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Airplane Accident Attorney Portland, Oregon

Our law firm’s founder, Jon Friedman, has a commercial pilot’s license and has been a certified flight instructor, both instrument and airplane, since 1981.

His experience provides a unique and knowledgeable approach to handling airplane accident injury claims in Oregon.

Although airplane crashes are rare, they are on average 200 times less likely than automobile crashes. And no matter what type of aviation crash you were in, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

An international aviation consulting firm reported 86 accidents that occurred last year involving large commercial airplanes, which included eight fatal incidents that resulted in 257 fatalities. These figures do not include accidents involving training flights, private flights, cargo operations, military flights, or helicopters.

Whether your airplane crash was caused by human error, mechanical failures, or weather, the first thing you should do is seek medical care, then contact an experienced airplane crash lawyer to protect your rights.

Airplane accidents are highly publicized events, and when significant injuries or wrongful death occurs during the crashes, the insurance companies and attorneys for each potentially liable party will begin contacting the individuals who were hurt to offer undervalued settlements to preserve their bottom line.

Accepting a quick settlement from an insurance company could be something you regret going forward. When injury victims try to put these traumatic incidents behind them, they may take what looks like a lot of money, sign the required paperwork, and unintentionally negate their rights to pursue further compensation before the ink is dry.

We can help you avoid those mistakes.

Airplane Accident Attorney Portland

Preserving Evidence After the Investigation

All airplane accidents are carefully investigated by the federally run National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The NTSB pieces together the evidence from the accident will ensure that the evidence is not interfered with in any way.

The aviation industry is regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which sets standards for the actions and activities of aircraft manufacturers and spare parts suppliers, air pilots, traffic controllers, and airport authorities.

Any of these parties may be responsible for an error of judgment, manufacturing or maintenance errors and the NTSB will assess the incident based on the requirements set by the FAA.

Our lawyers will follow the investigation.

Aircraft Accident Fatalities and Wrongful Death

If you have lost a family member in an aircraft incident, your loss may be classified as wrongful death if we can prove liability for the accident, you may be entitled to some form of compensation.

Despite the independent review of any aircraft accident by the NTSB, we will use our experts to research and determine the reasons for the crash involving an aircraft.

These experts will try to ascertain the reason for the crash and testify on our behalf as to who may be liable for the crash.

The factors responsible for any aircraft crash are numerous and may involve any of the following:

  • Not adhering to FAA regulations
  • Air traffic controller error
  • Aircraft mechanical errors, which may include parts failures
  • Poor maintenance of any part of the aircraft
  • Defects in the airport runway
  • Error or misjudgment by the aircraft pilot
  • Structural or design defects which have not been noticed or remedied
  • Human error

Our Oregon airplane crash attorneys can help you with any of these causes and establish your lawsuit separately, or in conjunction with other passengers who were on board. We will be responsible for the research, independent investigation, and negotiations with the other party’s attorneys to pursue a fair resolution.

At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Portland Personal Injury Attorneys Also Focus on the Following Practice Areas:

Pursuing Fair Settlements for Our Clients

At the Law Offices of Jon Friedman, our Portland aviation accident lawyers understand the physical and emotional toll these incidents can take on the injured and their family members.

When you partner with our Portland personal injury firm, we will fully explain the personal injury legal process, so you know what type of compensation you are entitled to. Once you have all the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions, you will have consistent legal guidance and protection to fight for your rights.


Contact Our Portland Airplane Accident Attorneys for a free consultation today.

Suffering an injury in an airplane crash is a traumatic experienced that can cause life-changing health and psychological problems. The last thing you need to worry about is negotiating with the airline’s insurance company or corporate attorneys. Allow our experienced Portland Aviation Accident attorneys to take the lead in representing you or your family’s interests.

Contact our Multnomah County attorneys at the Law Offices of Jon Friedman at (503) 242-1440 to schedule a free consultation today. 

Law Offices of Jon Friedman

811 SW Naito Pkwy #610, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: 503-242-1440

Frequently Asked Questions for Airplane Accident in Portland, Oregon

Our aviation accident lawyer, with over 40 years as a FAA certified flight instructor – instrument and airplane – can help you determine who is liable for the incident, based on experience and training. When someone is hurt or killed in an aviation incident, a claim may be available against the liable parties, including but not limited to corporate entities or private individuals, who were responsible for the incident. The facts of a particular aviation case will dictate how it is investigated, and what experts need to be retained to prove the case. Our Portland airplane accident attorney can help you determine which parties can be pursued for your unique case, starting with a free consultation.

A commercial aviation case involves incidents and injuries that occur on aircraft operated by airline companies that sell their fares for a fee to the public, typically operating under CFR Part 135. General aviation cases involve privately owned aircraft, including jets or helicopters (CFR Part 91). This matters because your incident — and which type of aircraft it was on — may dictate the standard of care, and/or who is liable for your damages. Commercial operators include airlines. When it is a private aircraft, the liability may fall to the aircraft’s owner, operator, or another third party. Aircraft incidents and injuries are complex, as they may also involve an airport, manufacturer, a pilot, or even air traffic control, when there is misconduct that contributed to the incident..

In Oregon, most personal injury claims must be filed within two years from the date the injury occurred. The statute of limitations that applies to most wrongful death cases is three years from the date of the deceased person’s death. In other cases, where a government entity may be liable for the aviation incident, timelines may shorten substantially, which is why it is important to speak with our Portland airplane accident lawyers as quickly as possible, so we can determine who is liable for the incident, preserve vital evidence, and begin the claim well within the statute of limitations.

All airplane incidents are unique in circumstance and outcome, although the one thing they share is that they require an extensive investigation to determine who or what was liable for the incident. Having an experienced airplane accident, injury, and wrongful death attorney by your side will help expedite the process, and ensure all evidence is properly maintained to pursue the best outcome.

Most Oregon airplane accident lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means, if you have a qualifying accident, injury, or wrongful death claim, you will not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket attorney fees unless your case is resolved — inside or outside the courtroom. The attorney fees will be deducted directly from the final settlement or jury verdict and there are only attorney fees if your claim is successful, which comes out of the settlement or verdict.

Typically, NTSB reports wills not say “the weather” was the sole cause of a crash. With further investigation on your specific accident the airplane operator or the pilot may be held liable. If for example, they were aware of the unsafe weather before they took off. Other possibilities include traffic control directed traffic directly into unsafe airspace or many other potential claims.

The airplane accident will be to reported to the National Transportation Safety Board after the accident, though it may take a very long time for the NTSB to finish its report, given the complexity of an aircraft crash reconstruction.

More often than not airplane accidents happen while landing.  The next highest percentage happens at takeoff.

Those who fly private are more likely to be involved in an airplane accident. Commercial flights show safer operations overall.

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