Houston Aviation Accident Attorneys

Airplane, Helicopter & Other Aircraft Accidents in Texas

Airlines, air manufacturers, and aircraft operators have a strict responsibility to ensure the reasonable safety of all those onboard, as well as those who work on or near aircraft. When these entities fail to meet this duty, resulting in serious injury or death, victims and/or their surviving loved ones have the right to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. 

At The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC, we have helped countless individuals and families recover fair compensation in the wake of devastating tragedies. Our firm was involved in several high-profile aviation accident cases, including the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 tragedy, in which our attorneys represented 14 families against Boeing, the maker of the defective 737-MAX aircraft that claimed the lives of 157 people aboard. 

Why Hire an Aviation Accident Attorney? 

It is important to note that aviation accidents are often subject to specific, intricate laws. As such, it is imperative that you talk with an experienced lawyer who not only understands these laws but also has demonstrated experience in successfully helping victims of airline and aircraft manufacturer negligence secure fair financial compensation. Our team can investigate the cause of your accident and mount a powerful case against the insurance company or another liable party. 

You should know that you have a limited amount of time to bring your case to court; we encourage you to reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help. If you wait too long, you could lose your right to file a lawsuit against the liable party, meaning you won’t be able to recover any compensation for your damages. 

By working with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney fromThe Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC, you put yourself in the best possible position for success. Led by founding attorney, Omar Khawaja, our Houston aviation accident attorneys know how to navigate the legal system and fight for the maximum recovery you and your family are owed. Reach out to us today to learn more, including how we can help you take on the airline company, manufacturer, or another liable entity. 


If you or someone you love was involved in an aviation accident, contact us at (713) 561-5454 to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable team.


Common Types of Aviation Accidents

“Aviation accidents” is a term used to refer to all types of accidents involving various aircraft. This includes deadly plane crashes, as well as other types of aircraft-related incidents leading to injury or death. 

Some examples of aviation accidents include: 

  • Airplane Accidents: Airplane crashes often cause massive injuries and devastation to those who are involved. These types of accidents can result from human error, mechanical malfunctions, and more. Other types of airplane accidents involve onboard incidents leading to injuries, such as slips and falls, or injuries caused by unsafe conditions or hazards.
  • Helicopter Accidents: Helicopter components and controls are complicated. To make matters worse, in the event of a failure, a helicopter does not glide like a plane. A malfunction on any part of the aircraft can result in an accident with severe injuries or fatalities.
  • Operator Negligence: Many aviation accidents are caused by a pilot’s mistake or another type of operator error. Some of these accidents result from misjudgments or poor training. Even experienced pilots struggle to fly in bad weather conditions, including rain, snow, lighting, and wind.
  • Commercial and Private Aviation Accidents: Liability after an aviation accident may depend on whether it was a commercial or private flight. On a commercial flight, you are most likely able to file a lawsuit against the airline company. You may also have a third-party claim or civil lawsuit against the pilot or other individuals directly responsible for your damages. With private flights, liability may be more complicated. You may need to file a claim against the pilot or operator’s insurance provider, the manufacturer of a defective part, or some other entity.
  • Offshore Helicopter Transport Accidents: Some of the leading causes of helicopter crashes include dangerous weather conditions, operator error, and negligence. These risks are significant enough for many oil companies to demand that workers undergo accident survival training. Unfortunately, this does not stop offshore helicopter transportation accidents from happening, nor does it guarantee the safety of those involved in such incidents.
  • Onboard Accidents: Although plane and helicopter crashes are the types of aviation accidents most likely to make the news, other types of aviation accidents can also lead to bodily injury or fatalities. Unsafe conditions aboard aircraft may lead to serious accidents, such as falls, which could result in severe injury, illness, or death.

When negligence plays a role in your injury or loved one’s death, you can rely on our firm to fight back against your detractors. Our entire team is committed to providing you with empathetic and compassionate legal support during this time. As your Houston aviation accidents lawyers, we will stand by your side regardless of the challenges you face. 

What If the Pilot or Aircraft Operator Was Negligent?

Along with mechanical failure, human error is one of the leading causes of aircraft accidents. Tragically, operator error frequently leads to devastating and deadly crashes, resulting in extreme loss of human life. Survivors of such incidents are likely to experience catastrophic, life-changing injuries. 

