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$7 million awarded to victim’s family in plane crash

A jury issued a wrongful death award of more than $7 million to the family of a passenger killed in a 2006 crash of a regional jet of Comair. The flight crashed after attempting to take off from a runway at an airport that was too short for commercial flights. Forty-nine people were wrongfully killed. This wrongful death lawsuit is the only passenger aviation accident lawsuit that has reached trial at this time. The next step of the process will occur next year. A different jury will decide next year if the Comair airline was negligent. If a jury determines that Comair is negligent, the family will be eligible for punitive damages. Click here to read more about the $7 million verdict.

The attorneys at Levin & Perconti have represented clients in the Chicagoland area who have suffered personal injuries or lost loved ones in accidents involving airplanes. Some of the issues that factor into an airline accident include product defects such as faulty equipment, problems in the design or structure of an aircraft, or FAA regulation violations. Other issues could involve negligence, such as pilot errors, flight service station employee negligence, negligence in a third party selection of a carrier, or federal air traffic controller negligence. The attorneys at Levin & Perconti understand the unique nature of aviation accident law, which has resulted in many verdicts for clients, including a multimillion settlement for a family of a pilot whose plane crashed due to a defective product part.