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International Airplane Crash Attorneys

Foreign airlines, manufacturers and others are not automatically immune from legal action in the United States for air disasters when they crash. The Chicago-based aviation law attorneys at Rapoport Law Offices, P.C., have successfully handled cases involving foreign defendants in United States courts, sometimes even when the crash did not occur in the United States and the injured parties were not United States citizens. Those who were injured or the families of those killed overseas in commercial airline crashes may benefit from an evaluation of whether the law allows pursuit of legal claims in the United States. Our lawyers have been handling aviation cases in the U.S. for many years and have the experience and knowledge needed to build strong cases for clients after overseas airline crashes.

Specific Law Governing International Aviation Crashes

The rights of passengers traveling on international tickets against airlines are often governed by an international treaty known as the Montreal Convention. The Montreal Convention addresses where lawsuits against airlines for crash-related injuries or deaths may be brought, and where they may not be brought. In many instances, the Montreal Convention allows an injured passenger or his/her family to take legal action in the United States, even when the crash occurred on foreign soil. There are conditions that must be met in order for an individual to be eligible to file a lawsuit. Our lawyers are well-versed in the Montreal Convention, having even published about it, and they can quickly advise people about their options after a foreign aviation accident.

This is important, because the U.S. has one of the best and most generous systems for victims of airline crashes. Injured passengers and the families of those who were killed are more likely to obtain maximum compensation if their cases are brought in the U.S. For example, many countries limit the maximum amount that may be recovered or allow damages that would be considered grossly inadequate by U.S. standards.

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Building Strong Cases Based on Knowledge and Experience

In addition to acting for U.S. citizens involved in foreign airline crashes, our law firm has also helped foreign citizens or their attorneys who seek legal assistance in bringing claims and lawsuits in the U.S. Whether the crash occurred in the U.S. or abroad, our law firm undertakes the same kind of thorough investigation. We consult with a network of experts and specialists who add to our lawyers' personal knowledge of aviation. Our attorneys have hands-on knowledge of the operational, equipment and safety issues that are at the center of most airplane crash cases.

To speak with one of our Chicago-based foreign aviation accident attorneys, contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. You may also review our aviation accident frequently asked questions to learn more. While these attorneys are based in Chicago, like most other aviation law firms, we handle many cases outside of Chicago in locations throughout Illinois and the entire United States.

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