November 22, 2005
Aviation negligence attorneys at Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. reached a settlement in excess of $2.2 million today on behalf of the husband of a 77 -year-old woman who died when the pilot of an air ambulance failed to stop the Gates Learjet 25C-XR before it overran the runway at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 30, 2002. After landing, the thrust reversers failed to deploy and the aircraft crew claimed the main landing gear brakes and the emergency brakes were both ineffective. The airplane crashed into a localizer tower before it finally came to rest on a highway next to the airport. The woman’s 76 -year-old husband survived the airplane crash with injuries. According to David E. Rapoport, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, the case was filed in Florida because Kentucky law does not allow damages for the loss of a wife’s companionship. Mr. Rapoport explained: “The time has come for the Kentucky legislature or courts to join the modern trend and allow loss of companionship damages for spouses.” In this aviation negligence case, filing in Florida enabled the widower to recover for his loss of companionship.
Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. is a personal injury law firm based in Chicago, Illinois. The personal injury attorneys at Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C. have achieved multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for individuals with lawsuits arising from medical malpractice, product liability, semitruck and motor vehicle accidents, workplace injuries and construction accidents in Illinois and Wisconsin. Rapoport Weisberg & Sims P.C.’s premier aviation negligence lawyers represent victims of commercial and general aviation disasters nationwide.