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Seeking Compensation for the Victims of Fort Lauderdale Plane Accidents

A tragic jet crash off the coast of Florida has been largely blamed on the actions of the pilots. The survivors of fatal aviation accidents and those injured in similar mishaps may be entitled to financial compensation from the responsible parties. However, they will need representation from a Miami injury lawyer to guarantee their fair treatment under the law. It is this type of assistance that is available from the law office of Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead.

It was in late 2013 that the Learjet 35A plunged into the Atlantic Ocean after taking off on the return flight to Cozumel, Mexico, having previously dropped off a medical evacuation patient. All four occupants of the jet, who included a doctor and a nurse, were killed in the crash. Although the aircraft was of Mexican registry, the crash occurred in American territorial waters and was therefore investigated by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Examination of the wreckage indicated that the crash may have stemmed from an engine malfunction, specifically the unwanted deployment of a trust reverser. Significantly, the crew had issued a distress message before the Learjet plummeted into the sea. The NTSB determined that the co-pilot apparently lacked the qualifications to serve in that position and provided no meaningful assistance to the pilot during the emergency. It was also determined that the flight crew had apparently not properly carried out its preflight checklist before taking off.

An aircraft accident often results from a complex chain of events. It will therefore take a thorough investigation to determine who is responsible and the degree of responsibility. A Miami injury lawyer will work carefully with the NTSB in order to review such issues as the maintenance history of the aircraft involved and various human factors, including the actions of the crew. If available, voice and data recording equipment will be examined to establish the exact sequence of events leading up to the crash. Such information could prove vital in any subsequent legal action, possibly even making the difference between a successful lawsuit and either reduced compensation or an outright dismissal of the case.

The law office of Abramowitz, Pomerantz & Morehead has participated in a number of cases involving aircraft accidents. In every accidental death or personal injury case we handle, we are committed to providing our clients with the justice that they deserve. If you or someone you know ends up in a similar situation, contact our office at 954-572-7200.