At The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC, we represent victims of aviation accidents caused by operator error. Our team is adept at investigating these claims and determining whether a pilot, co-pilot, or another individual was responsible for the incident that led to your injuries or the loss of your loved one. 

We can help you pursue a claim against a: 

  • Commercial Airline Operator: In general, commercial airlines are subject to the laws and regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Act (FAA). The FAA requires airline operators to maintain and meet a duty of care to keep you and other passengers safe. If they fail to do so and cause your injuries, you have the right to file a compensation claim.
  • Private Aircraft Operator: Airline operators who carry fewer than 20 passengers on a plane are subject to the rules of the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA). There are timelines by which you have to file a claim, which means that you should contact an airline operator negligence lawyer right away to ensure that you don’t lose your right to file a lawsuit.

Our Houston aviation accident attorneys have extensive experience navigating complex state and federal aviation laws. We are well-versed in the personal injury and civil litigation court systems and know how to effectively protect your rights against the interests of large corporations, powerful manufacturers, and other major entities. 

Types of Aviation Accident-Related Injuries 

There are several ways that an aircraft can injure someone, whether it is in motion or not. Depending on the severity of the accident, these injuries can be catastrophic and may even lead to death. 

Some of the most common types of injuries sustained in aviation accidents include: 

  • Head, neck, and spine injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord and nerve damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Electrocution 
  • Soft tissue damage
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations

Treating serious aviation accident-related injuries, or navigating the loss of a loved one, can be incredibly expensive. At The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC, we believe that you should not have to pay for the damages that another party caused you. By identifying the liable party, we can help you seek fair financial compensation for your medical bills, lost income, lost quality of life, pain, suffering, and other damages. 


Reach out to us today to schedule a complimentary consultation by calling (713) 561-5454 or by contacting us online. 


Establishing Liability After an Aviation Accident

One thing that makes aviation accident cases so challenging to navigate is the fact that multiple parties may share liability. In other words, there may be more than one person or party at fault. 

When you hire the Houston aviation accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC, we will carefully examine the cause of your accident to identify all responsible parties, including third parties, who are legally responsible for paying for the losses they caused you.

Depending on the results of both state and federal investigations by the authorities, as well as our own private investigation into the incident, one or more of the following parties may be liable: 

  • The pilot or co-pilot
  • The airline or air carrier
  • Certain third-party contractors
  • Air traffic controllers
  • Airport personnel
  • An aircraft manufacturer

Another element that makes aviation accidents challenging to negotiate is the fact that aircraft vehicles typically cross state or country borders. Whether your flight resulted in injuries in Texas or elsewhere, our team knows to take appropriate legal action so that your claim starts on the right foot. We will consider jurisdiction and inform you if your claim should be filed in Houston or elsewhere. 

Establishing Negligence After an Aviation Accident

Negligence is a descriptive legal term, referring to the reckless or careless actions or inactions taken by the liable party. Negligence is one of the cornerstones of your case. Proving negligence requires admissible evidence and a strong command of personal injury and insurance laws. 

Proving negligence in your aviation accident case involves establishing the following: 

  • An airline, operator, or manufacturer owed you a general duty of care
  • The identified defendant failed to meet that duty by acting unsafely, negligently, or wrongfully
  • The defendant’s acts or omissions resulted in your accident 
  • The accident led to subsequent injuries or the wrongful death of a family member
  • Your injuries or the death of your family member caused you financial harm

Often, the insurance company will argue that the defendant did not act negligently or wrongfully. They may also question whether the defendant’s acts or omissions truly caused the incident that led to your injuries or the death of your loved one. The insurer and adjuster will have their own version of events, which may go against yours. 

However, a comprehensive investigation by your legal team may reveal that the situation is not as objective as it seems. As we discover any new findings that speak to the cause of your injuries, our attorneys will document evidence that we can submit on your behalf when making a demand.

How Our Team Can Help

Attempting to handle your case alone can result in you receiving an unfair settlement or even having your claim denied. We believe that you deserve a fair legal award for the damages someone else has caused you. That is whyThe Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC will provide empathetic, compassionate, and responsive representation, allowing you to concentrate on your physical and emotional recovery.

