California Aviation Accident Attorneys
In addition to having 30 years of successful experience representing people who have been in an aviation accident or families who have lost a loved one in a plane crash, California aviation accident attorneys Jim Pocrass and Tony De Los Reyes bring first-hand knowledge of piloting, engineering, FAA rules and regulations, and airplane maintenance to their cases.
The aviation accident attorneys at Pocrass & De Los Reyes take aviation accident cases on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Distinctive Aviation Backgrounds
Jim Pocrass holds a commercial pilot license, while Tony De Los Reyes has a private pilot license. As demonstrated by their significant verdicts and settlements in such cases, they are extremely experienced in aviation law, including onboard injuries and crashes of commercial and private airplanes, as well as helicopters and gliders.
Jim Pocrass went to law school while waiting for United Airlines to send him to pilot school. Though he never became a commercial pilot, Jim did follow his dream and got his pilot license.
The Challenges of Aviation Law
Airplane accidents and helicopter crashes are subject to complex laws that make it critical that survivors have an aviation accident attorney who is experienced in aviation law and has extensive knowledge of all things aviation.
In all aviation accident cases that the California aviation accident attorneys Jim Pocrass and Tony De Los Reyes handle, they work with a team of accident reconstruction experts to investigate the causes of the disaster.
Though various federal agencies, including the FAA, investigate airplane crashes and helicopter accidents, sometimes an independent investigation reveals causes that the FAA missed. Since proving liability is critical to whether or not you receive compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a family member, this is a critical component of all aviation accident cases.
Liability in Aviation Accidents
As in all personal injury cases, you must prove who was at fault. Liability may be all or partially assigned to the:
- Commercial airline.
- Private airline.
- Manufacturer of the airplane or helicopter.
- Manufacturer of parts of the airplane or helicopter.
- Federal government, including the Federal Aviation Administration.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
As in all civil cases, there is a statute of limitations (deadline) by which date you must have filed your lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, you may never file suit.
This is one reason you should contact an aviation accident attorney as soon as possible. This also will ensure that your lawyer is able to gather evidence, take witness statements, and take all the legal work off of your shoulders during this very trying time so that you can heal.
The Cost of An Aviation Accident Attorney
The aviation accident lawyers at Pocrass and De Los Reyes work on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing until your case is resolved.
Contact an aviation accident attorney for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation.
Aviation Accident Results
$4.5 Million Verdict
Aviation – Helicopter Accident
A 22-year-old Marine and Iraqi war veteran was on a pilot training exercise at Torrance Municipal Airport when his Robinson helicopter collided midair with another helicopter. Two people from the other helicopter died. Our client suffered extensive personal injuries and was in a coma for three weeks. The National Transportation and Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration claimed that the pilots were at fault. We conducted an intensive investigation that revealed that the air traffic controllers were negligent and entirely responsible for the helicopter accident. The judge in the bench trial ruled that the fault was entirely that of the air traffic controllers.
$4.1 Million Settlement
Aviation – Airplane Accident
Represented 7 families in the wrongful deaths of loved ones who were on Korean Air Flight 801 that crashed in Guam while on approach to the airport.
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