If you’ve been involved in an aviation accident that occurred as a result of another party's negligence, you may be able to claim for compensation. This applies irrespective of the type of aircraft involved, from a paraglider, hang glider or helicopter to a light aircraft or commercial airliner.
Because of the complexities of aviation accidents, it’s strongly advised that you consult specialist attorneys if you think you have a claim. At DSC Attorneys, we have the experience and expertise required to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Criteria for a valid claim
To determine whether an aviation accident was the result of negligence, you should ask two main questions:
- Did the harm, injury or fatality arise from a negligent or wrongful act or omission on the part of the defendant, its employees or agents?
- Was the harm, injury or fatality that occurred reasonably foreseeable?
If the answer to both these questions is “yes”, it’s possible to claim damages. These damages might include past and future medical and hospital expenses, past and future loss of earnings and general damages for pain and suffering.
Common causes of aviation accidents
A breakdown of statistics worldwide reveals that the most frequent causes of aviation accidents are:
- pilot error
- design or manufacturer defects
- maintenance failures
- runway incursions, and
- bad weather or poor visibility.
Why choose DSC Attorneys?
DSC Attorneys has a proven track record of successful claims and litigation. Together with the South African Civil Aviation Authority, our team of experienced personal injury attorneys will investigate the possible causes of an aviation accident.
We'll interview eye witnesses, examine evidence preserved in the black box, or flight recorder, and analyse the remains of any wreckage. The team will then determine whether a claim can be instituted successfully on your behalf.
DSC Attorneys has an international reputation as an innovative leader in the field of personal injury law. We are accredited members of the American Association for Justice, the UK-based Association of Personal Injury Attorneys and the Law Society of South Africa.
Our aim is to provide sound legal advice to all echelons of South African society. As such, we offer a free first consultation to determine the merits of each case and operate on a no-win, no-pay basis.