California Fatal Private Plane and Airliner Crash Lawyers
Aviation Wrongful Death Specialists
Aviation accidents and fatal plane crashes occur in a number of different situations. Most commonly, crashes involve commercial airliners, but many fatalities also occur in private airplanes and helicopters.
At Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, our California aviation crash wrongful death specialists include a former Navy pilot who has special skills in the area of aviation, and more than 30 years' experience in the trial of fatal airliner, private plane and helicopter accidents.
Need A Wrongful Death Lawyer In California?
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one from a severe injury or accident in California, Walkup Melodia can help you. Please contact us online or call now (888) 564-8254 for an immediate consultation with a wrongful death lawyer in San Francisco.
Fatal collisions, whether of small planes, commercial jet liners, commuter planes or helicopters may occur for many reasons: sometimes by pilot error, sometimes by improper maintenance, contaminated fuel, mechanical or product flaws and even air traffic controller negligence.
Regardless of the reason for the disaster, our aviation litigation team has represented survivors in a host of situations.
Our California wrongful death aviation crash lawyers offer our clients a proven track record of success in obtaining compensation for those left behind when an aviation crash takes the life of a loved one. Our wrongful death litigation team has experience in almost every aspect of liability including defective replacement parts, pilot negligence, air traffic controller error, negligent maintenance, failure to follow safety procedures, and even crashes caused by defective maps, counterfeit replacement parts and fuel contamination.
Our aviation wrongful death litigators have experience in working hand in hand with government investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as well as with local and state investigators. Because government-based investigations often take years or more to be completed, we often commission an independent investigation on behalf of our clients as soon as possible after the crash, and we move swiftly to identify potentially liable parties. If you have lost a loved one in a plane crash or an aviation disaster of any kind, the Walkup wrongful death aviation team headed by a former military pilot is ready to help.
Examples of Our Success
Private Plane Crash - $3,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
Our aviation litigators obtained a $3,000,000 settlement on behalf of the widow and two surviving children of a 45-year-old missionary who died in a plane crash in Mexico. While traveling on a missionary relief effort, the cam shaft gear broke in the plane that the decedent was piloting. The Walkup wrongful death litigators successfully brought a wrongful death claim against the manufacturers of the engine, demonstrating that the engine contained both design and manufacturing flaws.
Commercial Air Crash - $2,000,000 Wrongful Death Settlement
Our airline wrongful death litigation team obtained a settlement in excess of $2,000,000 on behalf of the grandparents of a 7-year-old child who died on Alaska Airlines Flight #261 when the plane crashed en route from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to San Francisco. Our wrongful death lawyers, working in conjunction with attorneys for other plaintiffs in the case, proved that Alaska Airlines did not take all necessary measures to perform required maintenance, overlooked signs of potential problems, and thereby assumed responsibility for the deaths.
Air Ambulance Crash - Seven-Figure Confidential Settlement
Our aviation team of wrongful death lawyers concluded a Federal Court wrongful death case on behalf of the survivors of a 40-year-old mother and her 1-year-old daughter who died 45 minutes after boarding a Cessna King Air ambulance for transport of the child to a regional medical center. Shortly after takeoff the plane crashed killing all passengers and crew members. Walkup's aviation lawyers argued that the pilot was not properly trained to fly the aircraft because he had only three hours of nighttime training. Further, they argued he had selected a dangerous departure route from the rural airport and as a result, became spatially disoriented and flew the plane into the ground. The defense argued that the pilot was properly trained and the departure route FAA approved. Our wrongful death clients included the deceased mother's heirs, including her siblings and mother. The case was concluded by way of a mediated settlement in a confidential seven-figure amount.
Contact our California wrongful death lawyers today. Make an appointment for a free consultation. 1.888.564.8254 or 1.415.658.9310.