Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Plane Crash?

By Peter DePaolis

Did you know that you should speak to an attorney following a plane crash involving a loved one?

First, we should note that most plane crashes in the United States involve private jets or light aircraft. These accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including pilot error, defective equipment and issues relating to the weather.

In many cases, following an investigation by a federal agency, accident remains are destroyed. An independent investigation from an attorney can detect if mechanical problems or errors led to the accident, so it is important that you speak to one prior to an agency concluding its own investigation.

Unfortunately, sometimes plane crashes injure or kill others on the ground. Sadly, on December 8, a young mother and two children were killed when a small plane crashed into their home in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

According to ABC News, Marie Gemmell, 36, and her sons’ 3-year-old Cole and 1-month-old Devin died along with three people on the aircraft.

Investigators said the plane was traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina prior to crashing into Gemmell’s home. Witnesses reported that the plane was flying too low and careening wildly before the crash.

Who Should I Speak to If My Loved One Is Killed in a Plane Crash?

Through a wrongful death lawsuit, family members of plane accident victims can pursue damages. This can help pay for costs associated with a loved one’s burial, medical bills and lost income.

A full investigation into any plane crash may take months, but you should still seek representation. If you have lost a loved one to an aviation accident, you can visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia Injury Attorneys


About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.