Aviation Accident Lawyer


Representing Victims & Their Families Worldwide

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s “Best Law Firms” for 2020 and 2021, Wilshire Law Firm’s aviation accident lawyers are setting the new standard in legal service. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, the firm’s experienced team of nearly 200 team members offers effective legal representation in both national and international personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits.

We handle aviation lawsuits for commercial airline accidents as well as general aviation accidents, which include private business aviation, search and rescue flights, pilot training, etc. Whatever type of aviation accident you or a loved one experienced, a skilled airplane accident lawyer from Wilshire Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation you and your family deserve.

Make sure to contact us as soon as possible after your plane accident — call (800) 522-7274 or complete our online contact form.

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Understanding a Highly Technical & Complex Specialty Area of the Law

Aviation litigation requires in-depth knowledge of domestic and international laws, treaties, and regulations that govern aviation manufacturers, operators, airports, and passengers around the world. Additionally, an aviation lawyer must possess knowledge of highly technical issues, including but not limited to:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Piloting
  • Engineering
  • Biomechanics
  • Aircraft maintenance
  • Airline operations
  • Weather and air traffic control systems
  • Radar and tracking systems

At Wilshire Law Firm, you get much more than aviation lawyers. Our aviation litigation team is led by Senior Partner Ilyas A. Ikbari, who is also a bioengineer, a pilot, and a frequent speaker at aviation law conferences around the world. Ilyas and his team are often called on by other aviation lawyers for assistance with complex matters.

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Ilyas serves as Plaintiffs’ Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Aviation and Space Law Committee, and as Editor of the Aviation and Space Law Newsletter. Furthermore, he is passionate about teaching other lawyers on how to properly handle these complex aviation accident cases. (See Ilyas’ article published by a prominent legal journal: Minimum Equipment List: The Essentials of an Aviation Products-Liability Case, Advocate Magazine June 2020).

Using Our Advanced Knowledge to Investigate Cases & Prove Fault

Our aviation accident lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm possess a highly technical understanding of airplanes, helicopters, and related aviation component parts and systems. We know how to investigate a plane crash or helicopter crash and who to contact before critical evidence is lost or destroyed.

We have experience researching the inner workings of virtually every type of general, commercial, and military airplane and helicopter in service. This includes performing flight testing and simulated testing on various models of helicopters and planes, in addition to analyzing the aircraft service history and maintenance records in order to understand each flight.

Even when planes crash and cause serious injury or death for no apparent reason, the helicopter and plane crash lawyers and experts at our firm reconstruct each detail of the crash, and the actual cause of the doomed flight is determined. This vast experience and specialized knowledge is recognized by aircraft manufacturers, airlines, and aviation insurers, and it’s an important factor that allows our aviation accident litigation team to win cases.

In addition to our comprehensive understanding of how to investigate and prepare airplane accident cases, we also have an extensive network of technical and legal consultants around the globe, which helps us uncover the truth in each aviation case. We take every airplane crash and aviation accident claim seriously, and we spare no resource to expose negligence and hold the at-fault parties accountable.

Types of Aviation Accidents We Handle

From passenger jets and commercial airliners to helicopters and single-engine aircraft, the attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have successfully represented hundreds of aviation accident victims and their families in some of history’s worst aviation disasters.

We provide exceptional legal representation for all types of aircraft accidents, including:

  • Airline accidents
  • Air ambulance accidents
  • Charter plane accidents
  • Drone crashes
  • Helicopter crashes
  • International aviation accidents
  • Inflight injury and turbulence incidents
  • Mid-air collisions
  • Military aircraft crashes
  • Plane-into-house incidents
  • Runway accidents
  • Sightseeing or tour crashes
  • Small plane accidents

Common Causes of Aviation Accidents

Wilshire Law Firm’s airplane and helicopter accident lawyers have extensive experience investigating and preparing major aviation accident cases for trial or settlement. Our team will thoroughly examine your claim and pursue accountability against the airline, airport, manufacturer, or other negligent parties.

