Experienced Aviation Accident Lawyers

Aviation Accidents Are at the Heart of What We Do

Attorney George Fleming began his career at the DOJ representing the U.S. in major aviation disasters. Victims of airline-related injuries and aviation crashes must act quickly. If you or a loved one has been involved in an aviation accident in the Texas or nationwide, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Fleming, Nolen & Jez are ready to help you seek justice and secure the compensation you rightfully deserve. Put our experience to work for you.

Aviation Accidents Lawyers: Why Require Specialized Legal Expertise

Aviation disasters are at the heart of Fleming, Nolen & Jez, L.L.P.’s history. Our founder, George Fleming, began his career as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice representing the United States in major airplane crashes and other aviation disasters.

Although flying is statistically one of the safest modes of transportation, aviation accidents, when they do occur, often result in severe consequences. The lawsuit that follows can be extremely complex, especially when it involves a commercial airline. Plane accidents can occur for any number of reasons, including pilot failure, mechanical error, weather, sabotage, and human error, so determining liability and compensation requires a considerable amount of detailed work. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill accident, so you should know what to expect ahead of time.

We handle all types and degrees of aviation and airline accidents: from aviation crash disasters to injuries on planes, such as head injuries, fractures, and musculoskeletal injuries. If you have been hurt in an aviation accident, we encourage you to contact our firm right away.

What Causes Plane / Aviation Accidents?

Many different factors can contribute to aviation accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Dangerous or defective equipment
  • Aircraft design problems
  • Structural aircraft problems
  • Negligence by a federal air traffic controller
  • Errors by the pilot
  • Violations of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations

Injuries from Airplane and Aviation Accidents

Some of the major injuries a person can sustain in an airplane accident include:

  1. Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): These can be caused by blunt force trauma during a plane crash, resulting in extensive healthcare treatment and long-term effects such as changes in decision-making skills, personality, mood, or work prospects.
  2. Spinal Cord and Back Injuries: Aviation accidents may cause damage or compression of the spinal cord, leading to partial or total paralysis.
  3. Broken Bones and Fractures: Even a so-called minor accident can cause extremely painful fractures in a passenger’s hands, feet, arms, legs, or ribs.
  4. Burns: Aircraft collisions frequently result in fires, leading to burn injuries that may require skin grafts and extensive cosmetic surgery.
  5. Emotional Trauma: Survivors of aviation accidents can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and other types of emotional trauma, which usually require therapy and psychological treatment to heal.
  6. Death: An average of 753 deaths occurred annually from aviation accidents; for each death there were 1.3 hospitalizations. In these cases, our team may decide to pursue a wrongful death claim on your behalf.

In fatal aviation accidents, limb injuries are common, with 73.6% having leg fractures and 56.6% having arm fractures. Additionally, aviation-related injuries result in approximately 1000 hospitalizations each year in the United States, with the most common injury sustained by aviation crash survivors being lower-limb fracture

Aviation Accident Lawyer Scene Investigation

Federal investigators will begin to investigate the crash site as soon as they can arrive following an aviation accident. You and your attorney can also choose to hire your own private investigators to report information back to you, which can be worth the price if it provides key information that helps your case.

Drawn Out Resolutions

Aviation accidents are not easy to resolve, which can be extremely frustrating for those seriously injured in the incident. The National Transportation Safety Board typically takes control of the plane wreckage to perform their own investigation, and they can keep it from six months to more than a year, or even longer depending on the situation. This means you cannot receive compensation for your losses until the investigation is over. An attorney can help you obtain the evidence necessary to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out.

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Comprehensive Legal Support from Fleming, Nolen & Jez

Our Texas aviation accident attorneys understand the profound impact these tragedies can have on your life and finances. You should not have to manage the enormous medical expenses, lost wages, disability-related costs, and emotional suffering alone, especially when the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. Our team is dedicated to holding all responsible parties accountable, including pilots, airlines, aircraft manufacturers, airport operators, and air traffic control.

Over the years, Fleming, Nolen & Jez, has represented many clients in general, agricultural, and commercial aviation cases.

For example, our firm represented five of the families of the 260 passengers killed when American Airlines flight 587 crashed leaving New York in the Queens neighborhood of Belle Harbor.

Our aviation accident lawyers also represented an American tourist who was severely injured when she was directed into a spinning Tropic Air jet propeller and the families of persons lost in a TAN SAHSA airlines crash in Honduras.

Other confidential settlements have been reached by Fleming, Nolen & Jez, for families in the ValuJet aircraft disaster in the Florida Everglades, the US Air flight 427 aircraft disaster near Pittsburgh, and the Arrow Air crash near Gander, Newfoundland when 248 members of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division died.

Fleming, Nolen & Jez, has represented clients against the following defendants named in this partial list in aviation accident lawsuits:

  • Aerojet General Corporation
  • Aerospatiale Helicopters
  • Avco Lycoming
  • Beech Aircraft
  • Bend Corporation
  • Cessna Aircraft
  • COPA Airlines
  • Gates Learjet
  • Grupo TACA
  • Lockheed Corporation
  • Martin Baker Aircraft
  • Pratt and Whitney
  • Tan Sahsa Airlines
  • United Air Lines
  • Aeromexico Airlines
  • Airbus
  • American Airlines
  • Bell Helicopter
  • Boeing Corporation
  • Continental Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • Grumman
  • Gulfstream Aerospace
  • McDonnell Douglas
  • Piper Aircraft
  • Sikorski Helicopters
  • Tropic Air
  • US Air

Why Choose Fleming, Nolen & Jez?

Our attorneys bring over 180 years of combined experience to your case. We are well-versed in the complexities of aviation law and have a proven track record of securing substantial settlements and verdicts for our clients. Here’s what we offer:

  • Personalized Guidance: We provide support throughout your recovery process, ensuring you have the resources and help you need.
  • Thorough Investigation: Our team will gather all necessary evidence from the crash site and involved parties to build a robust case.
  • Expert Consultations: We consult with leading aviation accident experts to strengthen your case.
  • Comprehensive Damage Assessment: We will accurately determine liability and calculate the total damages you are owed.
  • Skillful Negotiations: Our lawyers handle all communications and negotiations, fighting to get you the maximum compensation.
  • Litigation Readiness: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, we are prepared to take your case to trial.

At Fleming, Nolen & Jez, our personal injury and aviation accident lawyers have dedicated their careers to fighting for the rights of injured victims throughout the United States. Time is critical in aviation accident claims due to the specific legal time limits involved. If you were seriously injured in an aviation accident, you may be able to file a lawsuit to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to speak with a member of our team to review your case information.