Fort Lauderdale Aircraft Maintenance Lawsuit Attorneys Defending Your Aircraft Maintenance Business
Airplane maintenance facilities play a specific role in assuring an airplane’s safety through preventative and routine maintenance, repair, and modifications. Airplane maintenance facilities must adhere to highly-stringent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations when servicing airplanes to avoid airplane accidents.
Maintenance lawsuits happen when maintenance facility employees don’t follow regulations or airplane owners and aviation component manufacturers believe a maintenance facility caused an airplane accident. For example, airplane owners might pursue a lawsuit against an aircraft maintenance facility for bad repairs or maintenance. False claims happen, too.
Aircraft maintenance facilities assume significant liability in this line of work. They often need the legal counsel of experienced aviation lawyers like Aero Law Center to resolve legal matters before they get out of hand.
Aero Law Center and our aviation attorneys will ensure your airplane maintenance facility is compliant with FAA regulations and responsive to customer concerns regarding repairs or maintenance to prevent lawsuits or efficiently resolve them.
What are Examples of Aircraft Maintenance Errors?
Ensuring the safety of an airplane and its performance are two primary goals of airplane maintenance facilities. Keeping planes up and running also prevents downtime losses for airplane owners and ensures crew members and passengers are protected from dangerous accidents.
Despite the rules and regulations, airplane accidents happen. According to boeing.com, almost 80 percent of airplane accidents are traced back to maintenance-related errors. Sometimes maintenance crews miss signs of malfunction, or airplane owners opt for cheap labor.
Malfunctioning equipment in an airplane is one of the number one causes of airplane crashes. Examples of the issues that lead to poor performance include:
- Electrical wiring issues
- Leftover loose objects from a repair
- Fitting of wrong parts
- Inadequate lubrication
- Incorrect installation of parts
- Fuel, oil caps, and fuel panels not secured
One of the most important investments any aircraft maintenance facility can make is staff training and development to reduce maintenance and repair errors. We recommend that facilities keep detailed and accurate logbooks to cover their tracks when maintenance checks or repairs are complete.
How Can Maintenance Mistakes Be Prevented?
Airplane maintenance mistakes result in dangerous consequences for passengers and crew members. Maintenance errors can lead to poor airplane performance and accidents that lead to property damage, bodily injury, and death. The key to reducing maintenance issues is understanding why the mistakes happen in the first place.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the following are some of the most common causes of airplane maintenance errors:
- Distractions in the maintenance work environment
- Employee multi-tasking that leads to skipped steps
- Communication errors such as failure to voice concern when there are one or more issues on the aircraft
- Rushed inspections and maintenance checks due to complacency or years of experience
- Inexperienced technicians
- Fatigue and stress due to burnout or staffing shortages
- Adoption of poor practices and procedures
Airplane maintenance facilities shoulder critical tasks and FAA maintenance regulations must be followed to prevent mistakes and save lives. Airplane maintenance facilities are subject to sanctions, license suspension, letters of correction, and remedial training when errors are found and lawsuits are filed.
We help airplane maintenance facilities comply with regulations and improve their businesses to reduce legal issues and customer complaints and avoid penalties.
How Do Maintenance Errors Lead to a Lawsuit?
Airplane owners are customers of airplane maintenance facilities. Sometimes maintenance crews overlook necessary repairs or engage in other negligent behavior. For example, a technician might be assigned to perform a specific maintenance task, such as an oil change.
During the oil change, the technician finds an entirely different issue with the airplane but doesn’t speak up or log the issue in the airplane maintenance facility’s logbook. The issue causes the aircraft to leak, and the mistake later results in thousands of dollars of repair for the airplane owner.
The airplane owner is justified in filing a lawsuit against the airplane maintenance facility for the mistake that caused unnecessary damage and repairs. Airplane maintenance facilities hire Aero Law Center to investigate and settle maintenance negligence lawsuits or dismiss faulty claims.
Our firm will explore different defenses to protect your airplane maintenance facility from costly charges and penalties as lawsuits arise. This might include defenses such as improper aircraft maintenance, assumption of risk, and contributory negligence, depending on the allegations against your business.
Aero Law Center will do our due diligence to protect your airplane maintenance facility from customer backlash, unwanted penalties that impact your business, and legal issues.
How Can an Attorney Help Me with a Lawsuit?
The airplane owner is ultimately responsible for maintaining an airplane’s safety (also known as airworthiness) and condition. However, it is common for airplane owners and pilots to file a lawsuit against an airplane maintenance facility when an airplane accident happens.
If there is a chance a maintenance repair or routine check caused an airplane malfunction, an airplane owner will take the opportunity to recover compensation. When an accident causes bodily injury, death, or property damage, it’s common for airplane maintenance facilities to be investigated and sued.
When lawsuits arise, Aero Law Center gathers evidence, investigates other interested parties, and conducts in-depth consultations with industry experts to build a case and reach a mutually-exclusive agreement. It’s our goal to protect your reputation, reduce risks in your business and resolve legal matters quickly to keep you in business.
Aero Law Center provides airplane maintenance facilities with actionable legal counsel in a demanding and regulated industry prone to disputes, customer challenges, and costly lawsuits that disrupt operations. If your airplane maintenance facility is facing a lawsuit, contact our international aircraft maintenance lawsuit lawyers to get answers: 954-869-8950.