All aircraft disasters are complex, but human error is often the first factor considered when determining the cause of the aviation accident. After a review of all facts available, our aviation lawyers are able to scientifically rule out causes that could not have occurred until only the primary and secondary causes are remaining.

Some common causes of aviation accidents are:

  • Corporate negligence
  • Crew negligence
  • Design or manufacturing flaws
  • Maintenance negligence
  • Human error

Whether your crash was caused by a poorly trained pilot, a negligent air traffic controller, defective aircraft equipment, or something else, we can expose the true cause of your plane accident.

Over the years, we have honed our skills for handling major U.S. airline accidents, international air disasters, helicopter crashes, and military crashes. Our experience has taught us that any aviation accident lawsuit can involve multiple state or federal laws, multiple court systems, and numerous complex choices that are required to maximize recovery.

Our airplane accident attorneys Wilshire Law Firm have also learned through decades of experience that insurance adjusters and the airline or manufacturer lawyers generally do not have the best interests of the accident victim in mind. The defense may urge a quick settlement, or threaten to prolong the process – it doesn’t matter to the insurance carrier; they will do whatever it takes to lower your recovery.

Remember to never sign anything after an aviation accident unless it is reviewed by an attorney. This will help you ensure that your rights are protected and not waived following the crash.

Hiring an Aviation Accident Attorney

When you retain legal help, don’t be fooled by lawyers who call themselves “aviation lawyers” simply because they have worked on cases that were loosely related to aviation law. Instead, it’s in your best interests to choose a seasoned trial lawyer who actually has the depth of knowledge and experience you need, as well as a track record of success in this area of law.

The attorney should not only understand the ins and outs of aviation law, but they should also understand aircraft mechanics, including what’s required to keep a plane or helicopter as safe as possible for passengers and flight crew and avoid a crash.

The attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm have represented clients in countries across the globe and have worked on many of the major airline disasters. These include cases involving the following airlines and manufacturers:

  • Airbus
  • Air Midwest (no longer operating)
  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Boeing
  • Continental Airlines (no longer operating)
  • JetBlue
  • Malaysia Air
  • Robinson Helicopter
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines

We understand what it takes to guide our clients to a successful result through the complex laws, interweaving statutes, and bullying defense tactics. No matter the case, whether it involves a large disaster causing hundreds of deaths or one serious injury, we bring the same dedication and preparation in our pursuit of justice.

Wilshire Law Firm’s first priority is getting clients the support they need and the compensation they deserve. We’re also committed to exposing safety flaws within the aviation industry so we can help prevent others from being injured in similar aviation accidents in the future.

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Our team’s vast experience representing aviation injury victims and surviving loved ones of wrongful death victims places us among the leading aviation accident law firms, both nationally and internationally.

The defense is going to do everything they can to devalue your claim. Wilshire Law Firm’s broad knowledge of international aviation law levels the playing field.

Make sure you have the help you need after your plane accident. Get a free consultation.

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Truth. Justice. Accountability. That’s what our award-winning aviation lawyers can bring to the table in your claim for your helicopter or plane crash.

Wilshire Law Firm represents the families of fatal crash victims as well as seriously injured survivors, both nationally and internationally. With more than $850,000,000 recovered for our clients, our track record speaks for itself. We would be honored to investigate your aviation accident case and work on your behalf.

Whether you were hurt in an airline accident, helicopter crash, an accident involving military aircraft, or some other aviation disaster, our team is here to help you each step of the way.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced airplane accident attorney, call (800) 522-7274 or complete our online contact form. Our team is available 24/7 to assist you.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.

Who We Are

Wilshire Law Firm is an award-winning personal injury, employment, aviation, and class action law firm that has been serving clients for nearly 15 years. Our team of more than 200 professionals is ready to serve you!

Our Attorneys

Our experienced lawyers have received numerous prestigious awards and accolades for their legal excellence and dedicated client service. We even have attorneys who are named among the top 1% of lawyers nationwide.

Proven Results

Our law firm has helped thousands of clients, recovering more than $900 million in verdicts and settlements on their behalf. We have a reputation for winning even the most difficult and complex cases!