Mother Pursuing Legal Action In MH370 Crash

  • Aug 07 2015
  • Gilleon Law Firm, APC

Dan Gilleon, a personal injury attorney in San Diego, is representing a mother who is pursuing legal action against Malaysia Airlines, saying she has not received any answers as to what happened to the flight her 19-year old son was on when it crashed.

She recently saw a news report on debris that was found that may be related to the crash. She hopes it is not linked to her son’s flight. She stated, “It has been sixteen months. I was so patient. I was hoping…they should say that it belongs to that flight or not.”

Dan Gilleon says that “She’s clinging to this sense of hope that her son is still alive. On the other hand, it’s devastating for her not to know. So she is just torn about this whole thing. It makes it more miserable…that Malaysia Airlines has just left us in the dark. There’s no communication whatsoever. Everything that we learn and that she learns is pretty much through the media. I think that’s deplorable.”

If the debris found is that of Flight MH370, and if a black box is found, it could lead to answers about what happened to the plane. If the black box is found and it reveals that the plane crashed due to a manufacturing issue, the case could become a domestic lawsuit as Boeing is based in Illinois.

Currently, this is an international law suit, meaning the mother and her attorney must go through a treaty called the Montreal Convention which allows for the recovery by families of compensation related to injuries or lost loved ones. According to Dan Gilleon, this particular lawsuit is not about any monetary gains from that complaint, but simply the fact that family wants answers.

Pursuing Compensation in a Plane Crash Case

Aviation accident law is a special part of civil law which covers both major air carrier and general aviation accidents. It can include both commercial and non-commercial aircraft like small planes, charter flights, helicopters, large business jets, pleasure craft and even hang gliders.

Like other types of personal injury cases, in an aviation case the plaintiff must prove negligence on the part of the defendant. The most common causes of aviation accidents include:

  • Pilot error
  • Federal Aviation Administration regulations violations
  • Faulty equipment
  • Structural or design problems
  • Negligence of Federal Air Traffic Controllers
  • Negligence of Flight Service Station employees

The team at the Gilleon Law Firm, APC in San Diego are here to help you if you have lost a loved one in a plane crash. Give us a call today for more information.

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