We blogged about the first but not the last personal injury lawsuit filed against Southwest Airlines and now nine more have been filed against the Texas-based airline following the fatal engine explosion on Flight 1380 twenty minutes after taking off from La Guardia Airport in New York. While letters of apology and $6,000 in checks and travel vouchers were issued to all passengers on this flight, the nine plaintiffs in the Manhattan-based personal injury airplane lawsuit are seeking much more.
Courthouse News reports on the details of the claims made in the Southwest lawsuit, "During the excruciating moments following the explosion, the plaintiffs endured the horrific fear of a plane crash-- suddenly and unexpectedly they were facing death." The suit alleges injuries ranging from PTSD to severe emotional distress on the part of the passengers, some of which sat just a few rows back from where the broken window sucked out a plane passenger (the sole casualty from the flight and in the airlines history).
You do not have to have a scar or a broken bone to file a personal injury lawsuit in California (or any other state for that matter). Emotional distress such as PTSD is a very real and sometimes life-long struggle following a traumatic event and something that you can file a lawsuit for that can be worth a lot of money in many cases. An in-flight emotionally distressing issue such as this is a perfect example of this type of airline personal injury lawsuit-- the passengers saw someone die, thought that they might die too and now have serious emotional issues as a result of it. If you had an emotionally distressing event in your life that was the fault of another party and think you might have a case, our best suggestion is this-- make an appointment to see a therapist or other form of professional help and get in touch with us immediately. If you don't know where to turn for medical help, we can help you find the right care too. PTSD personal injury cases require skillful lawyering for the reasons you think- it involves a lot of convincing of the gravity and impact of the event as well as strong evidence to show the role the defendant played in the event.
Airplane and airport lawsuits happen all the time partly because of things like faulty equipment-- either defective or overly used. When you are a victim of an accident of this nature, consider filing a personal injury lawsuit with our firm. Airports and airlines are required to carry a substantial insurance policy in the event of injuries and deaths and working with us can help make sure you get some of these important funds to help with your recovery. We take all our cases on a contingency fee basis meaning you do not pay us a penny until we get you paid. One call is all it takes to get all of your questions answered. We look forward to hearing from you.