advantage for our clients, for we know how your rights can vary under the law of different states. In most plane crash cases, it is possible to file the lawsuit in any one of several different states that might have an interest in the accident, and we know how to assert jurisdiction in the state that will recognize the victims’ rights to the greatest extent.

Prompt investigation and early commitment of forensic resources are critical to the successful litigation of plane crash cases. While your family is grieving the loss of a loved one, you can be assured that all of the potential defendants are already locating witnesses, working with government investigators, and coordinating their defense against your wrongful death claims. Experienced legal representation can help protect you from inadequate settlement offers and uninformed decisions when you are emotionally vulnerable.

Our lawyers are familiar with the litigation of all of the fact issues that are likely to arise in a private plane crash lawsuit: pilot error, manufacturing defects, contributory negligence, improper maintenance, or negligent air traffic control. We have achieved successful resolutions in aviation disaster cases involving small planes, helicopters, commercial airlines, and even the space shuttle Challenger.

Litigation of plane crash claims can be extremely expensive due to our high reliance on expert investigators and witnesses and the complexity of the evidence. We advance all of the expenses involved in presenting your claim at our own risk — we collect attorneys’ fees and recover expenses only when we successfully recover compensation for you through settlement or a jury verdict. Contact us in Winston-Salem for a free consultation about your legal options.

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