The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC offers all personal injury legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any upfront legal fees when you hire our firm. Instead, we only collect attorney fees and litigation-related costs if/when we win your case. 

  • We Will Maximize Your Settlement or Verdict

    We know just how much your life has been turned upside down, which is why we never settle cases for less than we truly believe they are worth. As your legal team, we will do everything in our power to maximize your settlement so that you can get the medical care you need and manage unexpected financial challenges associated with your injury or loss. If the insurance company refuses to play fair, we are fully prepared to represent you at trial.

  • We Will Negotiate With the Insurance Company
    Many aviation accident cases are settled before entering a courtroom, mostly because it is cheaper for the insurance company to settle your case. However, this does not mean that our team will back down if we believe that we can get you more money by going to civil court. We are prepared to utilize aggressive negotiation strategies when communicating with the insurance company, including holding them accountable to the terms and conditions of their policies, as well as all applicable laws.
  • We Will Devise a Robust Strategy
    Aviation accidents are complicated, multifaceted matters. However, our team has a strong command of personal injury, aviation, and insurance laws that we can leverage to protect your rights. Our mission is to create a sound strategy backed by admissible evidence to fight for your recovery and future.

Compensation After an Aviation Accident

The main purpose of filing an aviation accident lawsuit is to recover financial compensation for specific monetary and intangible losses you have suffered as a result of the incident. Every case is unique, which means that each claim’s value depends on the specific legal situation’s circumstances. However, it is often possible to recover a certain set of “damages” following these types of events. 

Common damages in aviation accident cases include: 

  • Current and ongoing medical expenses
  • Lost work wages for time missed
  • Future lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering and mental anguish
  • Lost enjoyment of life
  • Wrongful death awards for survivors

If the defendant is found to have acted with gross negligence or extreme disregard for the safety of others, it may also be possible to recover punitive damages. Rather than compensate victims for specific losses, punitive damages are meant to punish defendants who have acted far outside the law and scope of legal responsibility, as well as to ensure that similar acts do not occur again in the future. 

Before accepting an insurance settlement, you will want to discuss the offer with a knowledgeable lawyer. Once you execute a settlement agreement and release of all claims, you no longer hold the legal right to pursue additional compensation if you discover that your injuries or losses are much worse than previously thought. Because of this, we strongly encourage you to contact our Houston aviation accident attorneys before agreeing to a settlement or signing anything provided to you by the insurance company.

Our Promise To You

What Sets The Law Offices Of Omar Khawaja Apart?
  • Dedicated & Experienced Counsel
    Our team has handled thousands of cases and we have the skills, insight, and commitment to fight for the results you need and deserve. We are not afraid to go to trial and will work until we obtain justice on your behalf.
  • Personal Touch to Personal Injury
    At The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja we pride ourselves on providing personalized attention to each and every one of our clients. We work to get to know you and your case to understand how we can best assist with your goals.
  • Customized Legal Strategies
    We believe that no two cases are alike and work with you to understand, first and foremost, the details of your case and how our team can be most beneficial to you and your needs. Next, we work to collaborate with you on a targeted legal approach.
  • Commitment to Integrity

    Your legal rights are our priority. We give our utmost attention to every case with outstanding morals and work ethic. Our team commits ourselves to ALWAYS providing you and your loved ones with the highest quality legal service around.

What Is the Statute of Limitations on Aviation Accidents in Texas?

The statute of limitations on most personal injury lawsuits in Texas, including those involving aviation accidents, is two years from the date of injury or the date on which the injury was discovered. In wrongful death cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death (with few exceptions). This deadline may vary according to the details of your case, but this is rare. Our team can help you confirm whether the statute of limitations has expired and, if you are still eligible to file a lawsuit, make sure that you do not miss the filing deadline. 

Even if you think you missed the deadline to file your claim, reach out toThe Law Offices of Omar Khawaja, PLLC for help exploring any additional possibilities. There are very few exceptions to the statute of limitations rule, but you may still have an actionable case if one of these exceptions applies to your case. 

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Our skilled attorneys, years of experience, and passion have made us one of the top law offices in Texas. When you have been injured you need a team dedicated to giving you a voice. The Law Offices of Omar Khawaja is that team. 

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