Who Pays for All the Damage After an Airplane Accident?

The Montreal Convention 1999 (MC99) provides airline liability when passengers suffer injury or death. MC99 also covers you in the case of delayed, damaged, or lost baggage. Before MC99 was in place, various treaties were employed around the world to deal with liability. These treaties were found to be lacking in unification, which eventually led to the need for a single treaty that was agreed on by all the world’s airlines in the shape of MC99. 

Airline Liability

Under MC99, it is the responsibility of the airline to take every possible precaution to protect passengers and their property. Airlines that are at-fault in the case of a plane crash are liable for $113,100 of what is known as “special drawing rights.” This liability applies per passenger and represents a value determined by the International Monetary Fund. Due to the nature of liability, the amount per passenger changes with relative frequency. 

Although the carrier is typically the party named in a lawsuit, other parties, such as manufacturers, may also hold some of the liability. The law does not allow legal firms to contact passengers for the first 45 days after an airplane accident. However, passengers are entitled to speak to a personal injury lawyer of their own accord without restriction. 

Passengers are afforded greater protection under MC99, as airline companies all over the world have an incentive to provide safe air travel. However, due to the serious nature of a large passenger airplane crash, investigation may take a considerable length of time and result in passengers having to wait for compensation. Cases may result in what is known as multi-district litigation (MDL) and often involve a judicial panel determining if cases should be combined into single court litigation. 

Private Airplane Accidents

Most airplane accidents involve large airliners, which are part of a worldwide industry that is heavily regulated and monitored. When a private airplane crash occurs, there are often more questions than there are answers. If you have been involved in a private airplane crash that has resulted in damage to property, injuries, or the death of a loved one, it is important to seek advice from a lawyer with experience in relevant laws. 

Georgia Airplane Crash Lawyer

If you have suffered injury as the result of an airplane crash or other accident involving an aircraft, the firm of H. Lehman Franklin P.C. is here to help. We can provide expert advice and guidance on how you can claim compensation for your injuries and damages based on the circumstances of your accident. Our legal team is professional and compassionate at all times, holding the details you provide in the strictest confidence. We also have extensive experience supporting families who have lost a loved one in cases of wrongful death. If you need legal representation from people who will fight for justice, reach out to the offices of H. Lehman Franklin P.C. today. You can reach our team at 912-764-9616, or email for a free consultation at your convenience.