Mithoff Law is home to some of Houston's best airplane accident attorneys
Mithoff Law is one of the rare law firms with actual experience trying and winning aviation accident cases. We have extensive experience representing airplane accident victims and their families by investigating and pursuing claims relating to crashes of or incidents involving general and commercial airplane incidents, fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter crashes, as well as piston-engined, turboprop, jet, or turbofan aircraft.
Our aviation accident attorneys work closely with a team of subject matter experts to investigate and pursue claims. Working with our team of aviation experts, we have reviewed both National Transportation Safety Board investigations and investigations conducted by foreign regulatory agencies.
We also have extensive experience conducting independent, thorough analyses of contributing causes, such as component part or avionics testing, radar and flight reconstruction, detailed materials analysis (including metallurgical testing or industrial CT scanning), meteorological conditions, and aviation human factors analysis.
“Mithoff, a Houston personal injury lawyer, is no stranger to winning big payoffs for large groups of people. He negotiated a $2.3 billion settlement with the tobacco industry for Harris and other counties, and he won $80 million for residents of a nursing home who were killed in a 2005 bus explosion while fleeing Hurricane Rita.”
– Houston Chronicle, November 22, 2017
The experienced aviation accident lawyers at Mithoff Law have helped multiple clients win or resolve high-profile matters, including those involving:
Commercial aviation accidents:
Mithoff Law represented the surviving family members of the only two American passengers aboard Air France Flight 447, which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while en route between Rio de Janeiro and Paris. The plaintiffs’ claims were made against Air France and Airbus. The lawsuit was resolved prior to trial.
Manufacturing and design defects:
Mithoff Law represented the family of a pilot when his single-engine Turboprop aircraft crashed during the final approach. The lawsuit was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial after the plaintiffs alleged the aircraft and avionics manufacturer were both responsible.
Mithoff Law also represented the wrongful death beneficiaries of helicopter passengers killed when their helicopter crashed en route to an offshore platform. The plaintiffs alleged that the helicopter was defectively designed, and the case was settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.
Common causes of aviation accidents
Aircraft are complex machines, and are subject to a stringent global and national regulatory system. Generally, every aviation accident is unique, involving complex investigatory and fact issues.
That said, common contributing causes to airplane or helicopter crashes include:
– Design or manufacturing defects in the airframe, engines, or component parts
– Maintenance issues
– Hazardous conditions
– Human factors
Any of these common contributing causes may give rise to a claim against the person or entity responsible for those actions. The aviation accident attorneys at Mithoff Law bring decades of experience to the table, and have actively investigated and successfully pursued claims for aviation accidents attributable to a wide range of causes.
How an aviation accident lawyer in Houston can help
After any aviation accident in the United States—private or commercial—the National Transportation Safety Board will typically perform an official investigation of the accident. The team at Mithoff Law appreciates the work of the NTSB, but also recognizes that an independent investigation is often an important consideration in preparing an aviation accident case for trial.
In aviation cases, our aviation accident attorneys work closely with a team of subject matter experts to investigate and pursue claims. With and through our experts, we review governmental or regulatory (such as NTSB) investigations and conduct our own detailed investigation into the contributing causes underlying an aviation incident.
We have, with our experts, conducted thorough analyses of contributing causes, including testing or analysis involving radar reconstruction, detailed materials analysis (including metallurgical testing or industrial CT scanning), meteorological conditions, and aviation human factors analysis.
Contact an experienced aviation accident attorney at Mithoff Law today
Accident victims and their loved ones should seek representation from a skilled aviation accident lawyer as soon as possible. Aviation cases can involve unique questions of jurisdiction, causation issues that often require detailed expert analysis, and a complex framework of regulations and laws.